NBCU has ‘best US skinny bundle’ networks

NBCUniversal networks were the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five channels groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they would […]

Volume of TV prodco M&A doubled in four years – IHS

Mergers and acquisitions in the television production space more than doubled between 2013 and 2017 as companies scramble for IP ownership, according to new research. IHS Markit data found that TV prodco M&A activity increased from 42 international deals in 2013 to 102 deals in 2017. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 19.4%, […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

Discovery eyes global OTT after closing Scripps deal

Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to the OTT opportunities the new scale provides. The new look group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Following completion of […]

Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

BBC considers £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (US$660m) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. The […]

France gets Naked and Afraid

Lagardère Studios’s 909 Productions has grabbed the rights of US format Naked and Afraid, which Renegade 83 produces for Discovery Channel in the US. France will be the first international territory to bring in a local adaptation of the adventure format in which one man and one woman are left alone in the wild, naked and […]

ProSiebenSat.1 & Discovery launch OTT service

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications have launched a jointly-owned premium entertainment service in Germany. The streaming initiative brings together nine terrestrial TV channels in Germany including ProSieben, SAT.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx, ProSieben Maxx, SAT.1 Gold and Kabel Eins Doku, together with Discovery’s free to air channels DMAX and TLC. A range of original and premium TV […]

MIPCOM slates – Discovery & A+E

Discovery Networks International Discovery Networks International will look to highlight four new documentaries at its MIPCOM booth this year. The slate will include docs on the human experience. Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the institution and shines a spotlight on the vital role it plays for humanity […]

Hall: BBC must future-proof against US threats

BBC director general Tony Hall has said getting the “strategic relationship” between the UK pubcaster’s international sales and production division right will help “secure the future of British content, at home and around the world”, as the power of US rivals grows. In his autumn statement, Hall once again acknowledged the growing influence of US […]

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