Research: Netflix password sharing crackdown delivering benefits in US

Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing does not seem to have had a deleterious impact on its US subscriber numbers, if data from research group Antenna is to be believed. According to Antenna, since alerting subs in the US to its plan to curb sharing on May 23, Netflix has had the four single largest days […]

Greece’s Antenna appoints Linda Jensen as CEO

Former HBO Europe CEO Linda Jensen has resurfaced as group CEO of Greece’s Antenna Group. In her new role she will take charge of a broad portfolio of free and pay TV channels including leading commercial network ANT1. Explaining Jensen’s appointment, Antenna Group chairman Theodore Kyriakou said: “her substantial experience and unique track record will […]

Antenna Group sells Serbia and Montenegro channels

International broadcast company Antenna Group has agreed to sell its media operations in Serbia and Montenegro to Serbian media entrepreneur Srdjan Milovanovic for €180 million. Antenna’s Serbian business comprises two free-to-air TV channels – PRVA and 02TV – and a portfolio of six premium pay-television channels, four websites and one radio station in Serbia. It […]

Fifth of US broadband homes use digital antenna to access TV

The number of US broadband homes that use digital antennas to access live TV has increased from 16% in early 2015 to 20% near the end of 2017, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that while the number of households that have never subscribed to pay TV services has held steady, the percentage […]

Antenna launches SVOD service

Antenna Group has launched an SVOD service in Greece. The ANT1 Next streaming service rolls out today and comes after Antenna tested the market with a TVOD service last year. ANT1 Next is priced at €2.99 a month and has exclusive scripted programming including popular local dramas – Brousko and Tamam – and box sets and catch up content. […]

Cord-cutting on the rise in the US

Cord cutting in the US has increased steadily in recent years with 15% of broadband households now only using their antenna to receive TV, according to Parks Associates. The research firm’s ‘360 View: Entertainment Services in US Broadband Households’ report claims that the increase in antenna-only TV viewing has coincided with a drop in pay […]

NEM: CEE players mull Netflix rival, but face significant challenges

Regional broadcasters face multiple challenges in launching local SVOD services in CEE, but may have an opportunity to experiment with new on-demand windows for content that is created for free-to-air broadcast, according to a panel of broadcasters at the NEM event in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Pete Smith, managing director of Greece-based pan-regional broadcaster Antenna Group said […]

Online viewing to overtake terrestrial TV in US

The number of homes in the US that watch TVs that are solely reliant on an antenna for reception is set to be overtaken for the first time by households that use the internet for TV programming, according to new research. The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA’s) ‘The Market for US Household Television Services’ report claims […]

Greece’s Antenna poaches NBCUniversal channels MD

Greek broadcast group Antenna has appointed Tariq Syed as its managing director of thematic channels and digital. Syed joins from NBCUniversal where he was managing director, Central Europe for the Studio’s channels division Universal Networks International. Prior to that he was vice president of business development at NBCUniversal. At Antenna he will oversee the Greek […]

Antenna appoints former NBC Universal, Cineflix Studios boss

Pete Smith, the former NBC Universal and Cineflix Studios boss, has been recruited as managing director of Greek broadcast group Antenna. The Greek TV company said it had brought in Smith as part of a wider plan to extend its international presence. Antenna CEO Theodore Kyriakou said that Smith will play a key role in […]