Thrill One launches, combining Nitro Circus, SLS and Superjacket

Sports investment firms The Raine Group and Causeway Media have partnered to launch Thrill One Sports & Entertainment. The new company will combine extreme sports production companies Nitro Circus, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) and Superjacket Productions. Thrill One claims it is the world’s largest independent action sports operator and media company. Leading the new company […]

ODMedia opens office in Poland

Dutch media company ODMedia has announced the opening of its Poland office. The Warsaw office joins others in the UK, Germany, Spain, Benelux, South Africa and  Scandinavia. The Dutch company is a provider of digital media and aggregation services. It has strategic partnerships with a range of leading OTT players. This new office will be […]

ZEE5 opens up on Bangladeshi expansion

Asian streamer ZEE5 has unveiled its plans for its Bangladesh expansion.  At the focus will be original content, with the launch of ZEE5’s first Bangladeshi originals to be released in 2020. Both – romantic film Jodi… Kintu… Tobuo and crime series Contract – will be produced with local production house Asiatic’s Good Company with a […]

Quarter of Americans using AVODs

A quarter of US households regularly use free ad-supported OTT services. According to a new study from Parks Associates, 25% of US broadband households have watched video on a free, ad-based OTT service in the past 30 days. Unlike in SVOD where Netflix is the head of the pack, there is no clear market leader […]

Insight TV announces tech deal with Amagi

UHD broadcaster Insight TV has announced a partnership with cloud-based tech vendor Amagi.  Amagi manages 250 channels in more than 40 countries. Its clients include Turner Broadcasting, Discovery and PBS America. The partnership sees Insight’s three newly launched OTT channels – Insight TV Lifestyle, InWonder and InTrouble – transition to the Amagi cloud platform. The […]

Eutelsat successfully launches Konnect satellite 

French satellite maker Eutelsat has successfully launched its Eutelsat Konnect satellite.  The satellite was launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9.05 pm on January 16. Eutelsat Konnect is the first satellite to use Thales Alenia Space’s […]

NBCU lifts lid on freemium Peacock

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

Hopster takes leap into Africa

Early learning entertainment platform Hopster has launched in Africa, in partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom and Congolese telco MTN. The launch also comes in partnership with mobile and web application platform provider AfrikaStream. In addition to worldwide brands like Pingu and Peppa Pig, users will be able to access Nigerian series Bino and Fino along […]

Netflix raises Belgian subscription prices

Netflix has announced a price increase for Belgium. According to Le Soir, the ubiquitous streamer will raise the price of its standard and premium subscriptions by €1 and €2 to €11.99 and €15.99 per month respectively. The company will keep the basic subscription at €7.99 per month, a price which has not been raised since […]

Piracy to exceed US$67 billion by 2023

The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV consumers has been projected to exceed US$67 billion by 2023.  According to a new study from Parks Associates, if 10% of pay TV subscribers discontinued paying for the service in favour of piracy it could cost operators US$6 billion. The report also […]

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