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Loop Media launches with senior team from Disney, Vevo and EA

Loop Media, a new premium short-form streaming service co-founded by former Disney, Vevo and Electronic Arts executives, has gone live after years as a stealth startup. Loop said it aims to improve the viewing experience of content like music videos, film trailers, game trailers and TV clips by enabling real-time interactions between venues, artists and […]

Netflix has ‘surpassed Canal+’ in France

Netflix has surpassed Canal+ in France in numbers of subscribers, according to local reports. According to newspaper Le Figaro, citing figures circulating at a meeting at the country’s ministry of culture, the SVOD giant now has over five million subscribers in the country, taking it past pay TV leader Canal+’s last reported subscriber total of […]

Telenet launches set-top boxless youth-focused TV offering

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is launching its first TV offering that does not require a set-top box. The operator has launched a new bundle, branded as YUGO and targeted at smartphone users exclusively, with users able to cast content to the TV screen via Google Chromecast or Apple TV. The YUGO package comes […]

Kagan: IPTV has overtaken DTH globally

IPTV overtook DTH as the second-largest multichannel platform in the world by subscribers after cable TV last year, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence research outfit Kagan. According to Kagan, IPTV grew by 14.3% year-on-year, making the fastest growing of the three major distribution platforms. IPTV accounted for 23.4% of the total market of 1.07 […]

Slovakia’s JOJ acquires Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost

Slovakian commercial broadcast outfit JOJ Group has agreed the acquisition of 100% control of Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost, which operates channels CS Film, CS Mini, Horor film, War TV and Kinosvět and online video portal Filmpopular.cz. JOJ Group parent company Slovenská Produkčná’s acquisition of Československá Filmová Společnost is conditional on approval by regulator […]

Rethink Research: 743 million SVOD subscribers expected by 2023

Global subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) users will climb from 478 million today to 743 million by 2023, according to Rethink Technology Research. The analyst firm said that the US market will rise from a  SVOD and vMVPD base of some 146.5 million today to  236.6 million subscriptions by the end of 2023. Europe and Asia are […]

SPI/FilmBox expands distribution with UPC Hungary

SPI International/FilmBox has extended a distribution agreement with Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary. The three-year agreement extension comes with an increased number of FilmBox channels; Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD; Eroxxx HD have been included to the FilmBox Premium package. FilmBox On Demand, which offers a wide variety of genres including Hollywood blockbusters and […]

Thema takes on distribution of short-form streamer Flix Snip

Canal+-owned film distributor Thema is to distribute short-form premium film streaming service Flix Snip. Flix Snip provides a premium mobile app and on-demand service that delivers short-form films of under 20 minutes in length across genres including drama, comedy, romance, thrillers, animation and sci-fi. All content is offered with English-language subtitles or in a localised […]

Tele2 looks to Com Hem mobile and convergence as ‘legacy services’ drag on growth

A new Com Hem mobile service and fixed-mobile convergence will be key to Tele2’s growth this year, according to CEO Anders Nilsson. Growth from Tele2’s newly acquired TV base in Sweden was flat last year, as was its cable and fibre fixed-line subscriber base, with Tele2 seeing growth coming from core services and mobile post-paid […]

Red Eléctrica buys 90% Hispasat stake for €949 million

Spanish electricity and telecommunications infrastructure firm, Red Eléctrica Corporación, has agreed to buy Abertis’ 89.68% stake in satellite operator Hispasat for €949 million. The deal was agreed by Red Eléctrica subsidiary Red Eléctrica Sistemas de Telecomunicaciones (RESTEL) and will allow the firm to expand its telecoms business into new customer segments and geographical areas. “Moreover, […]