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TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with Covid-19

It might feel like you’ve been stuck indoors for months but for most readers outside of Asia, this week has been the first in which the deep impact of Covid-19 has truly started to be felt. So what have we learnt so far? M&A is on hold Whereas the impact of the 2008 credit crunch […]

AVOD poses “existential threat” to broadcast, says Endemol Shine sales boss

AVOD companies such as Tubi, Roku and Pluto TV pose an “existential threat” to the future of traditional broadcasters, according to Endemol Shine International sales boss Matt Creasey. Ad-supported streamers have rapidly emerged as a key partner for major distributors over the past 12 months, with companies such as Endemol Shine able to effectively monetise […]

Viacom’s Pluto TV grows monthly active users to 20m

Viacom’s Pluto TV has grown its monthly active users to around 20m – a growth of nearly 70% this calendar year. In a Q4 earnings call, Viacom boss Bob Bakish said the business’s “focus on an investment” in the AVOD platform was evident, with 43 new channels launched this past quarter, including 24 Viacom-branded channels. […]