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Movistar+ originals ‘driving bigger audiences’ than El Clásico

Telefónica-owned Movistar+’s investment in series has proved ‘surprisingly’ effective at driving subscriber engagement, with a significant number of series achieving higher ratings than El Clásico football matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to Sergio Osle, president of Movistar+. Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London this morning, Osle said that subscriber engagement is […]

La Liga fined over illegal stream tracking

Spanish football league La Liga has been fined €250,000 for being in violation of data protection laws. The official La Liga app, it was discovered, was using the location data and microphones of users’ phones in order to track down bars which were illegally broadcasting matches. The app, which is used by over four million […]

Conze: Germany can resist Netflix, Joyn to be leading AVOD platform

The German video entertainment business is capable of defending its patch against the threat of Netflix and new JV streaming platform Joyn will quickly emerge as the leading ad-supported streaming offering in the country, according to CEO Max Conze. Speaking to Die Welt newspaper, Conze said that there was a “defeatist” view at large that […]

Global pay TV still set for growth, despite US cord-cutting

Globally, pay TV service providers will add 81 million additional subscribers between 2018 and 2024, translating to growth of 8%, according to Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit, this will take the global total to 1.1 billion. Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of pay TV subs passed one billion last […]

Eleven Sports names Proximus exec as business development chief for Belgium

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has named Massimo D’Amario as head of business development and sponsorship in Belgium and Luxembourg. D’Amario joins Eleven from Belgian telco Proximus, where he was managing director of Proximus Media House.  At Proximus, D’Amario, who will join Eleven on August 1, was responsible for rights acquisition, sports strategy and the production […]

Sky doubles investment in originals and launches Sky Studios

UK broadcaster Sky has announced the opening of Sky Studios, its Europe-wide development and production hub. The company also announced an injection of investment in its original programming, promising that spend will ‘more than double’ over the next five years. The announcement is a mark of confidence from new parent company Comcast, following the broadcast […]

ENMA taps ATEME for Africa Cup of Nations

The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has tapped technology outfit Ateme to provide its converged ideo headend to cover the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place from June 21 to July 19.  Ateme has provided ENMA with a video headend based on its Kyrion encoders/decoders and Titan software multiplexer. The system is […]

Telaria expands EMEA leadership team

Video management software provider Telaria has announced the appointment of two new hires. Bill Swanson has been appointed as VP, EMEA to lead the company’s growth in the region. He will report to Telaria chief strategy officer Doug Campbell and will be based out of the company’s London office. Carole Dubourg has also joined the […]

Frédéric Langagne joins Euronews as International Sales Director

International news channel Euronews has announced the appointment of Frédéric Langagne as international sales director, based in Paris. Langagne will oversee sales activities for the news brand in France, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. He joins from BBC Worldwide, where he served as an account director for BBC Advertising. Langagne has over 12 years […]

Ofcom gives provisional green light to 12-month BBC iPlayer plan

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]