NBCUniversal to bring Hayu to Central and Eastern Europe

NBCUniversal International’s reality content streamer Hayu has announced plans to expand into Central and Eastern Europe later this year. The platform, which houses shows such as The Real Housewives, Below Deck and Million Dollar Listing, will launch across the region in Q4 with over 300 shows and over 9,000 episodes of top reality TV content. […]

MFE names NBCU veteran to oversee German expansion

MediaForEurope (MFE), the pan-European group formerly known as Mediaset, has announced the hire of a former NBCUniversal exec to oversee its growing business in Germany. Katharina Behrends will join as general manager for DACH on October 1. She will be responsible for overseeing MFE’s corporate engagement and activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and will […]

Estrella Media hires former NBCU formats boss as content chief

LA-based Spanish-language firm Estrella Media has appointed former NBCUniversal formats boss Enrique Guillen as chief content officer. In his new role, he will report to CEO Peter Markham, and will oversee the US domestic and global content strategy for Estrella Media’s TV, streaming, digital, audio, events, and digital businesses. This includes developing, producing, and acquiring […]

CNBC president and chairman Mark Hoffman to step down in September

Mark Hoffman, the chairman and president of NBCUniversal-owned news broadcaster CNBC, has announced plans to step down in September.  The executive became CNBC president in 2005 before ultimately taking over as chairman in 2015. Hoffmann oversaw the newscaster’s global expansion and transition to digital, while turning CNBC into one of NBCU’s most consistently growing assets. […]

NAB announces trio of appointments to board of directors

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced a trio of appointments to its board of directors.  The trade association and lobby group has appointed Catherine Badalamente, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, and Phil Tahtakran, SVP, head of federal government affairs for NBCUniversal, to the NAB Television Board of Directors, while Kevin Godwin, […]

Walmart holds talks with media giants to add streaming to ‘plus’ subscription

Walmart has reportedly held talks with a handful of major media organisations over the prospect of bundling streaming services into its Walmart+ membership. Much like the internationally-known Amazon Prime subscription, the US$12.95 per month membership is largely based around free shipping on orders, while offering a number of perks including discounts on fuel and a […]

Peacock stable as Comcast sweats on stalled broadband growth and churn at Sky

NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock saw its paid subscriber numbers stall at around 13 million in the second quarter of this year, while parent company Comcast also failed to add domestic broadband customers for the first time in its history. Losses at the streamer also rose to $467m during the period – compared to $363m in […]

NBCU local news channels come to Roku

Roku has announced a partnership with NBCUniversal to bring the broadcaster’s local news channels to FAST platform The Roku Channel. NBCUniversal Local will bring local news channels from its NBC stations in major markets around the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington DC, Hartford (CT), and South Florida, to […]

Netflix could partner with Google or NBCU for adtech says report

NBCUniversal and Google have been tipped as the potential partners for Netflix’s ad-supported tier. The cheaper version of Netflix, which could launch before the end of the year, announced that it would introduce an advertising-supported tier in the wake of its Q1 earnings in which it lost subscribers for the first time in a decade. […]

Streamers including Netflix, Sky and Warner Bros. Discovery form European VOD Coalition 

A new body representing the interests of video-on-demand companies in Europe has been formed. Based in Brussels, the European VOD Coalition promises to give a voice to the European audiovisual streaming sector and engage with policy makers across Europe.  At launch, the Coalition’s members include CHILI, FilmDoo, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Nokzedoc, Nordic Entertainment Group AG, Paramount, […]

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