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Launch of HBO’s Game Of Thrones season 8 triggers global piracy frenzy

The scale of the global content piracy problem was again underlined this week with the news that the first episode of the new season of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55 million times in the first 24 hours after launch, according to analytics firm Muso. By comparison, the show attracted 17.4 million viewers via […]

Delatre report delivers upbeat message for future of OTT sport

Sports media technology firm Delatre has published a wide-ranging analysis of the sports sector (Where the Money is Going: The Future of Sports Entertainment), in which it estimates that global distributors of sports content currently commit 15% of their total budget to the development of the OTT technology stack. In the US alone, this figure […]

Eleven Sports launches LaLiga PPV offer in UK via Onefootball app

Global sports provider Eleven Sports has unveiled an international partnership with digital football platform Onefootball for the launch of a pioneering in-app, pay-per-view live streaming football offer. The new venture means that football fans in the UK and Ireland can now purchase and watch any LaLiga match carried by Eleven Sports for £2.99 (€3.49 in Ireland) on […]

European Audiovisual Observatory launches film VOD directory Lumiere

The European Commission, working with the European Audiovisual Observatory, has launched a new directory to help professionals, public authorities and citizens find information about European films and their availability on-line in VOD services throughout the European Union. The EC and EAO called Lumiere the first service of its kind and said it would increase transparency […]

Roku launches the Olympic Channel

Roku is set to launch the Olympic Channel on its platform, which will include exclusive footage around various sports.  The channel will include a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content. The Olympic Channel will also offer exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage and key athletes. Highlights […]

Lagardere music channel Mezzo launches in Africa via Les Bouquets Canal+

Music channel Mezzo launched on Pan-African PayTV platform Les Bouquets Canal+, this week. Dedicated to classical music, jazz and dance, the service is available in 22 countries primarily across Central and Western Africa. In total, the new carriage arrangement means the channel is available in 80 countries worldwide. Caroline Cochaux, deputy director of TV Channels […]

RTL names Natalie Tideström Heidmark as CEO of United Screens

RTL has appointed Natalie Tideström Heidmark as new CEO of United Screens, the Nordic-based multi-platform network (MPN). Heidmark, most recently sales director of United Screens in Sweden, succeeds United Screens co-founder Malte Andreasson, who will continue to work for the company in a consulting capacity. Heidmark joined United Screens in 2014. Before joining the MPN, […]

RMC Sport app available on XBOX after Microsoft/Altice pact

Microsoft and Altice France have announced the launch of the RMC Sport app on XBOX ONE. The new partnership will enable XBOX ONE users to access RMC Sport content such as UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the English Premier League as well as the sports including basketball, tennis and athletics. The RMC Sport channels […]

Espial announces Alexa certification for 18 operators using Elevate platform

Espial, the company behind TV as a Service (TVaaS) platform Espial Elevate, has announced they have certified several Amazon Alexa voice controls for Elevate’s next-gen IPTV, app-TV and cable services. In what it claims is an industry first, Espial said that Amazon completed a bulk certification of multiple PayTV operators, enabling operators to move rapidly […]

Netflix promises more viewing data as it beats expectations

Netflix bosses have promised to reveal more data around the viewership of its programming after reporting a 22% revenue rise for Q1, 2019. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the streamer would be rolling out more specific and granular data over the next few months, “First to our producers, then our members, and of course, […]

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