English Premier League: Amazon on the pitch

Four months on from the initial award of English Premier League rights, Amazon has finally walked on to the pitch to score with a package of 20 matches per season, including bank holiday fixtures, in addition to weekly highlights. In the end, in the wake of much speculation over its intentions at the time of […]

Mediapro scores as Canal+ loses Ligue 1

Football is an unpredictable game, and the decision by the French professional football league (LFP) to award Ligue 1 rights to Spanish upstart Mediapro this week has certainly caused a stir, with local media pondering wither the move could mean disaster for struggling Canal+. Mediapro secured the bulk of the rights to Ligue 1 football […]

Comcast saddles up for Fox hunt

Comcast’s statement this week that it is in “advanced stages of preparing” an all-cash offer for the 21st Century Fox assets promised to Disney presents a fresh headache for the Murdoch clan. Already facing a challenge from Comcast in the shape of its competitive bid for Sky, which in turn could complicate the Disney agreement, […]

Personalised content – why does it matter?

In a world where more content is available than ever before, personalisation of the viewing experience is becoming more important, writes Erik Ramberg, head of TV platform product management, Ericsson Media Solutions. In a smartphone-centric world, on-demand, anytime, anywhere content has created viewing habits that have fundamentally changed the way content is consumed. While traditional […]

BT and Amazon: content and convergence

BT’s announcement this week that it will integrate Amazon Prime Video into its TV offering marks a significant shift for both parties, and also illustrates a wider ongoing change in the pay TV business. Under new consumer chief Marc Allera, BT is not only opening up its platform to embrace Amazon Prime Video – something […]

Telcos join the drama club

Kate Bulkley looks at the growing interest among telcos in teaming up to acquire original drama content as they seek to compete with Netflix and Amazon.  It’s just over a quarter of a century since Bruce Springsteen’s song 57 Channels and Nothin’ On was a huge hit. A lot has changed in TV since then. […]

Vodafone and Liberty Global: the battle for hearts and minds

First comes the deal. Then the battle for hearts and minds. Liberty Global and Vodafone have their €18.4 billion agreement. As long expected, Liberty will sell Germany’s Unitymedia to the mobile giant along with its central and eastern European assets with the exception of Poland and Slovakia. In announcing the agreement, Liberty Global and Vodafone […]

Back to the future: NDS and the return of Abe Peled

Cisco this week took a big step towards exiting the service provider video technology business it entered with much fanfare 13 years ago with the acquisition of Scientific Atlanta. The tech conglomerate purchased the set-top and cable modem company for US$6.9 billion (€5.8 billion) in 2005, finally selling out to Technicolor for somewhat less – […]

Comcast and Disney: rival suitors for Sky

Comcast this week came good on its promise of a bid for Sky, throwing a spanner in the works of 21st Century Fox’s moves to consolidate the pay TV operator ahead of its own acquisition by Disney. The £22 billion (€25 billion) bid means it is now far from clear how Fox’s plans will pan […]

A payment method rethink for OTT TV

The Over The Top (OTT) direct-to-consumer market opportunity demands a payment method rethink, writes Michael Tomlins, CEO of Infomedia. Changing viewer behaviour has led to an increase in content providers marketing their content direct-to-consumers – bypassing the TV networks or channels they relied on previously.  Most content providers are currently focusing their efforts on identifying the right distribution […]

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