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Sky restructures European acquisitions under Sarah Wright

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky has restructured its acquisitions division across Europe, with Sarah Wright taking on a group-wide role. Wright becomes group director of acquisitions with a remit to oversee strategy across the company’s operations in the UK and Ireland, as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. New team structure Lucy Criddle, Sky’s […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Peacock up by nine million subs as Comcast mulls international expansion

NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock added nine million subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The Comcast-owned company attributed the growth to the addition of iconic US sitcom The Office as a Peacock exclusive, along with the deal to acquire the WWE Network in a deal worth a reported US$1 billion. In total, Peacock now […]

Discovery agrees first US pay TV deal for discovery+ with Comcast

Discovery has signed its first US pay TV deal for its streaming service discovery+ with Comcast. The arrangement will see the SVOD, which launched in the US in January, available on the Xfinity Flex OTT platform and the more traditional X1 set-top box in the coming weeks. Discovery signed a similar deal with Comcast’s UK […]

Comcast adds Disney+ and ESPN+ to Xfinity

Comcast has agreed a partnership with Disney to rollout Disney+ and ESPN+ to its Xfinity pay TV customers in the US. The entertainment and sports apps will be available on the X1 and Flex platforms, with full Xfinity voice integration – meaning that users can search for specific shows across both Disney+ and ESPN+. Disney will […]

Ma promoted to CTO at FreeWheel

Comcast-owned ad-tech company FreeWheel has announced the appointment of Yuling Ma as its chief technology officer. The exec will be responsible for leading development and operation of FreeWheel’s tech platform along with its network operations and global engineering team. Ma has been promoted from her previous role of senior vice president of engineering and general […]

New Sky boss positive about the future as group sees Q4 bounceback

Sky saw a positive Q4 with its customer relationships returning to 99.8% of pre-Covid levels. The Comcast-owned group ended the year with revenues of US$18.6 billion, which Comcast CEO Brian Roberts described as “essentially flat from what we generated in Q4 2019.” Revenue for the quarter was down by 0.9% to US$5.2 billion, with DTC […]

33 million flock to Peacock

NBCUniversal’s big streaming play Peacock hit 33 million subscribers by the end of 2020, parent company Comcast has said. Peacock’s performance puts it on a similar level to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, which had just under 38 million at the end of the year. The streamer saw steady growth from Q3, adding 11 million users. The […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Peacock restores on-demand EPL matches

NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will offer on-demand replays of all televised English Premier League matches. The streamer, which is currently in the middle of its first season playing host to more than 175 live matches of the English league, upset fans last month when it removed on-demand replays. At launch, the app promised “more than […]