Ireland


ComReg: 42% of Irish homes have Netflix

More than two in five Irish households now use Netflix, according to research by Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The 2017 Ireland Communicates survey, which was conducted in partnership with Ipsos MRBI, found that Netflix now has 42% uptake in Ireland, with the figure higher among younger people. Netflix was used by 56% of […]

Parrot Analytics: Star Trek: Discovery tops Irish in-demand ratings

Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All Access show that is distributed internationally by Netflix, topped Parrot Analytics’ most recent look at trending digital originals in the Irish market. Star Trek: Discovery garnared an average of 313,215 in-demand expressions – Parrot’s measure of how well a show is doing – in Ireland for the week ending […]

Xavier Niel ‘close’ to taking majority control of Eir

Xavier Niel, the French telecom entrepreneur and owner of multi-play service provider Iliad Telecom/Free, is close to finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in Irish telco Eir, according to press reports. According to The Times, a deal could be signed by the end of the year, expected to value the telco at around […]

Disney SVOD service launches in Ireland

The Walt Disney Company has launched its family-focused SVOD service DisneyLife in Ireland. A multi-account for families will cost €6.99 per month, offer Disney, Pixar and blockbuster films and TV series. The DisneyLife app debuted in the UK last year, before Disney announced it was launching a worldwide SVOD service in 2019. The service is […]

Fox secures Irish green light for Sky deal as UK decision time approaches

21st Century Fox has secured approval for its acquisition of Sky from the Irish regulatory authorities. The Irish minister for communications, climate action and environment cleared the way for the US group to acquire all of the shares in Sky that it does not already own, ruling that the acquisition would not result in insufficient […]

Sky renews European NBCU deal

European pay TV operator Sky has renewed its wide-ranging TV and film content deal with NBCUniversal. The multi-year deal covers Sky Cinema and the NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) channel portfolio, and includes “comprehensive” electronic sell-through and TVOD elements for the Sky Store. Sky’s UK and Ireland customers will continue to have access to pay TV […]

Nickelodeon UK poaches Scripps programming exec

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has hired a Scripps Networks international VP of programming. As of July 3, Katharina Feistauer will be VP of programming at Nick UK, reporting to UK and Ireland general manager Alison Bakunowich. She was previously VP of programming for the UK and EMEA at Scripps. The news comes in the same […]

Sky launches Now TV in Ireland

Sky has launched its stand-alone online streaming service, Now TV, in Ireland for the first time. Now TV went live in the UK in 2012 and lets viewers access content through a range of flexible, contract-free packages. From today, viewers in Ireland will be able to buy a Now TV Entertainment Month Pass for €15 […]

HbbTV Association backs Nordic move to HbbTV2

The HbbTV Association has welcomed NorDig’s new specification, which marks the Nordic region’s first steps from HbbTV1.5 to HbbTV 2.0. NorDig – which specifies the technical specifications for digital TV in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Ireland – released specifications to support the adoption of HbbTV 2 at the end of last month. Responding today […]

Hopster launches on Roku

Kids educational and entertainment app provider Hopster is launching a channel on the Roku streaming platform in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and France. Hopster is launching a localised French language app in France. Hopster is available on Roku streaming players in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, and France, and is also available […]

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