Russian group pitches case for international BRICS TV channel

The BRICS Business Council, a sub-group of the BRICS leaders summit currently taking place in China, has expressed support for a Russian proposal to launch a new international TV channel dedicated to life and development in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to the initiative’s backers. Russian […]

Globosat buys into Vice Brazil in expansion push

Vice Media and Globosat will partner to expand the Vice brand’s local presence across online, mobile and linear in Brazil. Under the agreement, Globosat will take a significant minority stake in Vice Brazil, and see Vice grow its portfolio of youth focused digital channels and library of original video content. The partnership between Vice and […]

Vivendi launches WatchMusic mobile SVOD

Vivendi is launching WatchMusic, a subscription on-demand music video service in Brazil, with further international launches to follow. The new service is being launched by Watchever, the brand Vivendi used for its soon-to-close German SVOD service. It will allow subs to watch music videos, live performances, music doc and other music themed programming via an […]

SES sees record uptake for Rio Olympic Games

Satellite operator SES has seen record uptake of its satellite capacity for the Rio Olympics as compared to previous Games. The operator said that a total of 23,000 hours of capacity has been booked on four SES satellites — NSS-806, SES-4, NSS-7 and SES-3 – enabling broadcasts of coverage in the Americas, Europe, Asia and […]

Akamai highlights record-breaking Rio video traffic volumes

CDN provider Akamai says video traffic from the Rio Olympic Games on its network has now exceeded that from the entire London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics combined. “Akamai delivered more video data in the first eight days of Rio than it did for all 34 days of London and Sochi combined,” the company said. […]

Netflix hit by Olympics viewing

Netflix has taken a hit as US viewers opt for the Olympics over Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and other content on the streaming service. Tech firm Procera measures traffic to Netflix and noted a 10% drop over the course of the opening weekend of the Games, currently being held in Brazil, which […]

BBC to offer virtual reality coverage of Olympics

The BBC is to offer up to 100 hours of live and on-demand virtual reality coverage of the Rio Olympic Games via its BBC Sport 360 app. Users of the service will need to download the standalone app and purchase a virtual reality viewer. The BBC said it would make 100 hours of VR content […]

eMarketer: 2.85bn people to stream Rio Olympics

Some 2.85 billion people worldwide are expected to stream the Rio Olympics, a 1.5 times increase on the 2012 London Games, according to eMarketer estimates. The research firm predicts that in the UK 160 million people will stream this summer’s Olympics, while in the US the figure will be 320 million – roughly twice the […]

Globo agrees Olympics content deal with Snapchat 

Brazilian broadcaster and Rio Olympics rights holder, Globo, has agreed to provide content to Snapchat as part of its coverage of the games. The deal marks the first time that Globo will offer exclusive sports coverage on social media and includes content from its free-to-air Globo channel and its multichannel sports brand SporTV. Snapchat will […]

Freesat to offer BBC Red Button Olympics coverage

UK TV platform Freesat will offer eight channels of live coverage of the Rio Olympics via the BBC Red Button service.  The free satellite TV service will provide access to the HD and SD Red Button coverage via the Freesat EPG. Freesat will also provide access to BBC Red Button+, an interactive service that provides […]