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North American SVOD subscriptions set to grow dramatically

The number of North American subscription video-on-demand subscriptions ­– specifically for SVOD movie, linear channel and TV series services and excluding the likes of sports streaming services –­ will grow from 160 million in 2018 to 270 million in 2024, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research. These figures represent individual SVOD subscriptions rather than […]

UKTV launches live streaming of channels

UK multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has now introduced live streaming of five channels on its UKTV Play website, with availability on TV and mobile apps to follow. From today, viewers will be able to watch Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play’s mobile and TV apps in the […]

Freesat adds Paramount Network

UK satellite free-to-view platform Freesat has added Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels. The addition will give Freesat users access to US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, legal drama Suits. Marvel Agent Carter and DC’s Arrow. Other content includes US hidden camera show Impractical Jokers and comedy show The Office. The channel […]

Spanish pay TV grows, boosted by IPTV and bundling

The Spanish TV industry closed 2018 with 6.8 million subscribers, including 6.2 million that took a pay TV service as part of a bundled offering with one of more of broadband, fixed phone and mobile fixed and broadband services, according to Spanish regulator the CNMC. According to the markets watchdog, pay TV in Spain generated […]

BBC Studios strikes deal for content on Cosmote TV

BBC Studios has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s pay TV platform Cosmote TV today that will see it license over 250 hours of premium factual titles from BBC Studios for the Greek service’s on demand offering. The deal is designed to complement the schedule for the BBC Earth linear channel which […]

Arte planning VOD platform

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, Arte president of Arte France, […]

Telenet CIO Lloyd to leave company

Samantha Lloyd, chief information officer of Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is to leave the company at the end of July. Lloyd will take on the role of chief data and information officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet said it will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, Telenet created a […]

Parrot Analytics: Stranger Things tops in-demand Hungarian digital originals

Netflix’s Stranger Things topped Parrot Analytics’ list of in-demand digital originals in Hungary for the week ending April 7, followed closely followed by Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS Discovery title that is distributed by Netflix internationally. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial […]

Here TV taps Bitmax for video processing and licensing services

Digital media management and licensing provider Bitmax has struck a multi-year deal to provide digital media processing and licensing services for LGBTQ TV producer and channel provider Here Media. As part of the agreement, Bitmax will take on a range of processing services for Here Media’s films and TV series as well as its global […]

TRT World secures berth on Iflix

TRT World, the international English-language news channel operated by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, has secured distribution of its content on Asian streaming platform Iflix. TRT World’s linear channel will join iflix News, the streaming service’s 24-hour news hub which aggregates live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news […]