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Disney seals exclusive deal with Canal+ for Disney+ distribution

“Le force est avec nous, (the force is with us)”  were the words from Canal+ Group CEO Maxime Saada as he announced an exclusive distribution deal with Disney for its Disney+ streamer.  The streamer launches in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 31, following successful November rollouts in the US, Canada, the […]

Altice France’s Weill concedes defeat in battle with Orange

Altice France CEO Alain Weill has admitted defeat and will make the group’s TV channels BFM TV, BFM Business, RMC Découverte and RMC Story available free of charge to operators after Orange this week came good on its threat to cut their signal in the absence of a deal between the pair. BFM TV disappeared […]

RTL unveils new structure for ‘total video’ age as VOD base grows

RTL CEO Thomas Rabe has claimed that his company is “shaping the future of the European ‘total video’ industry” as the broadcaster unveiled a new management structure including key new appointments and passed responsibility for its advanced advertising units to RTL Deutschland, all amid strong Q2 growth for its on-demand services. The company has named […]

Launch of HBO’s Game Of Thrones season 8 triggers global piracy frenzy

The scale of the global content piracy problem was again underlined this week with the news that the first episode of the new season of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55 million times in the first 24 hours after launch, according to analytics firm Muso. By comparison, the show attracted 17.4 million viewers via […]

European Parliament OKs new portability rules with SatCab directive

The European Parliament has approved the new SatCab directive that will enable access to online TV and radio services across borders. The passing of the directive by the parliament follows its passing of controversial new copyright legislation earlier this week that will see online platforms made liable for copyright-infringing works posted on their sites. The […]

EC reportedly set to warn Vodafone on Liberty Global deal

The EC is about the issue a warning to Vodafone about potentially anti-competitive effects of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets, according to a Reuters report. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that the EC will issue a statement of objectives including a warning about its concerns ahead of the June 3 […]

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. […]

Amazon unveils new Fire TV Stick 4K with voice remote

Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick that supports 4K, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote. Amazon claims the new version of the device is “80% more powerful” than its previous generation of Fire TV Stick, which was not ultra HD compatible. The latest iteration, […]

Sky to bring Netflix on-demand package to Sky Q in November

Sky is introducing Netflix to its Sky Q platform in the UK in November, launching a new subscription package that it claims will be the country’s biggest on-demand TV service. The ‘Ultimate On Demand’ subscription pack will bring together some 400 UK and US Sky Box Sets with the full Netflix service – allowing viewers […]