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CCS Insight: ‘BT to buy ITV by 2018’

BT will buy UK public broadcaster ITV by 2018 in an effort to “broaden its rights position beyond sport”, according to predictions by research firm CCS Insight. In its 2016 predictions report CCS Insight said that by buying ITV, BT would gain a “slew of rights contracts” as well as a terrestrial outlet for some […]

YouTube launches ad-free Red subscription service

YouTube has unveiled YouTube Red, a new pay-monthly offering that lets viewers access an ad-free version of the service and watch videos offline on phones and tablets. The US$9.99 per-month offering also lets users play videos in the background on mobile devices and launches in the US next week. YouTube Red subscriptions apply to the […]

Mediaset and Google resolve YouTube row

After eight years of litigation over copyright material being made available on YouTube, Italian broadcaster Mediaset and Google have finalised an agreement to collaborate. The deal will see Mediaset and Google develop a joint strategy to protect content rights, while Mediaset will also develop its digital presence by making content available on YouTube. Mediaset filed […]

YouTube gears up for subscription launch

YouTube is reportedly gearing up to launch its much-speculated about subscription service in the US, after prompting content owners to agree to new site licensing terms. According to a letter to YouTube content creators, which was published in full by tech site Re/code, Google-owned YouTube is planning to roll out an ad-free version of the […]

Turner poaches Studio 100 exec for CEE

Turner Broadcasting System has poached a Studio 100 Media executive to become its programming director of entertainment for the central and eastern Europe region. Alexander Goethal (pictured) will oversee acquisitions, linear and non-linear programming and dubbing for Turner entertainment channels TNT Series, TNT Film and TNT Glitz in German-speaking territories, as well as TNT in […]

Awesomeness starts on YouTube film

Digital kids content specialist Awesomeness has started production on Dance Camp, a new feature film that will be released on YouTube. The movie will be the first to come out a recent deal between DreamWorks-owned Awesomeness and Google-owned YouTube. The song and dance film will be produced by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3-D) and […]

YouTube reach passes cable

The time people spent watching video on YouTube increased 60% year-on-year in Q2, with the site’s reach surpassing that of cable TV for viewers under 50, according to Google. Announcing its second quarter earnings results, the search giant said that watch-time on YouTube saw its fastest rate of growth in two years. On mobile devices […]

Canadian SVOD service adds Chromecast

Canadian SVOD service CraveTV has added Chromecast support, meaning its subs can now access the streaming service via the Google dongle. CraveTV is run by Bell the telco that also owns broadcaster CTV, which added Chromecast compatibility earlier this year. In a competitive Canadian SVOD scene, CraveTV becomes the first to add Chromecast support. It […]

Liberty boss calls for ‘scale’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has called for “scale in the cable industry” in order for cable firms to compete with digital giants like Google and Netflix. Speaking in a video interview with CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Fries said he believed major deals like the planned mergers between Comcast Communications […]

Vevo begins CEO search as Caraeff exits

Online music channel operator Vevo is searching for a new CEO following the announcement current incumbent Rio Caraeff is exiting at the end of the year. Vevo’s board of directors has retained a search firm to conduct the hunt for a new chief executive. CFO Alan Price will become acting CEO on January 1, 2015, […]