Netflix is not playing games

Netflix was not messing around when it said that it was making a move into video games. Following on from the hire of former Facebook and EA exec Mike Verdu earlier this year, Netflix has acquired its very first video game studio to spearhead its movement into the space. Fittingly the acquired game developer – […]

The changing face of Liberty Global

Liberty Global has featured prominently in DTVE’s news feed several times this week. On Wednesday we led with the story that the cable giant was finally exiting the Polish market by selling its operation there to Xavier Niel’s Iliad Group. Today, our lead story was the news that the cable giant’s ventures unit was contemplating […]

Cabinet reshuffle comes at tumultuous time for UK pubcasters

When Boris Johnson’s Conservative party was elected in late 2019, one of the first things the prime minister did was to send chancellor Rishi Sunak on national television to launch a public inquiry into the criminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee. Fast forward 21 months or so and the government has a new culture […]

In the attention economy, YouTube is the king of video

It is of little surprise that YouTube is a huge money maker for Google.  The video platform is the second most-visited website on the internet behind only Google itself, and registers 2 billion monthly active users including 120 million who watch on their smart TVs. All of that translates to a significant amount of money […]

What does a streaming-only Sky Q box mean for the UK pay TV market?

After years of silence, Sky may be on the verge of launching a streaming-only version of Sky Q in the UK. Initially proposed by then-CEO Stephen van Rooyen in 2017 and slated for a 2018 launch, such a product was launched earlier this month in Germany bringing new speculation surrounding a UK rollout.  This culminated […]

Sky’s streaming partnership with ViacomCBS should bring out the best in both companies

Seemingly out of nowhere, Comcast-owned Sky this week announced a European collaborative streaming project with ViacomCBS. The service, dubbed SkyShowtime, will reach more than 20 European territories encompassing 90 million homes. Importantly for Sky, the SVOD will be launched in markets outside the operator’s existing pay TV and OTT footprint.  Details on pricing and a […]

Poland’s new media law shows the dark side of regulating foreign TV players

European governments and broadcasters in recent years have been somewhat helpless to curb the ‘invasion’ of US media giants. Perhaps the biggest example is Netflix. The California-based streaming company is the largest in the world and – save for a handful of markets where local players with bolstered rights portfolios are in the lead – […]

ML-based Captions are Crucial for Streaming Media

Automatic speech recognition and other ML technologies are enabling streaming providers to realize tremendous efficiencies in the media captions workflow. Thanks to the latest advancements in ML, video service providers can ensure that when content is delivered in different geographies and quality levels for OTT platforms, captions maintain outstanding quality. Delivering high-quality captions is becoming even more […]

Sky is quickly becoming the gateway to Europe for US streamers

Over the past seven days, two giants of US broadcasting – NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS – have announced partnerships with Sky to roll out their respective streaming services in Europe.  In the case of NBCU’s Peacock, a rollout on Sky is unsurprising given that they share the same parent company in Comcast, but it is the […]

Is WarnerMedia wise to delay the European HBO Max rollout?

After something of a stumbling start of carriage issues and technical errors, HBO Max has established itself as a major streaming competitor in the US. While it is still some way off Netflix’s 209 million subscribers, the streaming leader this week recorded its worst quarter for growth since its business was built around DVD rentals. […]

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