DAZN hit by storm of criticism after renewed Serie A problems

Italian regulator AGCOM has intervened for a second time after sports streamer DAZN experienced technical problems streaming coverage of the new Serie A football season. The watchdog said it had asked DAZN to provide clarification and provide information on how it planned to resolve the issue. “Following serious problems registered during the transmission of the […]

beIN bolsters TOD with Turkish Süper Lig rights

beIN Sports-owned streaming service TOD has agreed a deal to be the exclusive rights holder for the Turkish Süper Lig in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The league agreed a renewed domestic rights deal with beIN earlier in the summer following a dramatic bidding process. beIN launched the MENA streamer TOD earlier this […]

Viaplay signs long-term partnership with Erling Haaland 

Viaplay has announced its latest marketing initiative as it continues to expand its business throughout Europe: a long-term, multi-market partnership with Manchester City and Norway’s superstar striker Erling Haaland. Haaland, who signed for City this Summer for €60 million and bagged a brace on his Premier League Debut earlier this month, has been tipped to […]

CNBC president and chairman Mark Hoffman to step down in September

Mark Hoffman, the chairman and president of NBCUniversal-owned news broadcaster CNBC, has announced plans to step down in September.  The executive became CNBC president in 2005 before ultimately taking over as chairman in 2015. Hoffmann oversaw the newscaster’s global expansion and transition to digital, while turning CNBC into one of NBCU’s most consistently growing assets. […]

Smart home shipments to make comeback in 2023

After two years of softened growth, the global smart home market is expected to resume its upwards trajectory in 2023. According to a new report from Omdia, the Global installed base of smart home devices is set to exceed 2 billion devices in 2022, following softening growth in 2021-22.  The market has struggled over the […]

VIDAA picks Amagi to power FAST expansion

Cloud-based SaaS tech provider Amagi has announced a content distribution agreement with CTV platform operator VIDAA. The partnership will leverage Amagi’s Content Plus marketplace to give VIDAA users in the Americas, Australia, and the UK access to Amagi’s network of FAST channels and AVOD assets across a variety of genres including sports, news, music, movies, […]

LTN hires Disney veteran as CTO

Integrated media technology solutions provider LTN has announced the appointment of Brad Wall as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Wall is charged with evangelising the company’s capabilities and solutions to media firms around the world, while driving transformation at LTN. The exec joins with over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership […]

Disney investor Third Point demands Hulu integration and ESPN spin-off

New York-based hedge fund Third Point has taken a stake in Disney with a demand for sweeping changes including spinning off ESPN, integrating Hulu into Disney+, board changes and cutting costs. In a letter to Disney boss Bob Chapek, Third Point’s chief executive Dan Loeb congratulated the Mouse House’s chief on “a terrific quarter” and […]

Warner Bros. Discovery lays off staff as it restructures HBO Max

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has laid off 14% of HBO and HBO Max staff – around 70 people – with unscripted and live-action family programming hit the hardest, in its latest round of staff cuts. Senior execs being given their marching orders include Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of non-fiction & live-action family originals for HBO Max; Jennifer Kim, […]

Walmart adds Paramount+ to premium subscription offering

US retail giant Walmart is to make Paramount+ available to subscribers to its Walmart+ service available at no extra charge. Walmart said it was “taking its membership offering to the next level” by adding the streamer to its list of benefits as a bonus. Walmart+ members will be able to stream Paramount+ as a benefit […]