Disney+ growth to be faster than expected

The upcoming Disney+ OTT service will be more successful internationally than previously anticipated, believes Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne. In a research note published on June 13, Swinburne predicted that subscribers to Disney streaming services will reach more than 130 million by 2024. This includes includes Disney+, ESPN + and Hulu, which Disney recently acquired […]

European cord-cutting ‘overstated’

Cord-cutting may be ubiquitous in headlines, but the reality is not quite so cut-and-dried, claims a new report. According to the European Audiovisual Observatory, cord-cutting primarily depends on local market conditions. One of the major findings of the report is that cord-cutting is not taking place right across the board in Europe and is very […]

UEFA launches free-to-air OTT platform

European football governing body UEFA has launched its new OTT streaming platform. UEFA TV, which the organisation claims is the first of its kind, will offer original programming based on 60 years of European football archive. It will also become the home of youth, women’s and futsal UEFA competitions by offering them a wide live […]

Global pay TV subscriptions continue growth

The number of pay tv subscribers is going to grow by 81 million between 2018-24, a rise of 8%. According to Digital TV Research, the global total is to rise to 1.1 billion people based on forecasts for 138 countries. The number of pay TV subs passed 1 billion in 2018. Simon Murray, principal analyst […]

Vimeo adds AV1 codec support

Professional video platform Vimeo has announced support for new royalty-free video codec AV1. The AV1 codec, Vimeo claims, enables HD and UHD content to be streamed to audiences at a reduced bitrate without compromising visual quality. It was developed by the Alliance for Open Media which Vimeo in 2018. Naren Venkataraman, SVP of Technology at […]

Esports predicted to hit US$1bn by 2020

Esports revenues are predicted to exceed US$900 million (€803 million) in 2019, and will exceed US$1 billion (€890 million) in 2020. According to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting, esports will continue its growth in the coming years, allaying concerns that pundits have had over a potential ‘esports bubble’. “Esports has been around for […]

Viacom adds Pluto TV to Comcast Xfinity X1 set-tops

Viacom has continued the rapid expansion of its Pluto TV OTT platform with the launch of availability on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set top boxes. Pluto TV was already available to Comcast’s internet-only customers subscribed to the Xfinity Flex service. This launch will see Pluto TV accessible to millions more customers. “The launch of Pluto TV […]

Atari launches Atari VCS gaming and entertainment platform

Iconic gaming brand Atari has announced the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) home gaming and entertainment platform. At E3, the company showcased the device which will launch in 800 (8GB RAM) and 400 (4GB RAM) models, with a starting price of US$249.99. Both models are fully user-upgradeable by easily swapping-in more RAM and expanding storage, […]

GfK’s Simon: industry ‘should be expecting more’ from UHD TV sales figures

Economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit is negatively affecting sales and adoption of UHD TVs, claims GfK account director Nick Simon. Speaking at the SES Ultra HD Conference in London, Simon said that 2019 is “not the right time to make a major purchase” for many consumers, and said that this is having an impact on the […]

Viacom planning to add Pluto TV content to My5

Viacom is looking to expand Pluto TV more aggressively internationally, including adding Pluto TV content to UK on-demand platform My5, according to David Lynn, CEO, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London this morning, Lynn said that VIMN was increasingly looking to develop as a platform business, in particular […]