Ireland


Virgin Media Television seeking post-watershed drama

Virgin Media Television – formerly know asTV3 Group – is currently seeking submissions for a new post-watershed, six –part drama, for 2019/2020. The call for titles if part of an on-going drama initiative laid out by the company. Virgin is inviting entrants to explore contemporary themes, new visual styles and narratives, focusing on original, “noisy” […]

Eleven Sports agrees UK deal with Facebook ahead of streaming service launch

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has teamed up with Facebook to make the social media platforms its free-to-air partner in the UK and Ireland. The partnership is the latest extension to Eleven’s various collaborations with Facebook and comes ahead of the planned launch of its own online streaming service in the UK and Ireland, expected later […]

Virgin Media passes 900,000 Irish homes in Project Lightning expansion

Virgin Media has passed 900,000 premises in Ireland with ultrafast fibre broadband as part of its Project Lightning network expansion. Over the past two years, Virgin Media has added 100,000 new homes and businesses to its network map in Ireland and says it is on target to reach the one million mark over the next […]

Sky secures Premier League rights for Ireland

UK pay TV leader Sky has secured the rights to show 128 Premier League games a season exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland from 2019. Under the terms of the new agreement, which mirrors Sky’s UK rights deal signed in February and runs until 2022, Sky Sports will show every first-pick weekend match and […]

Virgin Media buys Casey Cablevision

Virgin Media has agreed to buy regional Irish cable operator, Casey Cablevision, which is based in Dungarvan, County Waterford, on the south coast of Ireland. The deal, which was agreed for an undisclosed price, will give Casey Cablevision’s existing customers in Dungarvan access to the full suite of Virgin Media’s products and services. Virgin said […]

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Liberty Media-owned Virgin Media and its Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 have secured rights in Ireland to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for the next three seasons. The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with […]

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 […]

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