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Amazon ‘among bidders’ for Fox US sports networks

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid […]

Discovery boosts GO app line-up in the US

Discovery has added HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its suite of TV everywhere ‘GO’ apps in the US. The networks join the twelve existing Discovery GO apps and bring more than 22,000 titles to the platform – increasing the number of titles across all the apps to 45,000. “Discovery’s suite of […]

Criterion Collection to launch standalone SVOD service

The Criterion Collection is due to launch its own standalone streaming service in spring 2019, following news that Filmstruck, the SVOD service it helped to develop, will close later this month. The Criterion Channel will be wholly owned and controlled by the Criterion Collection and is due to launch initially in the US and Canada, […]

Roku starts shipping its wireless speaker in the US

Roku has started shipping its Roku TV Wireless Speakers product in the US in time for Black Friday. The speakers, the first to be made exclusively for Roku TV, will be available over the weekend and on Cyber Monday for a discounted price of US$149.99, after which they will cost US$199.99. “Sound is an important […]

IAB: US digital ad revenues grew 23% in H1 2018

US digital advertising revenues grew 23% year-on-year in the first half of 2018 to reach US$49.5 billion, according to the IAB’s latest Internet Advertising Revenue Report. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) study, produced with PwC US, claims that advertisers spent more on digital media in H1 2018 than they have in the first half of […]

Leichtman: US pay TV use down to 78% of homes

The proportion of US TV households that subscribe to some form of pay TV service has dropped by eight percentage points in the past five years, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The new study claims that 78% of US television homes currently take pay TV, down from 86% in 2013, 87% in 2008 and […]

DISH blames AT&T as HBO goes dark for first time

HBO has disappeared from US pay TV operator DISH Network’s platform after the pair failed to agree on carriage terms, leading the operator to claim that the move is evidence of AT&T’s power to harm competition in the wake of its merger with Time Warner. The dispute marks the first time that the US premium […]

eMarketer: 2018 to be milestone year for digital video ads in the US

US video ad spend is tipped to grow nearly 30% to US$27.82 billion in 2018, marking a milestone year of digital video advertising, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that video ad spend will make up 25% of US digital ad spending this year with Facebook capturing nearly a quarter of this video ad […]

Discovery appoints digital products lead

Discovery has promoted Karen Leever to president of US digital products and marketing. In the role, Leever – who was most recently executive VP and GM of digital media at Discovery – will oversee the company’s suite of 18 TV Everywhere Go apps, and manage the development, engineering, analytics, operations and monetisation of Discovery’s digital […]

Parks: 91% of US OTT subscribers take Netflix, Hulu or Amazon

More than nine in ten US over-the-top video subscribers take at least one of the country’s top three services, according to Parks Associates. The research firm found that among US broadband households that subscribe to at least one OTT service, 91% took one or more of either Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. “Many new […]

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