Sky Italia MD and programming chief to leave

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Viaplay subs jump by a quarter as NENT Group targets new markets

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) saw its Viaplay streaming service’s subscriber base jump by 25% year-on-year in the quarter to March, taking its total to 3.147 million. Viaplay added 127,000 subs in the first quarter, helping it along the way to its goal of adding at least 650,000 paying subs this year. That expected growth […]

Tele2 sees TV base and revenues decline

Swedish service provider Tele2 saw its domestic TV revenues and subscriber base decline in the course of the first quarter despite progress in migrating customer to fixed-mobile convergence offerings. Swedish digital TV end-user service revenue declined by 8%, which the company attributed to lower digital-terrestrial subs and lower revenue from premium sports packages. The company […]

Horse & Country launches free service on Vizio SmartCast

Equestrian sports network Horse & Country has launched its free, ad-supported channel on the Vizio SmartCast platform in America. Every new Vizio Smart TV comes equipped with SmartCast and delivers entertainment options with access to hundreds of free channels and content across multiple genres. Audiences can now tune into Horse & Country on channel 507 […]

Super League not dead yet insists Real Madrid president

Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid and key driver of the proposed breakaway European Super League, has insisted that the project is not dead in spite of its visible collapse. Within 48 hours of the controversial competition’s announcement, the six involved English clubs pulled out following pressure from the press and supporters. They were […]

IBC confirms plans for 2021 event staging

The organisers of IBC have confirmed plans for staging the event later this year. Confirming plans to fall back to December if necessary, IBC director Imran Sroya said that there will be an update on the date in early June, but that the company is “optimistic about holding a live event” either in September or […]

Disney and Sony announce content distribution deal

Disney has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures, in a agreement which will bring its theatrical releases to its OTT platforms. The companies confirmed that theatrical releases from 2022-26 are covered by the deal, with Disney gaining access following their Pay 1 TV window. The announcement comes after Sony signed a similarly high-profile distribution […]

Roku enters into Original programming, rebrands Quibi content

Roku has announced its expansion into original content. The streaming stick maker said that it will launch over 75 series and films this year as a part of its free-to-view Roku Channel. A significant chunk of this library will be made up of the content that Roku picked up from short-lived streaming service Quibi earlier […]

CABSAT delayed to October

CABSAT, the Dubai event for the Middle East and North African satellite, digital media and filmed entertainment industries, has been postponed from its initially scheduled May dates. The event will still take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, but has been pushed back to October 26-28. Calling it a ‘special edition’, CABSAT said that […]

BOLD MSS launches Android TV app for operators

Uruguayan systems integrator and software developer BOLD MSS has launched a new Android TV app for cable TV operators. The new white labeled app promises to allow operators to distribute their own custom devices based on the Android TV platform. BOLD said that the solution is adapted to the latest demands and requirements of subscribers […]

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