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Iflix partners with AIS in Thailand

Emerging markets SVOD service, Iflix, has partnered with Thailand’s largest mobile operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS). The deal makes IflixVIP available to AIS’s more than 41 million customers in Thailand via integrated carrier billing. AIS pre-paid subscribers will be able to get IflixVIP for THB 7 (€0.20) per-day or THB 29 per week through their […]

Ofcom names Stephen Nuttall to content board

UK media regulator Ofcom has appointed former Sky and YouTube executive Stephen Nuttall to its content board. Nuttall, who joins the content board on a three-year term, has held positions including senior director at YouTube EMEA and group commercial director at Sky. He has also served as a board member of Team Sky, ,Sky’s professional […]

Ampere: Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox to spend US$43bn on content in 2018

The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – […]

Sky chief blasts mulled voluntary TV gambling ad ban

Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen has criticised the floating of plans by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents gambling firms including Bet365, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, to voluntary implement a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV advertising of their services during the airing of sports fixtures on TV. In an article published in The Times, […]

EC takes aim at IP theft with Piracy Watch List

The European Commission has published a ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ to highlight websites and marketplaces that undermine the intellectual property rights of EU companies and creators. The EC said the list aims to encourage the operators of these marketplaces, local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to crack down on IP abuse, while […]

ABI lowers VR forecast citing consumer-market malaise

ABI Research has lowered its installed base forecast for virtual reality devices to just over 140 million by 2023, claiming that the consumer VR space has “entered a malaise”. The research firm said that while there is ongoing traction in the enterprise VR market, its 140m figure is contingent on mobile VR “turning things around” […]

BeIN Media names new head of sports content

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has appointed Martin Aurenche as vice-president of sports content, responsible for media rights acquisitions and distribution globally. Aurenche has played a key role in BeIN Media Grou’s expansion over the last six years, having been with the company since the launch of its service in France in 2012, and […]

Deutsche Telekom taps MediaKind for ‘world first’ 360° sports streaming

MediaKind, the media technology outfit formerly known as Ericsson Media Solutions, has unveiled what it says is the world’s first streaming of a multi-channel 6K 360° live sports event in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, Tiledmedia, and Magnum Film. The live streaming showed a basketball match between Telekom Baskets Bonn and EWE Baskets Oldenburg from the […]

Netflix orders first African original

Netflix has ordered Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent, as its first African original series. The news was confirmed by South African talent and Quantico star Pearl Thusi, who tweeted about the series for the first time today. She said: “#QueenSono – Africa’s first Netflix original! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait […]

VodafoneZiggo renews exclusive Premier League deal

Liberty Global and Vodafone Dutch joint venture VodafoneZiggo’ Ziggo Sport has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to English Premier league football in the Netherlands for the next three seasons, renewing the existing partnership between the company and the league. VodafoneZiggo said that coverage of the Premier League would be available to subscribers via the Ziggo […]