CuriosityStream appoints Peter Westley as CFO

Factual SVOD CuriosityStream has announced the appointment of Peter Westley as its new chief financial officer. Westley, most recently at private equity firm Blum Capital Partners, succeeds Jason Eustace, who has served in the role since February 2020. Along with Blum Capital Partners, where he primarily focused on the media and technology sectors, Westley has […]

Canal+ Polska adds 4K UHD sports and TV to streaming service

Canal+ Polska has launched 4K coverage of top-tier Polish and international football, TV series and movies on its online streaming platform. Viewers will be able to watch content including streaming channels Canal+ 4K Ultra HD and Eleven Sports 1 4K as well as a range of on-demand content in 4K on the platform. Sports coverage […]

Rima Abdul Malak becomes new French culture minister

Rima Abdul Malak has been appointed as the new French culture minister in the government of prime minister Elisabeth Borne. Malak, who replaces Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin in the post, was a surprise announcement. The Franco-Lebanese politician, whose parents fled Beirut for France with their children during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-90, has served as an […]

Iliad Telecom sees strong subscriber growth across three markets

French service provider Iliad Group added 872,000 revenue-generating units to its total in the first quarter, including 790,000 mobile and 82,000 fixed subscribers, as it ramped up its international expansion drive. Iliad, which operates under the Free brand in France, said it ended the quarter as first in its domestic market in terms of recruiting […]

Viaplay picks up EFL and League Cup rights in 10 countries 

Viaplay has signed an exclusive streaming deal with the English Football League across 10 countries in Europe. The streamer will broadcast more than 180 live matches from the EFL Sky Bet Championship and Carabao Cup across every Nordic and Baltic country, Poland and the Netherlands from the 2022/2023 season. This will include the Sky Bet […]

Most Disney+ subscribers will shift to ad-supported tier, company predicts

Disney is anticipating that the majority of Disney+ subscribers will shift to its ad-supported tier when it begins to rollout in the US later this year. The streamer is currently available for a monthly fee of US$7.99, or a yearly cost of US$79.99.  Disney is yet to reveal its pricing structure for the ad-supported tier, […]

OTT revenues set for major growth in 2022

The OTT TV industry’s global revenues are set to increase by US$21 billion in 2022 alone. According to Digital TV Research, global revenues from OTT TV episodes and movies will reach US$224 billion in 2027, up from US$135 billion in 2021.  SVOD revenues are set to increase by US$48 billion between 2021-27 to reach US$136 […]

Premier Sports picks up home nations football in two year UEFA deal

Premier Sports has announced a deal to broadcast UEFA National Team football in the UK from 2022-24. The deal includes the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers to UEFA Euro 2024, along with all of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland matches. The first match of this deal will see Copa America holders Argentina […]

DAZN renews Golden Boy boxing deal

Sports streamer DAZN has announced a multi-year partnership with boxing promoter Golden Boy. This five-year global deal is an extension of partnership originally started in 2018, when DAZN beat HBO for Golden Boy’s rights.  The new deal will see DAZN broadcast championship fight nights along with a new monthly boxing series dubbed Golden Boy Fight […]

Streaming at record high in the US says Nielsen

Streaming reached another record high for market share in the US in April. According to Nielsen’s The Gauge monthly TV viewing snapshot, streaming captured 30.4% of total TV viewing in the US in April. This was up from 29.7%, a previous record high, the month prior.  Overall TV viewing in the US was down 2.1% […]