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Facebook Watch strikes digital deal with ProSiebenSat.1

Facebook Watch has struck a deal with German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 that will secure a raft of digital-first content for Facebook’s video service. Facebook Watch will work with ProSiebenSat.1 to bring digital content including pre-shows, after-shows, interviews and spin-offs of the German broadcaster’s content to Watch users. Facebook said that the deal would cover content […]

OTT market to reach US$330 billion by 2025

The fast-growing OTT market is set to reach new heights in the coming years, a new report has claimed. According to a new study from Allied Market Research, the global OTT market reached US$97.43 billion (€86.97 billion) in 2017 and is projected to reach US$332.52 billion (€296.81 billion) by 2025. This translates to a compound […]

Facebook’s VR head is stepping down from his role

Hugo Barra, the vice president of Oculus VR at Facebook, is leaving his role to focus on building a “global AR/VR partner ecosystem” at the company. Barra, who joined Facebook from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi in January 2017, will be succeeded in the position by Erick Tseng, Facebook’s current product management director. This reshuffle coincides […]

Chris Cox, Facebook chief product officer, to leave firm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced the high profile departures of the social media giant’s chief product officer Chris Cox and head of WhatsApp Chris Daniels. The departure of Cox is a particular surprise, given that he has worked at the firm since 2005 and introduced key features to the service including its News Feed. […]

Facebook introduces Showcase premium video ad scheme

Facebook is introducing a new video ad programme in the US, designed to help ad buyers reach target audiences within “the highest-quality videos on Facebook” – including Facebook Watch originals. Facebook Showcase aims to make it easy for advertisers to plan, buy and measure video ad campaigns, reserving inventory upfront, at a fixed price, guaranteed […]

Mediaset claims victory in legal battle with Facebook

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has claimed victory in a milestone legal battle with Facebook over violation of copyright and defamation, with a Rome court holding the social network responsible for hosting unauthorised links to Mediaset content. The case dates back to 2012. According to Mediaset, anonymous users opened a Facebook page dedicated to a cartoon, Kilari, […]

DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended […]

Viacom teams with Facebook for MTV Stax

Viacom International Media Networks’s (VIMN) MTV has teamed up with Facebook in the UK to launch a live and interactive quiz game show on Facebook Watch called MTV Stax. The agreement means that MTV will be one of the first UK partners to utilise Facebook Watch’s new game show functionality, which it developed as part […]

Facebook expands ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe

Facebook is expanding its ‘fan subscriptions’ trial to Europe, rolling out the new feature in the UK, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Facebook’s director media partnerships, EMEA, Patrick Walker, announced the move in a blog post published to coincide with the social network’s first Facebook Creator Day in EMEA and this week’s Vidcon London event. At […]

Facebook expects Watch to become ‘more mainstream’ in 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects the Watch video platform to become “more mainstream” in 2019, adding that building new experiences is one of the company’s four priorities for the year ahead. Speaking on Facebook’s fourth quarter and full year 2018 results call, Zuckerberg said that 400 million people use Watch every month and […]

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