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Darroch: no single partner crucial as Sky looks to homegrown content

No single content partner is crucial to Sky’s continued success and continued investment in the pay TV operator’s homegrown content will be a key focus for the company going forward, according to CEO Jeremy Darroch. Darroch, answering a question on parent company Comcast’s Q1 earnings call on the impact of streaming, said: “I don’t feel […]

PVR pioneer TiVo launches legal case against global media giant Comcast

PVR specialist TiVo, acquired by Rovi Corp in 2016, has launched a legal action in the US against Comcast, alleging that the global cable-to-content giant is infringing six of its technology patents with its X1 video recording hardware and software. The claims are the latest in a long battle between the two companies that started […]

Hulu buys back AT&T stake

US streaming service Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for US$1.43 billion, as the telecoms company looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a US$15 billion. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. […]

Disney, AT&T, Comcast will struggle to dethrone Netflix, claims report

Rethink TV, the TV research arm of UK-based Rethink Technology Research has released a sobering forecast of the video revenues for three of the world’s largest Pay TV and studio groupings and Netflix, in which it finds that the only one that will have rock steady, uninterrupted growth is the global SVOD giant – creator […]

Comcast reorganises Sky and NBCU channel and content assets In Europe

Following its high-profile takeover of PayTV giant Sky, US media conglomerate Comcast has triggered its first wave of rationalisation activity. In an email sent to staff on Friday, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch revealed a merger of key Sky and NBCUniversal International operations which will, in basic terms, place channel operations under the Sky brand and […]

Comcast launches Xfinity Flex streaming platform for web customers

Comcast has unveiled a new US$5 per-month streaming TV platform in the US targeted at its internet-only Xfinity customers. Due to launch next week, Xfinity Flex offers a 4K HDR streaming TV device that customers can use to access popular streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Showtime. Comcast claims that more than […]

Gravitas launches movie SVOD offering

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has launched streaming service Gravitas Movies. Gravitas Movies is now available in the US and will be rolled out globally in summer 2019. It will host over 1,000 movies across comedy, horror, thriller, documentary, action and drama for US$4.99 a month. Notable titles will include Brothers in Arms starring Johnny […]

5G ‘not a threat’ to cable, broadband takes centre stage, says Comcast chief

5G mobile is not a threat to broadband cable, which will continue to be at the centre of the cable proposition with video playing a supporting role, according to Comcast Cable CEO David Watson. Speaking at a Deutsche Bank investor conference, Watson said that his company had “a long roadmap ahead of growth for broadband” […]

Sky teams up with Comcast stablemate in IndyCar deal

Pay TV operator Sky has agreed a new deal with motorsports organisation IndyCar, giving Sky Sports in the UK the rights to show all rounds of the 2019  IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, on the Sky Sports F1 channel. The deal was concluded in partnership with NBC, now one of Sky’s sister companies under […]

Walter Presents launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1

Walter Presents, the Channel 4 subscription video on-demand service dedicated to foreign-language drama series, is now available via Comcast’s Xfinity X1 service in the US.   The launch marks the first time the SVOD offering has been made available by a pay TV provider in the states. Xfinity X1 customers can add the Walter Presents to […]