Sky chief calls for new regulator to hold internet giants to account

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has joined the chorus of media company executives calling for regulatory intervention to create a level playing field with internet giants such as Google and Facebook. In an article published by The Times, Darroch said that it was “simply wrong” that huge international tech companies were not expected to meet the […]

Parks: 40% of US homes own streaming media players

Almost 40% of US broadband households owned streaming media players at the beginning of 2018, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that Roku maintained its lead in the market, holding a steady 37% of the market. Amazon ranked second, increasing its share of the US streaming media player market by 4% since last […]

Vevo phasing out own platform in favour of YouTube

Music streaming service Vevo is to phase out its owned and operated platforms in favour of focusing on YouTube. The streaming outfit said that would focus on distributing its catalogue of music videos and original content to reach its growing audience of YouTube and would explore ways to work other platforms to further expand its […]

YouTube reveals royal wedding streaming numbers

The live-stream of last weekend’s UK royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was viewed 11.2 million times on YouTube while live, according to the streaming platform. At peak viewership, during the couple’s exchange of vows, some 1.29 million people watched the even simultaneously, making the wedding the fifth most popular event ever streamed […]

Mediapro teams up with Google for Brasileirao football on YouTube

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has teamed up with Google to make Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileño de Serie A football tournament available on YouTube in 27 territories across Europe, Asia and Oceania. The new YouTube channel will offer over 110 matches from the competition – popularly known as the Brasileirao – available, along with highlights of […]

YouTube Red drama beats Netflix in Parrot’s in-demand US originals listing

YouTube Red show Cobra Kai was the most ‘in-demand’ digital original in the US over the last seven days, according to analysis by Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer […]

Google joins Streaming Video Alliance

Google has joined the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of organisations from across the video ecosystem. Google was welcomed into the Alliance by principal member Viacom at an event hosted at the company’s headquarters in New York. “A lot has happened in the four years since the Alliance was founded,” said Jason Thibeault, executive director […]

NBCUniversal teams up with Google for VR

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

YouTube targets TV users with new advertising services

Google’s YouTube has unveiled plans to increase the value of its presence on connected TVs, enabling advertisers to target TV viewers of the video-sharing platform and adding YouTube TV to its Google Preferred programme that enables advertisers to pay to place ads on high-performing videos. In a blog posting, Debbie Weinstein, managing director, YouTube TV/video global […]

YouTube Red orders Lou Pearlman documentary

YouTube has ordered a documentary from Pilgrim Media Group about Lou Pearlman, the maverick music producer who managed bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but ultimately ended up dying in jail after running a massive ‘Ponzi’ scheme. The production will air on subscription platform YouTube Red. Entitled The Lou Pearlman Project (working title), the documentary […]

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