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Facebook’s Burns in as Twitch’s first-ever EMEA MD

Amazon’s game streaming platform Twitch has appointed Damian Burns as its first-ever managing director of EMEA. Burns joins from Facebook, where he spent five years, most recently as the social media giant’s senior director of gaming for EMEA. Prior to assuming that role in 2017, he spent two years as Facebook’s head of sales for […]

More than three quarters of young people engage in streaming password sharing

Password sharing has long served as a point of concern for streaming companies, and this has once again been demonstrated by a new study. According to new figures from Hub Entertainment Research, 31% of all consumers say they’ve given out an online TV service password to someone who doesn’t live with them. This figure rises […]

Net Insight closes sale of Sye unit to Amazon

Net Insight has closed the sale of its Sye consumer streaming business, to Amazon for approximately SEK350 million in cash. The transaction is effective from today. Net Insight revealed in December that it had signed an agreement to divest Sye, which was engineered to provide low-latency live streaming, helping solve one of the key challenges […]

Twitch still top for game streaming, but Mixer starts to make a dent

Microsoft-owned live streaming site Mixer has started to close the gap, but it is still significantly behind Twitch. According to the annual State of the Stream report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg, Mixer saw a 149% increase in hours of streamed content watched. In total, viewers watched 353.7 million hours of video on the platform this […]

Rambler sues Twitch €2.5 billion over EPL piracy

Russian tech firm Rambler has filed a lawsuit against the Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch over its failure to adequately police pirate broadcast of English Premier League games. As per Russian business paper Kommersant, the company, which is effectively the Russian version of Google, is suing the streamer for RUB180 billion (€2.55 billion). Rambler cites […]

Amazon secures Champions League rights in Germany

Amazon has secured rights to Champions League football in Germany for the 2021-22 season, according to local press.  According to the DWDL.de news service, Amazon has confirmed its report that the streaming service has secured a top Champions League package. According to the news site, Amazon has won the A1 package that includes top matches […]

Amazon significantly increases Premier League’s domestic exposure

Amazon’s ownership of some Premier League rights has increased the competition’s reach by a third. According to figures from Ampere analysis, Amazon – which reportedly paid £90 million for 20 live matches per season through to 2022 – has extended the reach of live coverage to nearly three-quarters of domestic fans.  According to the study, […]

Tubi launches on Amazon Echo Show

AVOD Tubi has launched on Amazon Echo Show, becoming the first such streamer to be offered on Amazon’s smart screen devices.  The streamer, which saw users stream over 132 million hours of content between May and September, will launch in the UK in 2020. When it launches, it will offer Brits over 44,000 hours of […]

OTT subscription penetration high among smart speaker owners

OTT penetration is very high among owners of smart speaker and smart display owners. According to new research from Parks Associates, more than 90% of these smart device owners in the US have an OTT subscription, compared to 72% of all US broadband households. Unsurprisingly, Netflix was the most popular OTT service among these device […]

Lionsgate signs output deal with Amazon

Amazon is set to be the first-window streaming home for Lionsgate films in the UK, beginning in January. The platform has struck an output deal with the studio that covers recently released and forthcoming theatrical feature films. The multi-year deal begins on 1 January 2020 and will allow Prime members access to films such as […]

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