TBI Weekly

TBI Weekly: What ‘Batwoman’ & ‘Yellowstone’ tell us ahead of LA Screenings

Next week’s LA Screenings promise to provide some answers to some big questions – namely, just what shows the US studios are prepared to sell to international buyers. Yet the direction of travel for some is already clear, write Mark Layton & Richard Middleton. The worlds of Taylor Sheridan’s ratings-laden cowboy drama Yellowstone and the […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What the Nordics tell us about streaming’s future

The Nordics have always tended to be at the forefront of global streaming trends, neatly reflected by the 55 SVODs operating in the region at the end of 2021. Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst at research powerhouse and TBI sibling Omdia, reflects on the past decade and picks out key trends for the future. In the […]

TBI Weekly: Are we looking at peak M&A?

Consolidation is as much a part of the global TV business as cliffhanger endings and cocktail catch-ups in Cannes. But as buy-outs continue to dominate headlines, are we rapidly approaching peak M&A? For those in the content business, the year to date has been punctuated by a series of major industry upheavals with eye-watering numbers […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How online video can stand out amid a “tyranny of choice”

Netflix’s personalized homepage may drive viewership, but more and more people are looking beyond online video apps and pay-TV platforms to decide what to watch, with major implications for how providers compete, writes Omdia’s Rob Gallagher. In 2016, two Netflix executives published an academic paper asserting that personalization and recommendations saved the company more than […]

TBI Weekly: What lies beyond the SVOD horizon?

Netflix’s plummeting share price has underlined the fragility of an SVOD-only model and already fed through to content cuts – even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry couldn’t avoid the swinging axe as the streamer looks to slash spending. Yet while Netflix gets to grips with “the complexity of advertising”, it’s been clear to many for some time now […]

TBI Weekly: Five ways UK reforms will impact the int’l industry

TV industries around the world are bracing for change as governments look to reform regulations around content – and the UK is no different. TBI explores how the flurry of activity this week is set to impact producers, broadcasters and streamers much further afield. The UK government’s reforms to the country’s content landscape were formally unveiled earlier this […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking India’s surging streaming ecosystem

India’s SVOD subscriber numbers soared by more than a third in 2021 to reach 73 million and content investment is similarly surging – the country is second only to the US in content investment for Amazon. Research powerhouse Omdia unpacks what’s next for this vast OTT opportunity. India’s online video market is the second-largest in Asia & […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Warner Bros. Discovery?

Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav has wasted little time in implementing his new-look international executive team and shuttering CNN+, but with $3bn in savings to find, there are numerous moves left to make.  Cost-cutting will be uppermost in the minds of the newly-installed senior C-suiters, but Discovery’s factual entertainment roots and Warner Media’s more […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking Netflix & Amazon viewer tastes in Spain

Spain has become a hot topic of conversation for those in the global content business, with its domestic shows such as La Casa De Papel reaching huge audience via streamers. It provides an interesting contrast to the flow of content from America. Before MIPTV, we explored how US shows have been declining in demand across […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from MIPTV 2022

While the first MIPTV in three years might have attracted folk from more than 80 countries to the French Riviera, the big stories of the week were happening elsewhere. For those of a British persuasion, news that the UK government has chosen to formally press ahead with privatisation of Channel 4 dominated dinner discussions on Monday night in Cannes. Attention on Tuesday […]

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