TBI Tech & Analysis: Picking apart Western Europe’s pay-TV & OTT markets

Western Europe’s pay-TV and OTT operators secured more than 300 million subscribers in 2021, with streaming fuelling a year-on-year uptick of 26 million customers overall. However, that only tells part of the story, as Omdia’s Rob Moyser, Tony Gunnarsson, Matt Evenson & Max Signorelli explain. Subscribers in Western Europe have been a key target for […]

Sky eyes extended HBO pact, unveils raft of comedy shorts

Sky expects to continue to work with HBO despite owner Warner Bros. Discovery’s planned roll-out of its new streamer in Europe, while the pay TV operator has also unveiled a raft of comedy shorts.  Sky has held a rich output deal with HBO for more than a decade, providing it with hit programming, including the recent […]

Apple TV+, BBCS, Disney & ITVS link on Equity’s workplace guidelines

Apple TV+, the BBC, Disney and ITV Studios (ITVS) are among a swathe of companies to have signed up to a new commitment aimed at cutting out bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour in TV. The statement comes via UK union Equity and brings together 21 major organisations in the TV industry, both in the UK […]

Sky drama ‘This England’ sells into 88 territories, incl Oz, Spain & Nordics

BBC First in Australia, Movistar+ in Spain and Viaplay are among buyers in almost 90 countries to have picked up This England, the Michael Winterbottom-penned drama starring Kenneth Branagh as UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The drama will debut across Sky’s European territories on 21 September and will now also be available via M-Net in […]

Sky orders first commissions of scale from creator with Down Syndrome

Sky said it has become the first major UK broadcaster to commission projects of scale, written and directed by a person with Down Syndrome. The pay-TV giant has ordered two titles from writer and director Otto Baxter, who has Down Syndrome – The Puppet Asylum, a horror short, which has recently wrapped production, and its […]

Noel Clarke discusses ‘modern McCarthyism’ around sexual harassment allegations

UK actor and director Noel Clarke has spoken out for the first time since the London Metropolitan Police confirmed it would not be investigating him further over allegations of sexual harassment. The police confirmed in March it would not be extending its inquiry into the allegations made against the Bulletproof star, which were first made in UK […]

Exclusive: Comcast & Paramount seek SkyShowtime head of content

Comcast and Paramount’s soon-to-launch streamer SkyShowtime is on the look-out for a head of content with a remit that will rival some of the biggest roles in Europe, TBI has learned. SkyShowtime was first revealed in mid-2021 and will offer TV, movies and original series from NBCUniversal (NBCU), Sky and Paramount to subscribers in 20 countries […]