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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 […]

PGA Tour signs Facebook Watch deal for daily highlights

Facebook and the PGA have agreed a deal to bring highlights packages to Facebook Watch. The deal will see the PGA publish daily round recaps and player-specific highlights from over 30 PGA Tour events such as The Players Championship and FedExCup Playoffs. The Facebook Watch packages will feature content from the organisation’s linear TV broadcasts […]

UFC signs deals with Facebook and Russia’s Tricolor

Combat sports competition the UFC has inked a one-year deal with Facebook. The arrangement will see the UFC produce three original shows for Facebook Watch, with all content to be tied to 20 UFC events over the next year. The short-form shows are Quick Hits, The Check-In How and Fighter Commentary. Quick Hits is a […]

Facebook’s Burns in as Twitch’s first-ever EMEA MD

Amazon’s game streaming platform Twitch has appointed Damian Burns as its first-ever managing director of EMEA. Burns joins from Facebook, where he spent five years, most recently as the social media giant’s senior director of gaming for EMEA. Prior to assuming that role in 2017, he spent two years as Facebook’s head of sales for […]

Ovum: FAANG will continue to dominate streaming despite new launches

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the group of tech giants collectively known as FAANG – will continue to dominate the streaming video world despite the launch of multiple new services by US studios, according to an analysis by research outfit Ovum. According to Ovum’s World Information Series-Service provider service, the FAANG five are […]

ESPN signs Facebook Watch deal

Disney-owned ESPN has announced a new distribution deal with Facebook. The agreement will see the sports broadcaster distribute a range of exclusive digital shows on the social media company’s Facebook Watch video platform. Content initially available on the platform include extra segments from shows such as Always Late with Katie Nolan, college football pre-game companion […]

Facebook brings Portal to the TV, but privacy still a concern

Facebook has made a play for the living room with the introduction of a new Portal TV set-top box. Portal was launched in 2018 as Facebook’s attempt at launching a product to rival the Amazon Echo Show  and Google Home Hub, with a main focus on video calling. In addition to the STB, Facebook has […]

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