Cobra Kai tops Parrot audience demand for Netherlands

Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai, which Netflix acquired in June of last year, topped Parrot Analytics’ audience demand stats for the Netherlands for the week ending January 10, well ahead of second-placed The Mandalorian from Disney+. Parrot Analytics measures ‘audience demand’ as a reflection of the desire, engagement and viewership of a show in a […]

ITV reports festive growth

ITV has reported a modest increase in usage of its ITV Hub catch up service. The UK pubcaster said that its VOD service saw a year-over-year increase of 11% for the festive period of December 21-January 3, with an overall increase of 5% year-over-year for December. The month saw a total of 81 million programme […]

Amazon reportedly holds talks with Serie A over domestic rights

Amazon is reportedly interested in making a play for the domestic broadcast rights to Italy’s Serie A.  The Seattle-based retail and media giant has long been touted as a potential player to rival incumbent rights holders Sky and DAZN, but a new report from Bloomberg puts the company the closest it has ever been to […]

Telefónica sells Telxius tower business to American Tower in €7.7 billion sale

Telefónica has announced the €7.7 billion sale of its telecom tower business Telxius to US firm American Tower. The deal, which comes at a time of consolidation in the European mast market, will see American Tower acquire around 30,700 tower sites in Europe and Latin America, including locations in Spain and Germany. The company has […]

More than a quarter of Americans plan to cut out cable in 2021

A new report has suggested that more than a quarter of US cable TV subscribers are planning to cut the cord by the end of 2021. According to The Trade Desk, 27% of subscribers plan on ridding themselves of cable this year, up from 15% who cut the cord in 2020 and significantly higher than […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Nielsen launches solution to track premium theatrical films on VOD platforms

With the increasing trend of distributors like Disney and Warner Bros skipping cinemas and going directly to streaming, measurement firm Nielsen has announced that it is launching its Theatrical Video On-Demand (TVOD) measurement service. Nielsen said that the new offer will serve as a way to capture viewing of movie releases that are directly available […]

NBCUniversal teams with Movistar+ to launch Universal+ and DreamWorks channel in Spain

NBCUniversal International Networks is to launch streaming service Universal+ and new channel DreamWorks in Spain in partnership with pay TV provider Movistar+ from Telefónica. The US studio is launching linear channel DreamWorks for the first time in Spain on the Movistar+ platform, along with an associated on-demand offering that will also be available in the […]

Canal+ calls for new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has called for a new auction of French Ligue 1 football rights in the wake of the debacle of Mediapro’s acquisition of the key rights and subsequent decision to return them to the league. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Canal+ chief executive Maxime Saada said that his group […]

FuboTV sets forth integrated betting strategy with Vigtory acquisition plan

Sports streaming platform FuboTV has executed a binding letter of intent to acquire sports betting and interactive gaming company Vigtory, and said it expects to launch a betting ‘sportsbook’ before the end of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. fuboTV […]