Discovery ‘assertively leaning in’ to ‘specialty stores’ streaming strategy

Discovery is “assertively leaning in” to build new direct-to-consumer businesses with a “specialty stores” strategy that differentiates it from larger global competitors in the space, according to the company’s senior managers. Speaking on Discovery’s latest quarterly earnings call, CEO David Zaslav said that the company had made “a differentiated bet” based on ownership of intellectual […]

HBO Max secures Doctor Who and raft of BBC content

HBO Max has scooped up exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who via a major licensing deal with BBC Studios. The WarnerMedia-owned platform has picked up exclusive streaming rights to the current season, along with 10 other seasons of the rebooted sci-fi show, which was re-launched on BBC One in 2005 after a 16-year absence. The programme, which […]

BBC Studios brings international sales and distribution businesses together

BBC Studios has brought its international sales and distribution business, encompassing content sales, branded services and ancillaries, together into a single global distribution group with Paul Dempsey taking the role of president, global distribution. Dempsey joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 and has held a number of senior positions including interim CEO, managing director, consumer products […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

ITV chief: BBC iPlayer plans will not impact BritBox

The BBC’s plans to extend the window under which content is available on its iPlayer service will not have a major impact on BritBox, the planned new SVOD JV with ITV, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Speaking on ITV’s latest quarterly earnings call at the end of last week, McCall said that ITV […]

BBC taps Sky veteran for Commercial Holdings Board vacancy

The BBC has appointed May Fyfield to its Commercial Holdings Board as a non-executive director.  Fyfield will start in the position on August 1, filling a role that has been vacant since the departure of Sir Howard Stringer in 2018. She is to join the board on a three-year contract.  Prior to this position, Fyfield […]

BritBox to see Q4 UK launch at £5.99 per month

ITV and BBC have confirmed that BritBox, the PSBs’ attempt at creating a ‘British Netflix’ will launch in Q4 2019 with a monthly cost of £5.99 (€6.67). The price point puts BritBox on par with the cheapest Netflix subscription BritBox’s content will be made up of a catalog of iconic British shows such as Gavin […]

BBC Sport Scotland to broadcast Scottish Esports League finals

BBC Sport Scotland will air the Scottish Esports League Finals, the broadcaster has announced.  In a first for the BBC’s Scottish broadcaster, the finals will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport Scotland website across the weekend of July 20-21 from the SEC in Glasgow.  The finals will see competitors play four games across PC […]

BBC to broadcast UEFA Women’s Euro 2021

Following the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, the BBC has confirmed it has secured exclusive rights to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021. The BBC will provide extensive coverage of each game of the tournament will be held in England from July 11– August 1, 2021.  The announcement follows the news that England’s […]

Ofcom prominence measures “warmly welcomed” by UK PSBs

British PSBs have responded to Ofcom’s proposed measures to aid PSBs in the streaming era.  On Thursday, July 4, broadcast regulator Ofcom announced its measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These include improving the prominence of PSB content on major viewing platforms, a renewed focus on […]

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