Why 2019 was the year of Discovery

After a year that started with the global president of Animal Planet dramatically withdrawing from taking over as the CEO of the English Premier League, Discovery Networks International has revealed that 2019 was its biggest year ever in the UK.  Audience share for the broadcaster increased by 7% and VOD requests surpassed 60 million. This […]

There is little reason for consumers to buy an 8K TV in 2020

Each year, CES has some key themes that make their way out and into the mainstream press. This year, one of the most prevalent is 8K. Every major TV manufacturer made a large show of their 8K TVs at CES. Samsung showed off a huge and impressive-looking bezel-less screen which (for some reason) rotates, while […]

A month of plusses

Both Apple and Disney’s premium streamers have been out in the wild for a little over a month. While it is far too soon to pass any judgements about their long-term viability, it is still worth gauging their respective successes at an early stage.   That said, it is largely unfair to pit the two SVODs […]

Broadcasters won’t ditch ads as they bid for streaming dominance

As BBC and ITV’s new boxset platform Britbox is released in Beta, competition in the subscription video streaming market is hotting up. Apple TV+, which launches in November, and Disney+, which is expected to launch next year, will join the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and NowTV in the subscription streaming space.  With all of these […]

AVOD: opening up the vault

Streaming, which dominates so much of conversation around content distribution currently, is set for a massive step change in scale and scope with the launch of multiple new subscription and free services from media and tech giants over the next few months. While industry attention is currently focused on the launch of subscription offerings Disney+, […]

The streaming spectrum

We are getting increasingly closer to the ‘later this year’ to which everyone in the industry has been referring. It will of course be several months after that point where we will be able to determine the initial success of the late-2019 launching streamers – Apple TV+, Disney+, and the beta of HBO Max – […]

Swiss strife: Sunrise, Freenet and Liberty Global

Swiss telco Sunrise has fallen out spectacularly with its biggest shareholder, Germany’s Freenet, over the planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s Swiss business. Sunrise this week accused Freenet board representatives of “a conflict of interest” and resolved to exclude them from discussions about the merger. The telco also asserted that Freenet had previously proposed an illegal […]

Why collaboration is the answer to connected TV measurement

A new digital TV landscape is expected in time for the 2028 Olympics, or so suggests global broadcasting giant NBC, who predicts that all TV will be delivered via an internet connection in less than 10 years. Based on consumers’ evolving content consumption habits – demanding anywhere, at any time – NBC is (wisely) choosing […]

Three is the magic number for Disney

Disney this week unveiled its plan to bundle its new SVOD offering, Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ in the US for US$12.99 a month, a price point that would be highly competitive with Netflix and undercuts the reported US$16-17 a month likely to be charged by WarnerMedia for HBO Max. Disney unveiled the plan for […]

Cable at a crossroads

After over a year in the works, Vodafone has finally wrapped up its acquisition of Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic in a deal valued at €19 billion. The deal leaves Vodafone as “Europe’s largest owner of Gigabit next-generation network infrastructure”, with CEO Nick Read sayingthat the company has “completed […]

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