BBC and ITV favourites to retain Six Nations

The BBC and ITV are set to retain the rights to rugby union’s Six Nations, ensuring the pre-eminent tournament remains on free-to-air TV in the UK.  CVC Capital, which has invested £300 million for a 15% stake in the tournament, is seeking contract improved from the combined £90 million paid previously by the pubcasters. That […]

Comcast to launch NBC Sky World News

Comcast will launch NBC Sky World News this summer. The channel’s launch will be the latest flex of corporate synergy since Comcast’s £30.5 billion acquisition of Sky in 2018. The global news network will be targeted at English-speaking audiences, and will hire 100-200 new employees under the guidance of Deborah Turness, NBC News International president […]

Horse & Country acquires US streamer, will come of Sky at end of month

Equestrian sports network Horse & Country TV (H&C) has acquired leading US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN). In the UK meanwhile, H&C will come off Sky at the end of this month and transition to a more OTT-focused distribution strategy, although it remains available as a pay TV channel on Virgin Media. EQSN […]

Netflix: New Sky deal; French focus; Gibhli get; Royal interest

Netflix has announced an extended multi-year agreement with Sky in the UK.  The streamer initially signed a distribution deal with Sky in 2018 to bring its app to the Sky Q platform. In a release, Sky said this new deal will expand upon the initial agreement, and give customers the option to take up Netflix’s […]

Disney ‘stealth deletes’ content from Disney+

Disney has already started pulling content from its fledgling streaming platform Disney+. While Disney made a big announcement on New Year’s Day that a wide range of content – such as Cool Runnings and 2019’s live-action Aladdin – would be made available in the coming weeks, one Redditor noticed a handful of films and shows […]

Sky cools on BritBox

Sky has reportedly lost interest in a distribution deal with the ITV-BBC joint venture Britbox.  According to a report in the Sunday Times, the operator feels that Britbox would not offer significant additional value to its customers, cooling off hopes that the new SVOD could join the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer on its […]

Comcast brings live TV and VOD to NuEyes visually impaired smart-glasses

Comcast has announced a new partnership with wearable tech startup NuEyes. The agreement will bring the operator’s Xfinity Stream app to the NuEyes VR smart-glasses designed for visually impared users.  NuEyes was founded by US military veteran Mark Greget, and launched the NuEyes e2 VR headset for people who are visually impared due to conditions […]

Telecom Italia strikes deal with DAZN 

Telecom Italia (TIM) and sports streaming outfit DAZN have struck an agreement that will give TIM customers access to DAZN’s content through dedicated offers.  The partnership builds on TIM’s strategy of establishing itself as a leading aggregator of content in Italy, with a sports offering that includes national and international football alongside other sports.  From […]

Sky strikes Channel 5 content pact

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has struck a deal for entertainment and factual programming from Viacom-owned Channel 5. The arrangement will see 300 hours of C5 shows becoming available to subscribers, with content accessible via the Sky Box Sets service and to those holding an entertainment pass for Sky’s OTT service Now TV. The box-sets […]