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TikTok heads for the TV screen with Amazon Fire app

Social media service TikTok has launched an app on the Amazon Fire TV platform, enabling TV viewers to watch TikTok videos on the big screen. The More on TikTok app launched yesterday in the face of a looming ban on the social media site in the US from the Trump administration. More on TikTok is […]

Vodafone Spain sees big impact TV viewing patterns under COVID lockdown

Vodafone España saw the number of TV minutes viewed per day jump from 213 in February to 380 in April as Spain went into lockdown, with the jump in viewing time continuing even into June, when the operator recorded an average of 267 minutes’ viewing time. Vodafone found that use of TV tripled for the […]

SES adds C-band windfall to outlook, sees broadcast revenues drop

Satellite operator SES has included guidance on its expected C-band relocation windfall in the US in its quarterly results for the first time, with proceeds from the US$3.97 billion in accelerated payments now included in its financial projections. SES said that full execution of transition plan underway following unanimous election to accelerate clearing by satellite […]

Mediapro makes first payment for top-tier French football

Mediapro has made its first tranche of payment of top-tier French football rights, paying €172 million including tax for its 80% share of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 rights to the LFP, the French professional football league. Overall, the LFP has received €256.5 million from broadcasters. Mediapro’s share excluding tax amounts to €143 million, while […]

KDDI taps VisualOn for 5G mobile video

Japanese service provider KDDI has chosen streaming software provider VisualOn’s media player to power video playback offer on its au Smart Pass service. Subscribers can now experience video including multiple synchronized streams on the Smart Pass app, which the operator, which has around 40 million users, is using to market 5G connectivity. KDDI’s basic au […]

ViacomCBS reveals more details about 2021 super streamer

ViacomCBS has revealed more details about its expanded international streaming service. Teased for months by the media giant as a ‘super service’ streamer, the company utilised its quarterly earnings call to shine a light on “broad pay” CBS All Access product which will combine a selection of content from its brands including CBS, MTV, Comedy […]

DAZN announces senior reshuffle as it continues realignment

Following July’s promotion of James Rushton to acting CEO, sports streamer DAZN has announced a leadership reshuffle to align with a new focus on non-live, user experience and growing subscribers. The most senior appointment is John Gleasure as executive vice chairman. Gleasure, who was one of the original founders of DAZN, will work alongside Rushton […]

The growing AVOD market – listen to the latest episode of TV Watch now

The latest episode of TV Watch, a new podcast from Digital TV Europe is now live. Hosted by Digital TV Europe deputy editor Jonathan Easton, TV Watch is a new podcast looking at the biggest news and trends in the worlds of broadcasting, streaming and everything else to do with the TV industry in Europe […]

StarTimes picks up French La Liga rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Spanish football league La Liga has sold a package of broadcast rights to digital TV operator StarTimes in sub-Saharan Africa through to 2024. The deal will see the TV and OTT operator carry the French language broadcasts of the league in 47 territories. The operator will air live matches on its linear StarTimes Sport channels […]

US piracy a US$1 billion industry

Content piracy in the US is now a billion dollar industry, claims a new report. According to a new study from Digital Citizens Alliance and NAGRA, illegal piracy subscription services in the country which steal content from broadcasters and OTT platforms is now worth over US$1 billion. More alarming is the fact that this US$1 […]