YouTube’s Ticket for the streaming sports express

Sports streaming is expected to be one of the big TV industry themes for this year. And the news at the end of December that Google’s YouTube had secured the rights to the US NFL’s Sunday Ticket, a subscription package that allows users to watch most Sunday afternoon football games, provides further compelling evidence that […]

The Year in View

For our final edition of 2022, we’re going expand the scope of DTVE Week in View, which for this week only becomes DTVE Year in View. We’ll take a look at 10 of the most-read stories from 2022 and what they say about the state of the industry.   In reverse order of popularity: 10. […]

Value ad: Netflix, Disney and the hybrid streaming model

With this week’s launch of Disney’s ad-supported streaming option and Netflix’s recent decision to sign up to audience measurement in the UK with BARB, it seems that subscription streaming with advertising has definitively arrived. But how big is this subscription-plus-ads model likely to be? Netflix and Disney were both present at this week’s Future of […]

Has the shine come off streaming?

Following a hell-for-leather dash to capture as many streaming subscribers as possible, there is currently plenty of evidence of an industry slamming its collective feet on the brake pedal and screeching, if not to a halt, at least to a much slower and more cautious pace. This week saw several stories emerge that highlight the […]

The dilemma facing broadcasters

How should national broadcasters respond to the ongoing decline in linear viewing and the rise of streaming? Broadcasters have watched the rise of streaming with some trepidation. Even if Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ frequent public predictions about the imminent death of linear TV can be absorbed with a pinch of salt, the data shows that […]

MELS 22: TikTok triumphant­ – the future of online video

Digital TV Europe publisher Informa organised our first Media & Entertainment Leaders Summit (MELS) this week, with input from a number of top global media executives and data from our sister research organisation Omdia. Omdia’s opening presentation at the event, following a keynote from Starzplay CEO Maaz Sheikh, highlighted the phenomenal growth of TikTok. Maria […]

Viaplay: adjusting aim to hit the target

There have been some signs of late that the second tier of streaming platforms below giants Netflix and Disney+ are stuttering. Huge cuts at Warner Bros. Discovery and uncertainty about the direction of its streaming strategy internationally are now well documented, while smaller player Lionsgate recently decided to pull its recently rebranded streamer Lionsgate+ from […]

Liberty Global: a story with pictures

As every business journalist knows, storytelling is one of the principal jobs of the CEO of any public company. Providing a convincing narrative about the company’s strategy, putting the best possible gloss on the quarterly numbers, making sure listeners remain keen to follow the next instalment, is an essential part of the role. Inevitably, the […]

Comcast takes hit as prospects darken for Sky

Comcast’s acquisition of Sky four years ago was not greeted warmly by analysts, with many taking the view that the US cable giant had overpaid for an asset that, with its large base of satellite pay TV customers, looked like a fading star. The fact that Comcast’s latest Q3 numbers include a US$8.6 billion write-down […]

Netflix puts the past behind it

Netflix produced investor-pleasing results this week, beating expectations and its own guidance in terms of revenue, operating income and membership. The company effectively buried the memory of Q2, when it lost close to a million subs and some began to question whether the creator of the SVOD market was entering a spiral of decline. The […]