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OTT aggregator Freecast taps 3SS for upgraded UX

US OTT aggregator Freecast has tapped technology provider 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) to provide its 3READY products to deliver a new user experience for its offering in the Americas. Privately-owned FreeCast provides its customers with an all-OTT aggregated consumer platform called SelecTV, an offering aimed at the American market which acts as a virtual operator […]

H&C teams up with Alchimie for US launch

Horse & Country (H&C), the international equestrian sports network, is launching its premium channel on TV Player in the US through a partnership with channel aggregator Alchimie. Fans of equestrian sports will be able to access a line up of equestrian sports as well as training and educational shows, entertainment, and documentary series. TV Player […]

Eleven Sports acquires US AVOD specialist Team Whistle

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired US-based sports AVOD specialist Team Whistle in a move that expands its operations to North America. The deal is subject to antitrust regulatory approval.  Eleven said that the acquisition will bring together its 150-plus commercial partners, 20 million-plus users and 30,000 hours of live sport annually with Team Whistle’s […]

Alchimie launches US TVPlayer

Video platform and channel aggregator Alchimie has launched its American TVPlayer service, a new on-demand service offering US viewers over 30 linear and on demand channels.  TVPlayer US brings together a range of themed and special interest channels populated with a selection of content from American and European producers and rights owners. The offering is the latest OTT […]

Omdia: frequent cinemagoers providing boost for SVOD uptake

Frequent cinemagoers – or ‘cinema power users’ – are much more likely to take up subscriptions to streaming SVOD services than other segments, and represent a significant growth opportunity for streaming companies, according to a report by Omdia. Omdia’s Movie Windows – Adapting to the Future report identified three distinct consumer types characterised by their […]

BBC Studios to launch streamer in US and Canada

BBC Studios (BBCS) is expanding its North American SVOD offering with a new streamer set to launch next year that will target “independent thinkers”. BBC Select will launch with a raft of UK programming split into three main topics – culture, politics and ideas – and builds on the internationally facing, culture-skewing, BBC Four-focused SVOD […]

Controversial FCC chair Ajit Pai to step down January 20

Ajit Pai, the head of the US’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has announced that he will step down on January 20 – the day of president elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Pai had served on the FCC since 2012, but became a more public-facing figure when he was appointed chair of the body in 2017 by president […]

NENT’s Viaplay to expand to 10 international markets, including Poland and US

Nordic Entertainment (NENT Group) has unveiled plans to rollout streaming services in 10 international markets by the end of 2023, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the US in 2021. By the end of 2025, NENT Group aims to increase its subscriber base to approximately 10.5 million by more than doubling its Viaplay paying subscriber base in […]

Top US Pay TV operators drop 4.7 million subs in year to date

The top pay TV operators in the US lost more than 850,000 subscribers in the recent quarter. According to figures from informitv, the top 10 operators collectively lost 862,800 TV subscribers in Q3, taking total losses in 2020 so far to 4.72 million. Of those top 10, eight lost subscribers, though Q3 fared better than […]

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