US$4.5 billion sports highlights market dominated by YouTube viewing

YouTube has overtaken Facebook as the most popular social platform for viewing sports highlights, with this standalone market estimated at being worth up to US$4.5 billion. According to a new study from Ring Digital, 53% of Americans use YouTube as a regular way of watching sports highlights compared to 45% who use Facebook. This is […]

Facebook adds Netflix support for Portal TV

Portal TV, the video chat-oriented set-top box from Facebook, has added support for Netflix.  Unlike seemingly equivalent streaming devices like Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire sticks, Portal was first launched in 2018 as a smart screen device to rival the Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub (now Google Nest Hub). The product line came […]

Surrey County Cricket Club to broadcast matches on Facebook for free

Facebook has tied up a streaming deal with Surrey County Cricket Club to broadcast the club’s home games on Facebook Watch for free. The arrangement will see Surrey’s matches in the NatWest T20 Blast and the one-off Bob Wills Trophy shown on the club’s Facebook page with the first broadcast being the London Cup between […]

Disney freezes Disney+ and Hulu ad spend on Facebook

Disney has become the latest high-profile company to cut its ad spend on Facebook platforms amid a growing movement against the social media giant’s perceived inaction over hate speech on its platform. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Disney has joined the likes of Microsoft, Starbucks and Coca-Cola in pulling ads from Facebook’s main […]

UK watchdog calls for action on Google and Facebook’s market power

UK competition watchdog the CMA has called on the British government to take on Google and Facebook’s market power in the online advertising market. According to the regulator, based on the results of a year-long market study, “existing laws are not suitable for effective regulation” and it is “recommending a new pro-competition regulatory regime to […]

British man convicted of selling over £100,000 of illegal streaming devices avoids jail

A British man has been convicted of costing broadcaster Sky £1 million through the sale of illegal streaming devices (ISDs). Mark Schofield, based in Radcliffe (a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester), pleaded guilty to selling a thousand ISDs to people across the north west, reports a local paper. It was found […]

Almost 4 billion hours watched as live streaming industry benefits from lockdown

The live streaming industry is thriving amid the global lockdown, with the sector growing a full 45% between March and April. According to the latest State of the Stream report from Stream Elements and Arsenal.gg, “the pandemic-driven shelter-in-place mandates have supersized the industry.” The overall sector grew by 99% year-over-year in terms of hours watched, […]

Facebook latest firm to reduce video quality

Facebook has become the latest major company that has agreed to downgrade its video streaming quality in Europe as the EU looks to prevent an ‘internet gridlock’. Facebook said that it would reduce streaming quality on both its core platform and its other social media service Instagram. A spokesperson for Facebook said: “To help alleviate […]

FA to stream two FA Cup matches on Facebook

The Football Association will stream two matches from the fifth round of the 2020 FA Cup on Facebook Watch.  The FA confirmed that Reading v Sheffield United on March 3 and Leicester City v Birmingham City on March 4 will be broadcast for free on the FA’s Facebook page and on the Facebook Watch app […]

Vodafone agrees US$2.4 billion Egypt sale to STC 

Vodafone looks set to exit the Egyptian market with Saudi Telecom (STC) agreeing a deal to acquire the British telco’s 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt for US$2.4 billion. Vodafone Egypt is the largest telco in the country, with Vodafone being the nation’s largest foreign investor. The operator has a market share of 44% of a […]

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