Viacom is “fundamentally investing in pay TV," despite making moves in the subscription video-on-demand and direct-to-consumer markets. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit, Viacom exec Dan Fahy outlined the criteria for going D2C and stressed that the company is not trying to compete with Netflix via news services like MTV Play.
The BBC has announced plans to stream FA Cup football in Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range, marking the UK broadcaster’s latest test using these technologies. The footage will be available via the iPlayer and the trial will be capped of “tens of thousands of people” watching live at a time, due to the high bandwidth required.
Digital entrepreneur Matt Heiman has warned broadcasters to be wary of partnerships they forge with born-digital giants including Amazon and Netflix. At Connected TV World Summit last week, he said: "They want us to each have our own small allotment. You can pretend you are growing by owning three or more, but you are still just a potato farmer and the kingdom can come and say, 'That's my potato farm' and knock you out." ITV and Channel 5 were on stage to give their view on FAANG collaborations.
There is a “clear negative relationship” between Netflix uptake and pay TV growth, according to Ampere Analysis. Presenting at the Connected TV World Summit last week, Ampere Research Director Richard Broughton explored shifting viewing patterns, the age breakdown of OTT viewing and the commissioning power of today's online video giants.
The BBC’s commercial arm and Discovery have agreed to split their UKTV joint venture, a move that will see BBC Studios pay £173m to Discovery to acquire the UKTV brand and the bulk of its channels. The companies said that breaking up their 50-50 ownership of UKTV complements the strategic focus and commercial business of both organisations.
Discovery is due to launch a new natural history streaming service by 2020 after striking a major content partnership with BBC Studios. Discovery will be the exclusive global SVOD partner for BBC landmark natural history programmes globally outside the UK, Ireland and China for 10 years. Shows like Planet Earth and Blue Planet will be a core part of the service.
Deutsche Telekom has pledged to further invest in its Megathek on-demand library as it continues to build up its collection of exclusive content and originals. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London, Joerg Richartz, outlined his strategy for the platform, which is an integral part of Deutsche Telekom's recently relaunched and rebranded MagentaTV offering.
The importance of curation and scheduling and the benefits of partnering with niche verticals were highlighted by Channel 4’s Richard Davidson-Houston at the Connected TV World Summit yesterday. The head of Channel 4’s All 4 service set out a range of thoughts and opinions spanning innovation, brand building, YouTube and virtual reality.
Apple launched its much-anticipated Apple TV+ streaming service at a star-studded event at its Californian headquarters this week. The US tech giant confirmed that its video subscription service will feature a new slate of programming and will appear in a new Apple TV app alongside channels from partners like HBO, Showtime and Starz. The app will notably roll out on a range of non-Apple smart TVs and streaming devices, while the streaming service will debut in the autumn.
The Connies are the awards that recognise innovation and best practice across the media ecosystem. Discovery Winter Olympics, Amazon (as a vertical media company), Sling TV, Amazon Channels and the BBC R&D, with its UHD HDR World Cup live streaming pilot, will battle it out for The Premium TV Award. The top four entries from the ‘Excellence in Analytics & AI for TV & Video’ and ‘ Video Technology Hero’ categories have also been revealed. Find out who is listed for ‘Best User Experience - All Channels & Platforms’, ‘Connected Agency of the Year’ and ‘Connected Media Owner of the Year’.