British government allows for resumption of sports, TV and film production

The British government has announced a deal that will allow the staging of selected sports events and the resumption of film and TV production. The news comes just as the government pledged £1.57 billion to the arts sector which has been left abandoned since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This new declaration will see […]

Virgin Media reveals impact of coronavirus on TV consumption

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has unveiled statistics revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on TV viewing habits, with the operator reporting a 10% increase in customers watching TV compared to pre-lockdown, and with customers watching an extra 41 minutes per day on average. Saturday March 28 was the busiest day for […]

La Liga rights holder Mediapro reportedly secures €55 million loan

Spanish rights agency Mediapro has reportedly reached an agreement to secure €55 million in loans from shareholders.  Mediapro is the largest media company in the country with over 7,100 employees and, according to local news outlet El Confidencial, it has secured funding to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. The company is the primary holder of […]

IFA still on says Messe Berlin

Industry trade show IFA is still scheduled to go ahead despite the extension of Germany’s ban on large events. In comments made to Digital TV Europe, a spokesperson for event organiser Messe Berlin said: “Even with the current decisions of the Federal Government we are sticking to our concept, which envisages that only 1000 visitors […]

MLS to join NBA in Walt Disney World

The US’s top football league, Major League Soccer (MLS), has announced plans to return in July with a month-long ‘World Cup-style’ tournament. Following in the footsteps of the NBA, the ‘MLS is Back’ tournament will be played in its entirety at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida […]

A majority of Americans signed up to OTT services during lockdown

More than three quarters of Americans subscribed to an OTT service during the period of lockdown. According to new research from Parks Associates, 76% of US broadband households subscribed to an OTT video service in Q1 2020, while the churn rate for streaming services was 41%. Of the 10,000 surveyed respondents, OTT actually had a […]

Premier League reportedly reaches £170 million deferment agreement with Sky Sports

Ahead of the English Premier League’s planned restart on June 17, the league has reportedly secured an agreement with Sky Sports to defer payments in excess of £170 million until 2021. There had initially been fears that the clubs in the league were facing a broadcast bill of £36 million per week but this should […]

English Premier League could fill dead air with crowd noises from FIFA 20 video game

As the English Premier League approaches its June 17 restart date, the league’s clubs will be asked to approve one solution to fill the gap left by fans: artificial crowd noise. According to The Daily Mail, the clubs will be presented with the option of integrating crowd noises from football simulation video game FIFA 20 […]

NENT Group and Sky Sports to resume billing customers in June

With sports events around Europe beginning to restart, both Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Sky have said that they will resume billing customers for their sports packages. Both NENT and Sky made moves to placate customers as the sports world ground to a halt in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. NENT […]

Virgin Media to launch fitness channel with Daley Thompson

Virgin Media has announced the launch of a fitness channel as the country continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has seen gyms shut around the nation. Launching in partnership with double Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson CBE and a team of fitness experts, the ‘Get Moving’ fitness channel, will start broadcasting on […]