TBI Tech & Analysis: How RTL Group is competing on streaming

US media giants are targeting Europe with their streamers but incumbent operators are making moves of their own. Tim Westcott, senior analyst for research powerhouse (and TBI sibling) Omdia, reveals the state of play at continental giant, RTL Group. Luxembourg-based RTL Group has set the target of “building national streaming champions” in all of the […]

News round-up: Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours; Fox building ‘Lego Masters’ S2; Fremantle gets ‘Tough As Nails’ in format deal

Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours Broadcasters TV4 in Sweden, Ananey in Israel, HRT in Croatia and Nine Network in Australia have collectively acquired more than 500 hours of premium factual content following deals with UK-based indie distributor Orange Smarty. TV4 entered into a two-year, 320-hour agreement for property-search format A Place In The Sun. […]

RTL finds Habets successor in Netherlands

European broadcaster RTL Group has found a successor for Bert Habets at its Dutch operation. With former RTL Nederland chief executive Habets recently upped to co-CEO of the wider RTL business, Sven Sauvé has been promoted. The current Dutch COO will take over as CEO on July 1. He will chair RTL Nederland’s executive management […]

Dutch broadcasters take on Netflix with SVOD service

A new Dutch subscription video-on-demand service, NLziet, has launched, with a range of programmes from local public and commercial broadcasters available for €7.95 (US$10.80) a month. NLziet chief executive Niels Baas said that the service would offer a better range of content than rival SVOD services Netflix and Videoland. The service is available on the […]