Covid-19


Disney+ delays French roll-out as Apple & Amazon cut streaming quality

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with Covid-19

It might feel like you’ve been stuck indoors for months but for most readers outside of Asia, this week has been the first in which the deep impact of Covid-19 has truly started to be felt. So what have we learnt so far? M&A is on hold Whereas the impact of the 2008 credit crunch […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Five lessons from a virtual market

Over the coming months, TBI will be running a series of articles exploring how the international content industry is dealing with the challenges of Covid-19. We will explore how businesses are adapting and overcoming the problems posed, with timely and useful insights from producers, distributors, streamers and broadcasters. We kick off with Bethan Corney, MD, […]

Production bodies call for gov’t support as Covid-19 impacts

Production communities around the world have been left reeling as the impact of Coronavirus-enforced shutdowns begins to be felt, with more than 100,000 job losses in the US alone. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), a US union body representing 140,000 people working in TV and film production, said it had approved a […]

TV viewing could increase 60% during Coronavirus, says Nielsen

Housebound users could stream more than 60% more video during the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures from ratings giant Nielsen. The US-based company said media consumption is set to surge with streaming video via the TV increasing by 61% on average. Nielsen also said that films, news and general format programming are the most popular […]

Viaplay reports viewing jump of 44% following Coronavirus outbreak

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group)’s Viaplay streaming service has reported a surge in viewing figures following the outbreak of Coronavirus across the region. The total number of streamed minutes on Viaplay across the Nordics (excluding sports coverage) was up by 44% last week compared to the same period in 2019 and up 13% compared to […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What will Covid-19 mean for AVOD, SVOD & pay TV?

Broadcasters and streamers are preparing for a deluge in viewing as country-wide lockdowns across Europe and beyond come into force, leaving captive audiences at home. Maria Rua Aguete, exec director at analyst giant and TBI sibling Omdia, explores what might play out. Italy, Spain, France and Germany have all suffered most heavily from Covid-19 in […]

Coronavirus hits more events as European producers call for support

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the international TV industry with shows and events cancelled around the world, while unions and European producer organisations have called for more government support. Hot Docs joins growing list of cancelled events Canada’s factual-focused Hot Docs, due to run 30 April-10 May in Toronto, is among the latest events […]

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