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Reports: Apple targets spring launch for video service

Apple is reportedly planning to launch its much-anticipated video streaming service this spring, offering original programming as well as subscription TV services from a range of partners. CNBC reported this week that Apple is in the final stages of preparing its video service and is aiming to launch it in April or early May. A separate Reuters […]

Brightcove buys Ooyala’s online video platform business for US$15m

Brightcove has agreed to buy Ooyala’s online video platform (OVP) business for roughly US$15 million. Brightcove said it plans to integrate aspects of Ooyala’s technology into its platform to provide a “more robust global offering”. As part of the deal, Brightcove will acquire Ooyala’s video content management and publishing platform Backlot, Analytics, Live, and its […]

Facebook expands ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe

Facebook is expanding its ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe, rolling out the new feature in the UK, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Facebook’s director media partnerships, EMEA, Patrick Walker, announced the move in a blog post published to coincide with the social network’s first Facebook Creator Day in EMEA and this week’s Vidcon London event. At […]

UKTV’s Alibi channel moves into originals

Crime drama channel Alibi has commissioned its first scripted drama with six-part series Traces. The 6 x 60-minute drama, written by Amelia Bullmore and produced by Studiocanal-backed Red, is based on an original idea by crime writer Val McDermid. The crime thriller is set in Scotland and follows three women who must use the rigors […]

Bolloré to step down from Vivendi board

Vincent Bolloré is due to step down from the Vivendi board in April, according to a statement included in the firm’s latest earnings report. At the company’s shareholders’ meeting on April 15, shareholders will be asked to appoint Bolloré’s son, Cyrille Bolloré, as board member in his place. Another of his sons, Yannick Bolloré, is […]

Eleven Sports launches on Amazon Fire Sticks and Android TVs

Streaming service Eleven Sports has launched apps for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Android TVs in the UK and Ireland. The user interface for each app is optimised for TV and will offer content in HD 1080p resolution. Eleven Sports is already available via Google Chromecast and the company said that apps for Samsung Smart […]

Eurosport Romania extends Premier League deal

Eurosport in Romania has extended its partnership with the English Premier League for another three seasons, starting 2019-2020. Eurosport will hold exclusive TV and digital rights to England’s top-tier competition until 2022 in Romania, with fans able to watch live matches on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. Viewers will also be able to access Premier League […]

Eutelsat signs deal with Afghanistan Broadcasting System

Eutelsat has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract with Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) to provide video capacity via its Eutelsat 53A satellite. ABS will use Eutelsat 53A’s Ku-band resources over Central Asia to provide nationwide coverage for its new DTH platform, Oqaab HD+. The capacity will also enable ABS to extend its DTT network from Kabul […]

EU reaches agreement over controversial copyright rules

The European Commission has reached an agreement over new copyright rules, including the controversial Article 13 that will require platforms like YouTube to tackle copyright infringements at the point of upload. One of the objectives of the of directive is to “reinforce the position of creators and right holders,” helping them to be remunerated for […]

Telefónica hails ‘unbeatable’ combination of Netflix with Movistar+

Over a third of new Movistar+ subscribers have signed up for a package that includes access to Netflix since Telefónica included the subscription video-on-demand leader in its TV offering on December 11. According to the Spanish telco, 35% of Movistar customers with access to packages that enable them to view Netflix have taken up this […]

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