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Eleven Sports Portugal to stream Bundesliga via Facebook for first time

Eleven Sports will show Bundesliga football live on Facebook for the first time in Portugal this weekend, in a bid to reach sports fans across the country. The sports broadcaster has already broadcast matches from other top European leagues on Facebook in Portugal, and this weekend will stream the Bayern München versus Fortuna Düsseldorf match […]

Channel 4 and Facebook team up for weekly news show

Channel 4 has partnered with Facebook for a weekly news show, months after the social media giant rolled out its Watch platform globally.  Uncovered is to launch on Facebook Watch, and will provide in-depth news and analysis from C4 News’ team of domestic and international correspondents who will tackle under-reported series, focusing on a single major […]

Facebook sees video growth but admits it is still ‘well behind YouTube’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is seeing video expand dramatically across its ecosystem, but admitted that while its dedicated Watch service is growing quickly it is still “well behind YouTube”.    Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Zuckerberg reiterated that video is one of Facebook’s key priorities for its core app along […]

UK government moves to tax tech giants

The UK government has called on digital platforms including Facebook and Amazon to “pay their fair share” with a 2% revenue tax. For the first time, the government has instituted a Digital Services Tax on the “revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces, reflecting the value they derive from UK users.” The […]

Facebook and YouTube say no to ‘one-size-fits-all’ ratings

Facebook and YouTube have expressed a desire to get involved in a Joint Industry Currency (JIC) model for audience measurement in the UK, provided they are represented “appropriately and fairly”. Representatives from the digital platforms spoke during a Royal Television Society event on October 24, where execs from Sky, Channel 4, commercial marketing organisation Thinkbox, […]

Ampere: Facebook video viewing audience in decline in US, Europe

Online video audiences for Netflix and Amazon are increasing, but Facebook is experiencing a decline in video viewing, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm said that since the third quarter of 2016, the proportion of US internet users who have watched videos on Facebook in the past month has declined from 35.5% to 23.7%. […]

eMarketer: 2018 to be milestone year for digital video ads in the US

US video ad spend is tipped to grow nearly 30% to US$27.82 billion in 2018, marking a milestone year of digital video advertising, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that video ad spend will make up 25% of US digital ad spending this year with Facebook capturing nearly a quarter of this video ad […]

Facebook unveils Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled Oculus Quest, a virtual reality headset that it is billing as its first all-in-one VR gaming system. Oculus Quest, which was called Santa Cruz during its development phase, will offer six degrees of freedom and touch controllers – with no PC, wires or external sensors required. The device was unveiled at […]

Ampere: Netflix leads the FAANGs with focus on comedy and sci-fi originals

Netflix continues to lead the FAANG companies in terms of original content, though the Facebook, Apple and Google-owned YouTube platforms are also making “unprecedented strides” in original content production. This is according to new research by Ampere Analysis, which shines a light on both the number of originals that the FAANGs are working on and […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

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