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BBC Arabic extends North Africa reach via Yahlive platform

UAE-based satellite broadcaster Yahlive has reinforced its long-term partnership with UK-based broadcaster the BBC. Under a new agreement, the platform is extending the reach of BBC Arabic to Arabic-speaking audiences in North Africa (aka the Maghreb). The expansion means BBC Arabic will now reach 42 million viewers in North Africa, in addition to the 62m […]

BBC Studios strikes deal for content on Cosmote TV

BBC Studios has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s pay TV platform Cosmote TV today that will see it license over 250 hours of premium factual titles from BBC Studios for the Greek service’s on demand offering. The deal is designed to complement the schedule for the BBC Earth linear channel which […]

BBC to stream FA Cup in UHD on iPlayer

The UK’s FA Cup football semi-final this Saturday and the final on May 18 is to be streamed on the BBC iPlayer service in the Ultra HD format for the first time, the pubcaster has said. The BBC has also revealed that 18% of the eight million requests for blockbuster natural history series Dynasties on […]

Discovery’s Zaslav expands on ‘factual Marvel library’ SVOD plan

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC retains FA Cup rights until 2025 

The BBC has agreed a new four-year deal that will see it continue to broadcast the Emirates FA Cup until 2025. The agreement was struck with the Football Association (FA) and will start at the beginning of the 2021/22 season, covering live match coverage, highlights and clip rights. The BBC will broadcast up to 18 […]

BBC chair criticises ‘red tape’ restrictions on iPlayer windowing

The restrictions on the viewing window for content available on the BBC iPlayer form a major barrier to the pubcaster meeting its remit of delivering a universal service as audiences turn to digital platforms, and regulator Ofcom’s approach runs the risk of “tying ourselves up in red tape and regulation at a time when media […]

BBC Studios takes boxsets to Sky and Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royle […]

BBC Studios launches BBC Earth strand with China’s BesTV

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial arm, is launching a new BBC Earth branded space with Chinese IPTV provider BesTV in China, bringing BBC Earth content to more than 46 million of the latter’s subscribers across the country. BesTV is China’s IPTV service covers 31 cities in China. The outfit is a subsidiary of the Shanghai […]

BritBox carries risk of ‘cannibalising’ ITV’s business, say analysts

BritBox, the planned UK SVOD JV between the BBC and ITV, is unlikely to be profitable before 2024, unlikely to contribute to ITV’s bottom line until 2023, and carries a risk of cannibalising ITV’s existing core free-to-air business, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to the investment bank, “the question of positioning the service in […]

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