Sky TV base and revenues fall as sports lockdown hits home

Sky’s subscriber base was hit by the postponement or cancellation of major sports events in its Q1 results, with the loss of 65,000 customer relationships and a slide in revenues. Sky had 23.9 million customers at the end of the quarter. The reduction in numbers in the quarter compares with 112,000 additions for the same […]

NBCUniversal’s Fandango buys Walmart’s Vudu 

Vudu, the transactional video on demand platform owned by Walmart, has been purchased by NBCUniversal’s cinema ticket purchasing service Fandango. Vudu is currently accessible in over 100 million US homes with an app that has been downloaded more than 14 million times. The service allows users to purchase and rent films and series, and also […]

NBCU launches preview of Peacock to Comcast customers

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has rolled out its new streaming service Peacock to select users in the US, but senior execs have admitted that Covid-19 has had a “significant” impact on its launch slate. Matt Strauss, chairman of Peacock and NBCU Digital Enterprises, said that when the streamer’s strategy had been unveiled three months ago, “none of […]

Comcast opens up over a dozen SVODs amid coronavirus

Comcast has become the latest US operator to offer a range of its content for free as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.  The Sky owner said that it would make on demand programming from more than two dozen of its entertainment networks and subscription video services available for its Xfinity X1 and Flex customers […]

Top Comcast execs to donate salaries to charity amid pandemic

Comcast, the owner and operator of NBCUniversal and Sky, has announced that its top execs are donating 100% of their salaries to charities fighting against coronavirus. A memo sent to staff on Wednesday from CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that he, Mike Cavanagh (CFO), Dave Watson (Comcast Cable CEO), Jeff Shell, (NBCU CEO) and Jeremy Darroch […]

Virgin Media to show new NBCUniversal releases as cinemas shut down

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has struck a deal with NBCUniversal that will enable its customers to watch some of the studio’s new releases on the same day their cinema release. The agreement means that Virgin Media customers will be able to watch movies including DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour on April 6, the […]

Safety first for Discovery amid fears of delays to Tokyo Olympics; NBCUniversal sells record US$1.25 billion in ads

Eurosport owner Discovery has told Digital TV Europe that the safety of its employees is its “number one priority” amid fears that the Tokyo Olympics could be delayed over the spread of Coronavirus.  In mid-2019, Discovery committed to presenting “the most comprehensive digital coverage of a Summer edition of the Olympic Games across Europe” following the […]

Disney and Sky announce Disney+ distribution deal

NBCUniversal-backed UK broadcaster Sky has agreed a multi-year deal with Disney that will see its Disney+ service become available in the UK and Ireland on the pay operator’s platform. The agreement, which has been in the works for several months, will see Disney+ accessible via the Sky Q platform in the UK and Ireland, while […]

NBCU seals A+E Networks deal for unscripted content

Comcast’s NBCUniversal has signed a “massive licencing deal” with A+E Networks for its upcoming Peacock streamer. The deal will serve to bulk up Peacock’s library of unscripted library content with “hundreds of hours” of shows such as Storage Wars, Cold Case Files and Ancient Aliens. These shows join Peacock’s already healthy library of scripted content […]

Comcast acquires AVOD player Xumo

Comcast has acquired US AVOD Xumo from Panasonic and Meredith Corp. Xumo offers ad-supported live and on-demand streaming content and features over 190 channels such as ABC News, Fox Sports and USA Today. In a succinct statement, Xumo said: “The talented team at Xumo has created a successful, growing, and best-in-class set of streaming capabilities. […]