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Rivals gaining on still-dominant Netflix in US

Rival services Hulu and Amazon Prime are making up ground in the battle with Netflix in the US, with the latter remaining dominant but losing market share, according to eMarketer. According to the research outfit, Netflix’s share of the US OTT market will drop to 87% this year, down from 90% in 2014. It predicts […]

Latin American pay TV operators optimistic about OTT and sports streaming

Latin America pay TV executive are more optimistic about the impact of the shift to OTT TV on their businesses than the global average, with a large majority expecting moderate to strong growth in new sports streaming services, according to technology outfit Nagra and research outfit MTM’s latest Pay TV Innovation Forum report. According to […]

Polish football league launches international streaming service

The Polish Ekstraklasa football league has launched its own OTT TV streaming service, Ekstraklasa.tv. According to the league, it expects the service to deliver additional revenue and to serve as a way to way to reach fans of Polish football around the world. The service will include live coverage of matches with Polish-language match commentary […]

Portuguese watchdog sets out 700MHz migration timetable

Portuguese digital-terrestrial TV broadcasters will have to vacate the 700MHz band in a process that is set to begin in January and will take place over approximately six months, according to a timetable set by regulator ANACOM. ANACOM, like other European regulators, is clearing 700MHz spectrum to make way for 5G mobile services. The European […]

Hasbro capitalises on weak pound with US$4 billion eOne acquisition

My Little Pony owner Hasbro has acquired indie studio Entertainment One (eOne) in a surprise $4bn all-cash deal.  The acquisition will see the US play and entertainment brand – which is the parent company of labels such as My Little Pony, Transformers and Power Rangers – adding eOne’s global brands such as Peppa Pig and […]

Eurochannel launches in Kosovo with Artmotion

European film and series channel Eurochannel has launched Kosovo through a distribution partnership with local pay TV operator Artmotion. Eurochnanel will be available to all Artmotion subscribers on channel 40. To mark the debut of its operations in Kosovo, Eurochannel will offer Artmotion subscribers an exclusive selection of more than 80 European films and TV […]

DAZN adds basketball world cup to growing roster of rights

Sports streamer DAZN has acquired the rights to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in three markets. DAZN will exclusively host the tournament in Japan and Canada, and has non-exclusive rights for Spain.  The tournament, emanating from China, will run from August 31 to September 15. FIBA Media, a joint venture between FIBA and DAZN Group […]

New sports channels announced for cord-cutting PlayStation Vue 

Sony’s PlayStation Vue has announced the addition of the NHL Network and the ACC Network to its offerings. The NHL Network, dedicated to ice hockey, will air matches including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, World Championships and Memorial Cup.  ESPN’s ACC Network is a new channel focused on college sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference. As […]

Sony to launch free-to-air Christmas pop-up channel

Sony has announced the return of its dedicated Christmas pop-up channel in the UK. The Sony Movies Christmas channel will start broadcasting on September 10, and will be available until January.  The channel will be available on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 and Freesat 303. Programming will include channel premieres such as Holiday Road […]

PTC calls on Netflix to scrap 13 Reasons Why

The Parents Television Council (PTC) has called on Netflix to cancel controversial teen drama series 13 Reasons Why. The teen drama is based around the story of a teen suicide and the titular 13 Reasons Why she did it.  Netflix had previously removed the infamous suicide scene and added content warnings to the show following […]

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