Sports broadcasters look to the cloud in pandemic return

From dearth to excess; sports are back on TV with a vengeance to make up for lost time.  The English Premier league, for example, is scheduled to cram in 92 matches between its June 17 resumption and the end of July, while other competitions like the Formula One are taking a less breakneck pace but […]

AVOD is coming. How do you sell it to viewers?

At the start of the year there was widespread discussion about the projected rise of AVOD, but what no-one could have foreseen then was that SVOD would lead a huge increase in OTT viewing in Q2. The world has turned on its head in so many ways recently that such predictions have gone out of […]

Excitement grows over broadcast opportunities for targeted advertising

Excitement is building in the broadcast community over Targeted Advertising (TA). For years, online video distribution had a distinct edge over broadcast since it could deliver targeted ads to mobile devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets. But a growing number of connected TVs in homes coupled with recent standardization work done by the DVB Project […]

What Disney’s linear switch-off means for the pay TV industry

Streaming is the future of Disney’s TV business – at least that’s the message sent out in the UK with the company making the call to shut down its kids channels at the end of September. After 25 years of broadcasting programming that defined many a millennial childhood – with shows like Boy Meets World, […]

Is coronavirus just an excuse for Quibi’s poor performance?

Quibi, the short-form streamer which launched with outrageously deep pockets and significant fanfare on April 6, has barely left the news over the past three months for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blaming its underwhelming subscriber numbers on the global coronavirus pandemic, advertisers seeking revised deals as a result of […]

Pay TV absorbs the streaming revolution

The revolution brought about by streaming services has to a large extent upturned the old ‘big basic plus premium’ model of pay TV. But does this mean that pay TV as a business is on its knees? The streaming revolution is far from over. This week brought news from the latest edition of the American […]

Restoration and progression – the challenges facing new BBC director general Tim Davie

Following six months of intense speculation, Tim Davie has been appointed as the director general of the BBC. Davie is no stranger to the broadcaster, having headed up commercial operations at BBCS and its predecessor BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) for more than seven years. But while he is well known inside of the organisation, the incoming […]

Maxed out? Do US audiences have room for Warner’s new streamer?

AT&T’s long-awaited Netflix rival is here. Almost seven months after it was first announced, HBO Max has landed on TV sets around the US. The streamer launches with more than 10,000 hours of content from across the AT&T-owned WarnerMedia’s library from the likes of Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic […]

The show mustn’t go on – industry figures react to IBC’s cancellation

While hardly surprising, it was still a shock to hear that IBC will not be taking place in 2020. The International Broadcasting Convention – better known as IBC – is the leading event for the TV industry. The Amsterdam event regularly attracts more than 50,000 attendees from all around the world and is an essential […]

VOD buyers are pioneering acquisition in a post-COVID-19 world

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, the process for acquiring content in the international television industry had been changing at an accelerating pace. Needless to say, the growth of global streaming platforms – both the VoD giants and the thousands of smaller niche players – is a well-documented trend. But coinciding with these platforms’ rapid trajectory […]