TV ‘hugely impactful’ on subscriber take-up, says Liberty Global’s Fries

TV remains a crucial part of the multi-play bundle and a profitable one for Liberty Global, according to CEO Mike Fries, while the falling cost of in-home equipment means that gross margins from the video business remain high. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q2 earnings, Fries said that “the vast majority of […]

Ofcom: older viewers driving COVID-19 boost in streaming

UK adults doubled the amount of time spent on streamers during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, a report from the country’s media regulator has found. Ofcom revealed the finding in its Media Nations 2020 report, adding that 12 million adults had signed up to streaming services in April, with three million of those having […]

Discovery sees ad revenues drop as COVID-19 takes its toll

Discovery saw its revenues drop by 12% overall in Q2 to US$2.541 billion as the COVID-19 pandemic hit ad sales in particular. OIBDA dropped by 11% to US$1.127 billion with a particular hit from international markets. The drop was expected, and Discovery exceeded analysts’ expectation for revenue numbers and earnings per share. CEO David Zaslav […]

Movistar+ launches on Apple TV

Telefónica has made its pay TV service Movistar+ available on Apple TV – the latest move by TV operators to expand their footprint beyond the confines of the operator-controlled set-top box. The operator said that the move represented another step in the expansion of the ecosystem of devices through which its TV platform is available […]

STV player launches on Freeview Play

Scottish broadcaster STV’s free VOD service STV Player has launched UK-wide on TV platform Freeview Play. This expansion will see the player automatically installed on the platform and available to an additional nine million devices across the UK. It is part of STV’s strategy to significantly increase the market for its streaming platform. Freeview Play […]

Eutelsat delivers ‘robust’ results as broadcast business holds up

Satellite operator Eutelsat has turned in what CEO Rodolphe Belmer described as a “robust” set of full-year results that saw broadcast revenues fall by only 1.2% on a like-for-like basis year-on-year, while overall revenue dropped by 5%. Eutelsat posted total revenue of €1.278 billion for the year, with broadcast revenues accounting for €785 million, the […]

iPlayer charts record H1 with Normal People most watched series

The BBC iPlayer has continued to demonstrate its value to the pubcaster, with the on demand service recording its best-ever H1 in 2020. The service saw a renewed emphasis from the BBC amid the UK’s months-long lockdown with an increased amount of archival content, a feature that allows viewers from multiple households to watch together, […]

Disney to launch adult-oriented Star streamer internationally in 2021

Buoyed by the news that Disney+ had reached 60.5 million subscribers as part of a total subscriber base of 100 million for its D2C segment, Disney has announced that it will launch a new international streaming service. Launching next year, the company will offer an international streaming service dubbed Star, and while details are scarce, […]

Mulan goes TVOD as Disney attempts to revive faltering movie business

Disney will follow other major movie studios in making its delayed blockbuster Mulan available to rent via Disney+. Like other major movie studios, Disney has had to shelve its major cinematic releases, with Marvel movies The New Mutants and Black Widow both being pushed back to later in 2020. Unfortunate timing meant that the live […]

ViacomCBS to launch new ad platform

US media giant ViacomCBS has announced the launch of a new connected video advertising product dubbed EyeQ. The company said that the ad platform will serve as a single transactional point of entry for digital video content from its portfolio. In effect, EyeQ will allow advertisers to run campaigns across all of ViacomCBS’s video platforms […]

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