MTV to launch companion podcasts

ViacomCBS’s MTV has become the latest broadcaster to branch out into original podcasting.  Partnering with Global – owners and operators of radio stations such as Capital FM, Radio X and Classic FM – the deal will see MTV produce five series based around its linear series. Each podcast series will contain a minimum of 12 […]

Dataxis: global pay TV subscribers grew by 60m last year

Global pay TV subscriber numbers grew by 60 million between the third quarter of 2016 and Q3 2017, according to new research by Dataxis. The study said that the total worldwide number of pay TV subscribers climbed from 1.013 billion in Q3 2016 to 1.073 billion in Q3 2017, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) […]

Global OTT revenues to double between 2016 and 2022

Global over-the-top TV (OTT) revenues will more than double between 2016 and 2022, driven by the success of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), according to a new study. Digital TV Research claims that online TV episode and movie rentals for the 138 countries covered in its report will climb from US$37 billion (€31 billion) in 2016 to […]

BBC to stream Shakespeare globally

The BBC will live-stream a Bollywood-flavoured version of Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream later this week. The Shakespeare’s Globe production of the play will be streamed for free around the world – there is no geo-blocking in place – on the BBC’s Shakespeare Lives website. In the UK, viewers will also be able to […]

BBC completes global iPlayer Radio app rollout

The BBC’s global iPlayer radio app is now available globally in all territories supported by the Apple App Store, the Google Play store, and the Amazon Store – including China. The BBC launched the app in the Republic of Ireland last month, marking the first stage of its planned worldwide rollout for the service. The […]

Global OTT revenues to reach US$64.8bn

Global over-the-top TV and video revenues will reach US$64.78 billion in 2021, more than doubling from US$29.41 billion in 2015, according to new research. The Digital TV Research stats claim that of the US$35.37 billion in extra revenues between 2015 and 2021, Asia Pacific will contribute US$12.65 billion, North America US$9.00 billion and Western Europe […]

Global TV ad spend to climb 3.1% driven by Olympics, US election

TV will continue to take the biggest share of the global ad market in 2016, with spend expected to grow by 3.1% this year driven by the Olympic Games and US elections, according to new research. In its Ad Spend Report, media agency Carat said that while digital is “constantly closing the gap”, TV continues […]

Netflix to complete global expansion in two years

Netflix has said it plans to complete its global expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries.  In a letter to shareholders to announce its fourth quarter 2014 results, Netflix said that it plans to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late […]

Binge viewing enjoyed by 80% of viewers

Broadcast TV remains “the staple of in-home entertainment,” though 80% of people now admit to ‘binge viewing’ TV content, according to new research by technology provider Arris. The Arris Consumer Entertainment Index claimed that 14% of those surveyed admitted to binge viewing – watching multiple episodes of a TV show in a single sitting – […]

Digital TV to reach 97.9% of homes by 2020

Global digital TV penetration will reach 97.9% of TV households by the end of 2020, up from an anticipated 67.7% at the end of this year, according to a new report by Digital TV Research.  The stats, which are based on forecasts for 138 countries, claim that the number of digital TV homes will reach […]