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Bloomberg TV+ launches on Samsung TV Plus

Bloomberg has launched its Bloomberg TV+ streaming app on Samsung TV Plus. Bloomberg TV+ was launched in 2019 with the promise of being the “first of its kind in news, combining the trusted programming of Bloomberg TV, the premier worldwide 24-hour business and financial news network, with a data-rich display of graphics created for a […]

Seven new distribution deals for HBO Max

Ahead of the launch of premium SVOD HBO Max next week, AT&T’s WarnerMedia has announced a swathe of additional distribution partners including Sony and Microsoft for availability on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. The US$14.99 per month streamer, set to launch on May 27 with over 10,000 hours of content, now has distribution […]

Nova extends Discovery deal, adds Food Network

Greek telco Discovery has renewed its exclusive satellite distribution agreement with Discovery, extending the relationship between the companies to over 20 years.  The announcement will see Nova subscribers continue to have access to channels from Discovery’s portfolio of channels including Eurosport – the local broadcaster of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, […]

Netflix to start culling inactive accounts

Netflix has announced that it will shut down the accounts of inactive users. In a move to “help members who haven’t been watching,” the company has said that it will start closing the accounts of users who haven’t watched anything for a year since they’ve joined. Netflix will also make the same move for anyone […]

Tele Columbus off to ‘solid start’ but TV numbers decline

The coronavirus crisis had “no impact” on German cable operator Tele Columbus’s first quarter results, according to the company, which has maintained its guidance for the year after what it described as a “solid start”. The operator’s core revenues of €115 million were flat year-on-year, but EBITDA jumped by 17% to €55.5 million due to […]

Euskaltel outlines Virgin telco ambition to be national Spanish player

Spanish regional operator Euskaltel has taken the first steps towards its national launch, which will see the operator provide services to the 85% of the country in which it does not yet operate under the Virgin telco brand. The operator plans to use the Virgin brand to target some 18.4 million homes across the country […]

BBC exploring BBC Four global subscription service plan

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial arm […]

Altice Europe turns in solid Q1 performance

Altice Europe has turned in what founder Patrick Drahi was able to describe as “a solid performance…against this challenging backdrop” in the quarter to March. The company saw its revenues grow by 3.6% or 3.1% on a constant currency basis to €3.5 billion. EBITDA was up by 1% to €1.3 billion. Revenue was up in […]

TF1 reportedly planning to shut down TVOD service

French commercial broadcaster TF1 plans to shut down its transactional VOD service MYTF1VOD by the end of July, according to report by local business title Capital. According to the report, which doesn’t name its sources, the broadcaster is looking to transfer rights with producers that run beyond the cut-off date of the end of July […]

Broadcasters facing content drought in coronavirus hangover

Broadcasters are potentially facing long-term scheduling headaches with more than half of scripted TV shows facing delays. According to a new report from Ampere Analysis, the underlying effects of production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. The research firm estimates that in the second […]