Discovery appoints Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

Viacom plans direct-to-consumer streaming service

Viacom has revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service later this year. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said that the new service would draw from more than 10,000 hours of library content. “We’re going to implement [the service] on a […]

Fox not keen on D2C but Hulu-type services key to growth

Direct-to-consumer services may not be a necessary part of the distribution mix for 21st Century Fox, but more control of the user experience via new OTT distribution platforms like Hulu and authenticated multiscreen apps will be “a dimension of competition that is really important” going forwards, according to CEO James Murdoch. Speaking to analysts after […]