Disney has unveiled its forthcoming Disney+ service, confirming pricing, launch date and rollout plans. The streaming service is due to go live in the US in November and will be available globally in the following two years. It will be home to some 7,500 TV episodes and 500 films, including more than 25 original series and 10 original films in its first year.
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.
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’.
The average US consumer now subscribes to three paid streaming video services, according to Deloitte’s latest Digital Media Trends Survey. For the first time, the research found that more viewers have a subscription video service than a pay TV subscription, while 43% of respondents said they subscribe to both streaming services and traditional TV.
Viacom President James Currell has outlined the company's focus on building scale in ad-supported streaming, claiming that the global SVOD sector is becoming too “crowded” and “capital intensive”. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention Currell said that while there is still scope for Viacom to make more selective plays in the premium market, these will likely be in line with the emergence of more specialist streaming services.
BBC Chairman David Clementi used his speech at this week's Oxford Media Convention to raise questions about whether regulation devised in the linear era is fit for today's digital world. Urging regulators not to disadvantage public service broadcasters against global competitors like Netflix and YouTube, he stressed the urgency of the BBC's plans to revamp the iPlayer, complaining Ofcom has slowed the BBC down at a time when speed is of the essence.
Sky and Comcast are already seeing clear benefits from their combination, according to Sky boss Jeremy Darroch. Speaking at Media and Telecoms 2019 and Beyond this week, Darroch said that Comcast's voice interface is coming to Sky Q and that NBCUniversal's 2020 AVOD service will be powered by Now TV's technology. He also spoke out about the 'dark side' of social media and called for more regulation of the tech giants.
Viacom has agreed to buy Pluto TV, the free, ad-supported streaming television service with 12 million active monthly users. It gives Viacom a bigger presence on connected platforms and a new DTC outlet for some of its content. The Pluto TV subsidiary will help Viacom grow its advanced advertising business and creates a new opportunity to monetise library titles. Pay TV partnerships are unaffected, as Viacom continues its strategy to work with operators and seek incremental business via digital.