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Amazon & ITV team ‘but SVOD model ending’

A veteran British producer has warned cosy coproduction arrangements between American SVOD services and UK broadcasters will soon end, comments that come as Amazon Prime Video snaps up rights to a new ITV drama. Sister Pictures founder and former Shine UK chairman Jane Featherstone (pictured) used her BAFTA Television Lecture in London on Monday to […]

YouTube living room viewing ‘up 70% in a year’

Viewers now watch more than 100 million hours of YouTube in the living room every day, up 70% compared to last year, according to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Speaking on the Google parent company’s third quarter earnings call, Pichai said that YouTube users spend an average of 60 minutes a day on mobile – but […]

Digital giants: the content wars begin

Netflix and Amazon’s content investments have rocked the television business to its foundations, but can the real titans of tech – Facebook, Apple and their kin – usurp them and win the war for audiences of the future? TBI reports Twenty-eighteen will provide the backdrop to an onslaught into the international content business. While Netflix […]

Discovery partners with Google on VR series

Discovery Communications and Google have partnered on a new immersive series called Discovery TRVLR. The 38-espisode, 360-degree series is designed to give viewers a glimpse of the lives of “fascinating locals in every corner of the globe”. Discovery said in a statement that TRVLR explores “mind-blowing rituals, obscure traditions and life-threatening quests” from around the […]

Google surges despite YouTube ad controversy

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, reported large growth in both revenues and profits, driven by gains in its core advertising business. The results showed little signs of impact from YouTube’s recent ad controversy, which saw some advertisers pull budget away from the site after it was revealed that, in some instances, they appeared alongside extreme or […]

BBC and Google team for Earth

Google will have a raft of BBC content on its relaunched Google Earth service. The internet giant is refreshing its maps and mapping service, Earth, and has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. From today, Google Earth will have BBC footage from what Worldwide calls its Natural Treasures […]

YouTube channels streaming launches

YouTube’s television streaming service, YouTube TV, has gone live in the biggest US metro areas, with more US American markets to be added soon. The service, which YouTube announced at the beginning of March, launched yesterday in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. YouTube TV gives users access to some […]

YouTube launches live TV streaming service

YouTube has unveiled details of its much-anticipated television streaming service, describing it as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation”. YouTube TV is set to go live “soon” in the US with a line-up of more than 40 channels, including the biggest US broadcast networks. The service will be available across devices, includes a cloud […]

YouTube viewers watch 1bn hours a day

YouTube viewers are now watching a billion hours of content a day on the Google-owned video service, according to company stats. Announcing the milestone, YouTube said that around the world people are spending a billion hours each day “rewarding their curiosity, discovering great music, keeping up with the news, connecting with their favourite personalities, or […]

Google & Bing step up in copyright fight

Various UK rights associations have partnered with search engines Google and Bing in a government-backed attempt to crack down on internet piracy. The UK initiative will see sites dedicated to copyright-infringing content demoted in internet search results, while sites offering legal content will be easily accessible. The new voluntary code of practice was agreed between […]