Facebook to up video investment in 2018 as it focuses on social interactions

Facebook plans to ramp up video investment throughout the rest of the year as it looks to differentiate its offering from rivals like YouTube by focusing on personal connections. Speaking on the company’s first quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while passive video consumption is down on the site – a result of […]

Conviva: Apple TV leads growth as streaming viewing hours ramp up dramatically

Growth in viewing time on Apple TV devices in the first quarter of this year outpaced all other devices by almost two times, according to data analytics outfit Conviva’s All-Screen Census Report Q1 2018. According to statistics from Conviva’s customer base, Apple TV saw 709% increase in viewing hours year-on-year in Q1. During the same […]

Telefónica sees convergence drive pay TV uptake

Telefónica saw its global pay TV base grow by 5% year-on-year to reach 8.6 million at the end of the first quarter, with 137,000 net additions in Q1 actually exceeding the Q4 2017 figure of 92,000. Growth in subscriptions was driven by IPTV, which grew by 18%. The quarter saw the launch of Telefónica’s Movistar […]

WARC: TV ad revenue in the UK to rebound this year

TV adverting revenue is expected to rebound this year after dropping in 2017, in part due to the Russia World Cup this summer. This is according to the Advertising Association/WARC’s latest Expenditure Report, which claims that TV ad spend dipped 3.2% last year to £5.11 billion but will climb 2.3% in 2018 and 3.0% in […]

Orange ups TV customer base by 6.1%

Orange has increased its number of TV customers by 6.1% year-on-year to 9.097 million following strong gains in Spain and Poland. Announcing its first quarter results, Orange said that it upped its TV base by 19.6% year-on-year in Spain, recording 641,000 customers as of March 31, 2018. In Poland its TV numbers climbed 12.5% year-on-year […]

TVP launches subscription VOD service

Polish public broadcaster TVP has launched its own subscription video-on-demand service, Strefa Abo, providing about 150 movies and series for a monthly fee. The service includes archive content from the BBC, such as Allo Allo, War and Peace, House of Cards and Pride and Prejudice, as well as Polish series and other international series. Maciej […]

H&C launches US OTT TV offering

Equestrian-themed multiscreen TV offering H&C – Horse & Country – has launched in the US, available on Roku streaming players and Roku TV models. H&C is offering a linear 24-hour channel, a 10-day catch-up service and video-on-demand for US$8.99 (€7.40) a month or US$89.99 a year. H&C subscribers in the United States will have access […]

A1 Telekom Austria sees pay TV grow but fixed-line business declines

A1 Telekom Austria saw its domestic and international fixed-line base decline in the first quarter, with growth in pay TV failing to offset a near across-the-board decline in fixed broadband and phone customers. Telekom Austria saw its domestic Austrian TV base increase by 4.1% to 302,000 in the first quarter, while its fixed broadband base […]

Hopster closes ‘multi-million pound’ investment round

Pre-school entertainment and learning app, Hopster, has closed a multi-million pound funding round led by existing investor, Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). While details of the raise were not disclosed, Hopster founder and CEO, Nick Walters, said the company will use the money to “keep doing what we pledged: provide a safe, ad-free and nurturing digital […]

YouTube Red orders Lou Pearlman documentary

YouTube has ordered a documentary from Pilgrim Media Group about Lou Pearlman, the maverick music producer who managed bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but ultimately ended up dying in jail after running a massive ‘Ponzi’ scheme. The production will air on subscription platform YouTube Red. Entitled The Lou Pearlman Project (working title), the documentary […]

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