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YouTube hires former ViacomCBS exec as MD for EMEA emerging markets

YouTube has hired Alex Okosi, formerly of ViacomCBS Networks Africa, as its managing director of emerging markets for EMEA. In this role, Okosi will be responsible for running the Google-owned company’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub Saharan Africa. Okosi joins from ViacomCBS Networks […]

BT signs distribution deal for Google Stadia

BT and Google have announced a distribution deal for the latter’s Stadia cloud gaming platform. This is the first deal that Google has signed in Europe for the gaming platform, with a statement saying that the partnership will “see the two companies work together on initiatives designed to build awareness, access and availability of it […]

Google receives DMCA takedown request for NFL VPN streaming guides

A DMCA takedown notice has been sent to Google on behalf of the NFL, requesting the removal of sixteen URLs that “promote the use of their software to illegally stream NFL games.” As first spotted by TorrentFreak, the DMCA request was sent by British IT reseller NetResult on behalf of the NFL and cites 16 […]

Disney+ and Baby Yoda dominate in Google’s annual top-trending list

Google has revealed that Disney Plus was the top-trending search term of the year in the US.  Representing just how much impact Disney’s streaming service has captured the zeitgeist, the search term beat out the likes of ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘iPhone 11’ and ‘Hurricane Dorian’. Google produces its trending rankings every year by analysing global […]

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 […]

Chromecast dominating down under 

Chromecast is Australia’s most popular digital TV service, a new study has found.  According to a report from market research company Roy Morgan, 12.1% of Australians own a Chromecast device. This is followed by Apple TV (9.4%), Foxtel Now box (7.7%), Telstra TV (6.7%), Fetch Mighty/Mini (5.5%) and other digital television services (4.5%). Google Chromecast […]

Comcast takes on Google over ad restrictions

Comcast is throwing its weight behind US efforts to pile regulations onto big tech firms. As first reported by Reuters, the company’s video ads division Freewheel has accused Google of “using privacy concerns as a pretext to limit FreeWheel’s ability to sell ads on behalf of its clients’ YouTube channels”. The report, citing four people […]

YouTube announces drastic measures to make verification programme stricter

YouTube has rolled out changes to its verification programme for creators, making it more difficult for channels to receive the verified status, as indicated by a checkmark beside the channel name.  Previously, the only thing required for verification was for a channel to have more than 100,00 subscribers. However, YouTube has now updated its terms […]

TV could be ‘centre of smart home’ says Android TV chief

The TV could emerge as the device at the centre of the smart home, according to  Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director, Android TV. Speaking at IBC yesterday Govil-Pai said that people want to “entertained and educated” on TV, but the TV device can also be used as a way to control smart home devices and play […]

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