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TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Netflix’s Reed Hastings at RTS

Considering Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was only on stage for 30 minutes at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge earlier today, he covered a fair bit of ground. From his views on acquiring production companies (not likely), to spending more cash in the UK (upwards of $500m next year) and embracing ratings agency Barb, […]

NBCU rejigs lifestyle networks out of US

NBCUniversal is consolidating operations for cable channel E! under Bravo and Oxygen in a major restructure of its Lifestyle Networks group. Around 45 jobs are expected to be affected by the latest round of lay-offs, which sees the departures of Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of development and production at E!, and Jerry Leo, EVP of programme […]

Telefónica, Atresmedia join forces for content powerhouse

Spanish telco Telefónica and La casa de papel broadcast group Atresmedia are joining forces for a new content firm.  Each business will jointly own the new outfit, leaning into their respective connections to talent and resources. It will both produce and distribute original series and films for the likes of Movistar+ and Atresmedia’s portfolio of […]

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says $500m UK spend to rise in 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the streamer will spend £400m ($500m) on UK programming this year and added that there would be a “big increase” in 2020 as the company’s investment in the country continues to soar. The streamer’s UK slate to date tops 50 shows including Black Mirror, Sex Education and The Crown, […]

DAZN strikes distribution coup with Comcast

Sports streamer DAZN has announced availability on Comcast’s Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 platforms. This deal marks DAZN’s first distribution agreement with a major US video and internet provider. The OTT platform will be available on Xfinity X1 this Autumn, while it is available now on Xfinity Flex. Daniel Spinosa, vice president of entertainment services […]

Viacom’s Channel 5, Comedy Central join BritBox UK

Viacom’s UK channels, Comedy Central and Channel 5, have joined the BBC and ITV’s joint SVOD BritBox. The deal – for which discussions have been ongoing for more than a year, long before the service was formally announced – will see hundreds of hours of British content from the Viacom channels joining BritBox from launch. […]

BBC chief Tony Hall outlines “total TV” iPlayer vision

BBC director-general Tony Hall has said the public broadcaster wants to turn iPlayer into an all-encompassing service that will offer “total TV” and compete with Netflix and new entrants such as Apple. The BBC has been putting increasing resources over recent years into the service, which started life as a catch-up service for TV programming […]

Discovery CEO David Zaslav focuses on factual amid scripted mega-deals

David Zaslav believes Discovery’s focus on factual content and sports will differentiate it from globally dominant rivals such as Netflix and has suggested that fear lies behind recent mega-deals for shows such as The Big Bang Theory. Discovery CEO Zaslav has overseen a fast-growing operation over recent years, expanding the reach of its Eurosport operation […]

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