MIPTV: Britbox US beating targets says Sriraman in keynote

Speaking at MIPTV, Soumya Sriraman, president of the North American iteration of ‘best of British TV’ SVOD service BritBox, said it was too early to say how her division would work with the UK version of the service – coming in late 2019. Asked if the two services would pool commissioning budget, she said discussions […]

Telefonica’s Movistar+ unveils response to Netflix Spain expansion

Telefonica’s Spanish premium PayTV service Movistar+ has unveiled a strategic alliance at MIPTV with Germany-based studio Beta Film. Under the terms of the ambitious partnership, the companies will produce a substantial, annual number of productions across a variety of genres, budgets and settings. These will be aired on Movistar+ in Spain and distributed worldwide by […]

MIPTV: VR still lacking enough high-quality content

Virtual reality success won’t happen overnight with the market still lacking a high volume of high-quality content, delegates at MIPTV heard this week. On a panel titled ‘True VR: gearing up for an interactive watching experience’, VR industry insiders addressed a range of issues surrounding this new medium, including the hype cycle around virtual reality […]

Travel strikes threat hanging over MIPTV

Air and rail strikes are taking place across France, which may cause disruption for MIPTV delegates. A range of air service providers have warned that there may be delays over the next week due to an Air Traffic Control strike. Currently, there may be disruptions on April 7 and 8 as well as April 10 […]

TF1 claims ‘mixed feelings’ about working with tech giants

TF1 is working with partners in new ways to bring content to digital platforms, but remains wary about the ambitions and strategies of global internet giants, according to chairman and CEO Gilles Pelisson. Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, where he was presented with Variety’s 2017 Achievement in International Television Award, Pelisson said that TF1 had […]

Amazon: ‘multi-local’ originals key to driving subscriptions

Amazon Prime Video will increasingly focus on original international content with market-specific appeal to drive up subscriptions and sustain its base globally, according to Roy Price. In a keynote interview at MIPTV in Cannes yesterday, Amazon Prime Video’s head of global content said “there are no global customers so you have to provide a ‘multi-local’ […]

MTG chief: ‘make your mind up time’ for broadcasters

Traditional broadcasters have to “make up their mind” about what they want to be, at a time when TV viewing is beginning to decline and new forms of entertainment are on the rise, according to Jorgen Madsen Lindemann. Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes the president and CEO of Modern Times Group said that the decline […]

Deutsche Telekom to launch UHD on Entertain TV this year

Deutsche Telekom is more or less ready to start delivering UHD TV as part of its Entertain TV service and will launch channels later this year, according to Peter Kirchoff, VP of content at the German telco. Speaking on a panel session at MIPTV, Kirchoff said that Deutsche Telekom already offers some 4K content over-the-top […]

VR startups face ‘survival challenge’ until mobile platforms reach critical mass

Virtual reality startups face a “challenge to survive” until mobile platforms that support virtual experiences reach critical mass, according to a panel of speakers at MIPTV. However, the group said that the merging of VR and social media usage could have a transformative impact on the way the technology is perceived. Speaking on the panel, […]

Insight launches UHD SVOD service

Insight UHD has launched a subscription video-on-demand service, initially on Apple TV and Android devices, with other CE platforms including Chromecast, LG, Xbox One, Amazon, Samsung and Sony PlayStation to follow. Speaking at MIPTV, CEO Rian Bester said Insight had teamed up with online video platform provider NeuLion to deliver a service encoded in HEVC. […]