Sports


UK MPs raise piracy concerns against beoutQ

BeoutQ, the allegedly Saudia Arabia-backed pirate TV network, has been slammed by members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee. In a parliamentary session on May 10, Jeremy Wright QC, DCMS secretary of state, responded to a question from Giles Watling MP, confirming that a number of UK government departments are […]

Juniper: digital content spend to reach US$250bn in 2019

Global consumer spend on digital content will reach US$250 billion in 2019, an increase of US$23 billion year-on-year, driven in part by digital sports rights, according to Juniper Research. The company said that SVOD services will be a key driver of growth as major players, including Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, have acquired sports rights in […]

Eurodata: Football accounts for 27% of sports programming

Football accounted for an average of 27% of all sports programming on generalist channels between September 2016 and August 2017, according to EurodataTV Worldwide stats spanning 45 countries. The research firm said that while television is increasingly challenged by non-linear ways of consumption, “sports and live television are still a perfect match”. It described football […]

OTT company Falcon starts trading on LSE

Falcon, an over-the-top business covering technology, distribution and content, has commenced trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The company has raised £4 million through the placement of new ordinary shares at £0.25 each, and plans to use the proceeds to transform itself into a “leading OTT broadcast media company” based around its Q-Flow software. […]

Ampere: Snapchat video users love comedy and sport

Snapchat allows content companies to reach young viewers in a way that other social and video platforms cannot do with comedy, horror and sport among the key programming genres. New research from Ampere Analysis shows that Snapchat delivers a young audience that want to engage with content on mobile devices. It is better at reaching […]

Intel buys VR startup Voke for immersive sports

Intel has acquired virtual reality startup Voke as part of a move into immersive sports. California-based Voke was founded in 2004 and specialises in delivering immersive viewing experiences of live events. Intel said the deal will accelerate its strategy to build a broad portfolio of solutions to deliver “new, immersive sports experiences for athletes, fans […]

Discovery chief outlines ‘Netflix of sport’ ambition

With Olympics and other rights in hand, Eurosport can become the ‘Netflix of sports’, according to parent company Discovery. Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav told analysts that owning the linear and digital rights to all Eurosport content opened up a range of possibilities. “Because we own the sports content for both linear and digital, […]

Report: Amazon aiming for sports rights

Amazon is reportedly going after video rights for professional sports, including tennis, rugby and golf. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people with knowledge of the matter, Amazon has expressed interest in sport with a global appeal, which also includes soccer and auto racing. The online retail giant is also reportedly interested in US […]

Perform Group to launch sports OTT service in Germany

UK-based sports rights specialist Perform Group is to launch an OTT sports subscription service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, centred on its recent acquisition of web rights to highlights of Bundesliga football matches. The service DAZN, is expected to launch this summer. In addition to German football, the service will include coverage of international football […]

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