Game of Thrones


In-demand chart: Hungary (December 3-9, 2017)

Stranger Things continues to dominate in Europe, coming up top in Hungary for both of the territory’s latest digital and overall lists, which TBI and Parrot publish twice a month. Eleven’s comeback in October has left an impression, as demand continues toward the end of the year. Stranger Things came up in first place for […]

Pay TV and OTT: when two tribes go to watch

Pay TV operators can defend their revenues and continue to grow, but they need to tap into the growing demand for SVOD and cater to the tastes of ‘content connoisseurs’ – one of five ‘TV tribes’ that marketers must now address – according to research by Ampere Analysis for TV technology outfit Nagra. Despite growth […]

Walking Dead ‘could last 50 years’ – AMC chief

The Walking Dead could be around for 50 years if AMC chief executive Josh Sapan gets his way. The exec told analysts on an earnings call that the series, which remains the biggest scripted series by ratings on TV despite a poor season eight opener by its own standards, had the “franchise” potential to run […]

HBO bags BBC’s Kit Harrington miniseries

US premium cabler HBO has acquired exclusive US rights to Gunpowder, the BBC’s three-part Kit Harrington thriller drama. The show, based on 17th century events that saw Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the British parliament, will debut on HBO in December. Gunpowder, from Thriker Films and Endemol Shine UK’s Kudos, launched in the UK […]

In-demand chart: Netherlands (October 23-29, 2017)

Our latest chart throws up a surprise, considering the amount of marketing, social media posts and office chatter around Stranger Things: the Netherlands still prefers Game of Thrones. The HBO fantasy epic pipped its rival to top overall spot last week, with its 3.1 million average demand expressions just out-scoring the 3.03 million Stranger Things […]

Game of Thrones fever drives Time Warner growth

The stunning viewing figures for Game of Thrones have pushed Time Warner and its subsidiary, HBO, to significant subscription growth. Premium cable network HBO saw its subscription revenues rise 13% year-on-year, its highest quarterly growth in 13 years. Revenues for the three months to September 30 at HBO were US$1.6 billion, up on the US$1.43 […]

Apple to shy away from nudity in upcoming originals

Apple is set to stay away from nudity, violence and foul language in its upcoming originals, it has been reported. Bloomberg has reported that a dozen people involved in projects and execs from the company have confirmed that Apple shows will aim to serve a “broad audience” and stay away from stylistically edgy shows such […]

Fighting the pirates

Illegal downloads and streams are directly impacting the TV business, but how far are they changing the distribution models of tomorrow, and what can be done to stop the flow? Robert Shepherd reports The global TV industry has always faced major challenges. Whether it was uncertainty surrounding digital switchover, the ongoing lack of diversity on […]

Game of Thrones leads to record Sky audience

Sky recorded record entertainment audiences in its fiscal first quarter and grew its customer numbers by 51% year-on-year, helped by the launch of season seven of Game of Thrones. Announcing group results for the three months ending September 30, Sky said that it added 160,000 new customers – 90,000 in Germany and Austria, and 70,000 […]

In-demand chart: Europe (Sept 25–Oct 1, 2017)

Star Trek: Discovery has made waves in Europe, coming up top rated across all seven of the countries reviewed in our pre-MIPCOM In-demand special, after launching in the US on CBS All Access and Netflix elsewhere in September. As the first series developed specifically for CBS’s SVOD service, the new Star Trek has gained CBS record […]