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Netflix UK content spend to reach US$1 billion in 2020

Netflix has upped its spend on UK productions to £750m ($1bn) this year as the company works to maintain its pipeline of shows despite the disruption caused by Covid-19. The streaming giant makes original shows including The Crown and The Witcher in the UK and has increased its budget by 50% on from the £500m […]

ViacomCBS brings MTV Play to Amazon Prime Video channels in UK

MTV Play has launched on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the UK. The ViacomCBS Networks UK-operated SVOD service will be available to Prime subscribers at an additional cost of £3.99 per month. It offers access to over 1,000 hours of MTV content via the Prime Video App, including shows like Catfish and Geordie Shore along […]

Serie A launches international broadcast rights tender, but excludes MENA

Italian football top flight league Serie A has excluded the MENA region from the launch of its 2021/22-23/24 broadcast rights tender. The league has launched the rights tender for 57 international territories, including 52 country-specific contracts, four continental tranches and one global offer. In addition, the body has launched mirrored packages for the Coppa Italia […]

Riot Games launches Valorant Champions Tour esports tournament

League of Legends maker Riot Games has announced the first official esports tournament for its fledgling title Valorant. Announcing the launch of The Champions Tour, Riot’s senior director of esports Whalen ‘Magus’ Rozelle said that the series will “launch Valorant into a global esport” and that there will be an expanded competition calendar spread across […]

Informa Tech partners with IMDA and STB to launch ConnecTechAsia

Informa Tech, along with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to launch a new flagship event for Asia in 2021. Taking place in H2 2021, the first edition will be a hybrid event bringing together Government, businesses in the infocomm, media and tech […]

NetRange launches cloud-powered CTV platform for emerging markets

Hamburg-based white-labelled turnkey smart TV and OTT ecosystem provider NetRange has announced the launch of its cloud-powered VISNOS platform. Standing for Virtual Smart TV NetRange OS, the platform promises to cut CE device manufacturers’ Smart TV costs and add CTV capabilities to existing low-powered TVs. A way that the VISNOS achieves cost-cutting is by removing […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Samsung Ads extends access to inventory

Samsung’s media and advertising business Samsung Ads Europe has opened up access to its premium video inventory. Available via their preferred DSP, Advertisers in ‘EU5’ (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) will have programmatic access to exclusive Samsungconnected TV (CTV) inventory on Samsung’s premium AVOD service, Samsung TV Plus. Advertisers will also have access to […]

LFP in talks with Canal+ over saving Ligue 1 broadcast deal

Ligue 1 operator Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) are reportedly mulling a return to Canal+ as its relationship with Mediapro teeters on collapse. According to RMC Sport, LFP could turn to Canal+, which previously held the rights up until last season should Mediapro continue to refuse to pay. Mediapro did not pay the second installment […]