Comcast talks up Peacock’s AVOD/SVOD hybrid model as sign-ups surge

NBCUniversal’s newly launched streamer Peacock has reached 22 million sign-ups in a better-than-expected quarter for parent company Comcast. The company did not clarify how many of those 22 million users are using the streamer’s AVOD tier and how many are receiving the service as a free perk of their existing broadband or TV subscription. However, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Peacock takes flight as subs flock in

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock might have had its feathers ruffled by the global pandemic affecting its originals line-up, but its vast library seems to have worked wonders on new customers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months to the end […]

Sky strikes kids content pact with NBCU sibling DreamWorks

Sky has struck a deal with fellow Comcast-owned NBCUniversal (NBCU) that will see a raft of kids animation from its DreamWorks operation being made available to UK customers, following the end of the pay TV operator’s content pact with Disney. Starting in late October, hundreds of hours of animated series will become available on the Sky […]

NBCU’s vice chairman Ron Meyer exits after admitting affair

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s vice chairman Ron Meyer has left the US studio after more than 25 years with the company after admitting to an extramarital affair. Meyer, who had started out as an agent after forming LA-based CAA, joined Universal as president and CEO in 1995. He remained with the company following the merger with NBC […]

NBCUniversal starts laying off staff as streaming focus takes hold

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has started cutting staff as it focuses more attention on its streaming business, with around 3,000 positions set to be affected. NBCU’s CEO Jeff Shell told investors last week that the restructuring was in the works, following the US company’s decision to combine its TV and streaming divisions under Mark Lazarus. That move […]

Sky Arts to go free-to-air from September in UK

Comcast-owned pay-TV operator Sky will make its Arts channel free-to-air in the UK, the operator has announced. Starting from September, Sky Arts will launch on free-to-air terrestrial platform Freeview. Comcast-owned Sky said that this reflects “its mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts, at a vital time for the cultural sector.” […]

NBCU’s Peacock ruffled by Android absence & technical errors

NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) streamer Peacock suffered online ignominy on its US-wide launch after its app was missing from Google’s Play Store on both mobile and TV Android devices. The platform, which combines free and premium subscription models, launched in the US on July 15 with over 13,000 hours of programming including iconic sitcoms The Office, Parks […]

NBCU lands streamer Peacock into a crowded US landscape

NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) fledgling streamer Peacock landed into a crowded US streaming market today, leaning on a free-to-view tier featuring over 13,000 hours of programming. The AVOD and SVOD service was initially rolled out to select users in the US in April, with senior execs admitting that Covid-19 had had a “significant” impact on its launch […]

Sky and Discovery ink new multi-year carriage deal

Comcast-owned broadcaster Sky has signed a new carriage deal with Discovery across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. The agreement includes linear channel distribution, video on demand, direct to consumer products, and extension of the advertising relationship. It means that Discovery’s portfolio of channels, including Discovery Channel, will continue to be available across the Sky […]

Comcast to spend $100m to tackle racism, drive ‘meaningful change’

Comcast has said it will spend $100m to fight inequality as part of a multiyear program, which will also see its European pay operator Sky launch a series of initiatives to tackle racism. Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, said $75m in cash would be available to create programs that will “drive meaningful change” in addition to […]

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