Any UK regulation on streaming must serve the industry and not stray into spite

Streaming services on both sides of the channel were hit this week with news that they will be subject to tighter rules and regulations. In the UK, the government has confirmed that it will look to explore regulation for streaming services that would make them face the same rules as traditional broadcasters. Given the vocal […]

The  pros and cons of FAST

When we launched our AVOD service Watch4 in Germany six years ago, the goal was to make it easy for users to access so they could have the optimal viewing experience. The same was the case with our sister service W4Free in the UK. But as the streaming wars started heating up, so too did […]

Why has Patrick Drahi just invested £2.2 billion in BT?

In a move which came as a huge surprise to anyone without a crystal ball, Patrick Drahi – the billionaire owner of Altice – is now the largest shareholder in BT. The 57 year-old French-Israeli-Moroccan businessman has made a splash with his first investment in the UK’s telecommunications sector, purchasing a 12.1% stake in BT […]

Why big streamers are opting for ads

Is there anyone out there still doubting AVOD? This week saw the launch of HBO Max’s US$9.99 per month ad-supported tier, while ViacomCBS will introduce a US$5 per month ad-supported offer next week. Elsewhere in the US, NBCUniversal’s hybrid approach to Peacock – with two ad-supported tiers and one premium ad-free tier – has seen […]

Amazon’s MGM deal shows that owning content is key to streaming success

Amazon has announced a blockbuster deal to buy one of the genuine titans of Hollywood MGM. Despite being one of the oldest film studios in the world, the 97-year old company’s financial difficulties have been well documented. The firm filed for bankruptcy in 2009 with US$3.7 billion of debt, and though it bounced back from […]

Welcome to the world of 360-degree video

Meet Emily. She and her family have all been working remotely from home for the last 14 months, including several lockdown periods. Finally, they’ve all had their COVID-19 vaccines and Emily is looking for a sunny holiday destination for the late summer. She usually prefers vacationing by the sea under the blue Mediterranean sky. Emily […]

With its green light, the joint O2-Virgin Media has scale and scope to rival BT

A full year after it was first announced, the merger of Virgin Media and O2 has been approved by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The 50:50 merger between Liberty Global and Telefónica’s respective fixed-line and mobile operators was first announced in May 2020. It values O2 at £12.7 billion and Liberty’s Virgin Media at […]

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