NAB: OTT TV and online sports ‘not disruptive’ to pay TV

The rise of sports-focused online video provider BAMTech and of live online sports is complementary rather than disruptive of traditional pay TV, according to company CEO Michael Paull. In an onstage interview at the NAB Show, Paull also played down the idea that non-sports fans could churn from pay TV as more entertainment content became available […]

Ampere: sports viewing on the decline among millennials

Interest in sport among young millennials is “on the decline” with many viewers lured away from sport by the wealth of TV and online video content, according to new research. The Ampere Analysis report claims that demographic and cultural shifts are “changing the way younger audiences view sport”, with the some evidence suggesting that the […]

Sky to live-stream sport and news on Facebook

Sky is planning to broadcast “a great deal of content” on Facebook Live in the coming months across both news and sports, according to digital director Lucien Bowater. In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news […]

Broadcast has ‘changed BT’s DNA’, says TV chief

BT’s launch of broadcasting has “changed the DNA of the company”, while the UK telco’s new fibre network will change the nature of its TV service, according to Alex Green, director, TV at the operator. Taking part in a fireside chat Q&A at TV Connect yesterday, Green said that BT is still less than two […]

NTV+’s Sport Plus on Akado

Russian service provider Akado has added NTV+ channel Sport Plus to its Antenna Akado service and digital cable service in the Moscow region. Sport Plus will also be available in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region via Akado’s Antenna Neva digital package. Sport Plus offers live coverage of Russian championship football as well as the […]

Sky exec to head BT’s TV unit

Delia Bushell has been appointed managing director of BT TV, the UK telco’s growing pay television division. BT and BSkyB have been battling for sports rights in the UK and Bushell served a five-year stint at Sky as director of broadband and telephony, ending in 2011. Prior to that she was director of commercial affairs […]

BT open to wholesale sports deals with Virgin, Talk Talk

BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson said the firm was still open to doing wholesale deals for its forthcoming sports channels with Virgin Media and Talk Talk, but stressed its strategy wasn’t dependent on it.  Speaking at a BT Sport launch event in London this morning, Patterson said that talks were ongoing with Virgin and would “hopefully continue” […]

Al Jazeera and CanalSat strike beIN Sport deal

Al Jazeera’s new French sports channels will be carried by DTH service CanalSat after the two parties struck a deal. Following weeks of negotiations, CanalSat is now offering beIN Sport 1, which launched on June 1, and beIN Sport 2 will be available next month. The channels will cost €11 per month. Al Jazeera launched […]