Saudi Arabia launches appeal into WTO beoutQ ruling and pulls out of Newcastle takeover

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has appealed against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling which directly tied it with pirate broadcast operation beoutQ. The 130 page ruling stated that representatives of the state had facilitated the operation of beoutQ, which has pirated content from sports broadcasters around the world – chiefly that of Qatar-based beIN Media. […]

Mediapro’s Téléfoot set for partnership with Netflix

Mediapro’s forthcoming premium French football channel Téléfoot is set to strike a partnership with Netflix that will see both services offered to subscribers for €30, according to a report by French sports paper L’Équipe. A deal with Netflix to offer the services as a joint bundle would represent a saving to consumers. Mediapro chief Jaume […]

Telefónica sees pay TV fall and OTT rise as it commits to full fibre coverage

Telefónica has posted Q2 numbers that saw its global pay TV base decline by 6% year-on-year to 8.243 million. The telco did however grow its OTT TV base, up 26% year-on-year to 1.4 million. Telefónica has meanwhile committed to 100% fibre network coverage of Spain by 2025.The commitment was made as part of a new […]

Orange TV growth slows but base passes 10 million

Orange saw its TV customer base pass the 10 million mark in the second quarter, but growth was at a slower rate than the prior year’s performance. The overall Orange IPTV and satellite TV base numbered 10.049 million at the end of June, up from 9.993 million in Q1 and up 4.6% year-on-year, compared with […]

Telenet sees convergence growth as TV base dips

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw continued growth in its fixed-mobile convergence base of customers in Q2, while pay TV numbers were broadly flat. The operator had 598,900 converged customers at the end of the period, up 28% year-on-year, with penetration of its overall base now standing at around 29%. The higher proportion of […]

Cyta taps Verimatrix to secure IPTV services

The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) has opted to secure its IPTV services with Verimatrix’s Video Content Authority System (VCAS) technology. Verimatrix said that the VCAS Ultra deployment is the first of its kind in Cyprus, integrating forensic watermarking capabilities to establish a complete, end-to-end security platform. Cyta, a semi-governmental organization incorporated by law and a key […]

EPL sees best US audience in four years for NBC

The stop-start English Premier League concluded last weekend, and the entire season proved a hit in the US with NBC scoring its highest viewership in four years. According to data from Nielesn and Adobe Analytics, NBC’s live coverage of the competition averaged a total audience delivery (TAD) of 462,000 viewers per match day. This is […]

Anime streamer Crunchyroll hits three million subscribers

Specialist anime steamer Crunchyroll has reached a milestone of three million paid subscribers globally. The service, which is operated by WarnerMedia-owned Otter Media, also offers a free ad-supported service with a limited library. The full Crunchyroll product boasts the world’s  largest anime library with more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes. The service is available […]

iQiyi to open four new international offices as it focuses on global expansion

Chinese streamer iQiyi has revealed its plans for international expansion following the 2019 worldwide rollout of its app. Speaking at the APOS 2020 Virtual Series, Yang Xianghua, president of membership and overseas business group of iQiyi, said that the company is in the process of setting up local offices in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and […]