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Disney’s streaming play and Fox’s Sky bid

Disney CEO Bob Iger this week used the company’s Q3 results to open the door of the room in which the Mouse House’s new streaming service is being prepared a fraction, giving investors a peek at what is envisaged. Iger told analysts that Disney will “continue to move full steam ahead with our direct-to-consumer strategy”, […]

Entertainment marketers: AI won’t steal your jobs, but get ready for change

Amid a popular culture rife with chilling, dystopian portrayals of artificial intelligence, you may be scared spineless about the technology’s impact on your relevance in the workplace, and who could blame you? Yet, there’s evidence that AI is actually creating new jobs, with a recent study estimating 2.3 million AI-generated jobs by 2020, far more […]

Ofcom’s Communications Market Report: twilight of the broadcasters

It is an observation so commonplace as to be barely worth reproducing: change happens more slowly than people think, before it happens more quickly. It is occasionally accompanied by a reference to the scene in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in which one character asks another “How did you go bankrupt?” which elicits the […]

ITV, SVOD and Kangaroo 2: look before you leap

UK commercial broadcaster ITV this week said that it plans to go ahead with a push in the subscription video-on-demand space, claiming that UK consumers are “willing to pay for high quality British television that they can watch on their terms – accessible anywhere, anytime and without ads.” ITV’s indication that it is thinking more […]

Netflix’s summertime blues

Some of the shine came off Netflix this week, with the streaming giant’s subscriber growth falling a million short of expectations. Netflix’s addition of 5.2 million new members in Q2 led to an immediate dip in its share price. The SVOD company has also forecast a year-on-year decline in net additions for the quarter to […]

The birth of MediaKind

One small step for Ericsson, one giant leap for MediaKind. Ericsson Media Solutions’ rebrand this week ahead of completion of the carve-out that will see One Media Partners take a 51% stake in the venture came after “a lot of input” from the company’s employees, according to chief marketing officer Arun Bhikshesvaran. The brand is […]

Sky and regulation: media companies v internet giants

Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch this week called for tougher regulation of online content and for a new regulatory body to be set up to oversee content on the platforms of tech giants such as Google and Facebook. The fact that one-time disruptor and pay TV buccaneer Sky is calling for ‘more regulation’ – albeit […]

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery: broadcasters team up for OTT TV

This week saw German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 team up with the mighty Discovery to launch a new OTT TV platform for Germany. The service, to be launched in the first half of next year, will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The pair are however opening the platform plan […]

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 […]