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BBC to provide free DAB radios to over-70s


The BBC has teamed with manufacturers, retailers and charities to provide free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70 during the coronavirus.

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Netflix temporary outage & Fox Sports broadcasts NASCAR esports


23-29 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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ITV slashes programme budget by £100M+ and relaunches mental health campaign


UK broadcaster ITV has announced its plans to cut its programming budget by at least £100 million as it aims to manage the impact of coronavirus on suspended productions.

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Disney+ delays French launch and agrees to bandwidth reduction


Disney has delayed the launch of its new streaming service in France and will cut bandwidth utilisation in other European countries when it launches tomorrow.

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Virgin Media inks cinema deal with NBCUniversal for home viewing


UK telco Virgin Media has secured a first of its kind deal with NBCUniversal to offer its customers access to the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.


Eurovision 2020 cancelled by “heartbroken” EBU


The European Broadcasting Union has officially announced the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam due to the uncertainty created by the spread of Covid-19.


Earnings review: Broadcasters and telcos reveal downturn across the board


IBC365 recounts the standout company results in the media and broadcast industry.

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Coronavirus isolation to spike streaming by 60%, according to Nielsen


Online media streaming is forecasted to rise during the current Covid-19 crisis which is forcing the public in many countries to self-isolate.

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Canal+ offers free premium access during coronavirus lockdown


French pay TV provider Canal+ has said it will make its service free during France’s country-wide coronavirus lockdown.


Discovery to launch Dplay in MENA with Starzplay


Discovery’s OTT streaming service Dplay will now be available to customers throughout the MENA region as the company has announced a new partnership with Starzplay, the Dubai-based SVOD service.

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Pluto TV grows LATAM partnerships with 55+ deals


BBC Studios and Endemol Shine Group are among 55 media and content providers that have partnered with Pluto TV ahead of its expansion into Latin America.

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M&A review: Grass Valley’s surprise acquisition, Comcast’s AVOD streamer purchase


IBC365 looks back at some of the notable mergers and acquisitions of the past month within the media and technology industry.

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Rise diversifies globally to support women working in M+E


Gender diversity membership organisation Rise has announced its expansion into North America and APAC as well as the appointment of four new board members.

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Barb teams up with IPA TouchPoints to tap audience behaviour


Broadcast Audience Research Board (BARB) has launched an integrated partnership with IPA TouchPoints, the organisation behind the cross-media-device database, to help its clients to understand more about its viewers.

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Disney+ strikes distribution deals in Italy and Spain


The Walt Disney Company’s answer to Netflix is going global with its European launch set for later this month amid a series of exclusive multi-year distribution agreements.


GroupM launches addressable TV service in Canada


WPP’s media investment arm GroupM has announced the Canadian launch of Finecast, an addressable TV service enabling advertisers to target audiences in connected TV environments.

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Elon Musk at Satellite 2020 | SXSW cancelled | Formula 1 starts


9 – 13 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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AT&T launches online service to counter satellite subs drop


The new dedicated internet-delivered TV service will launch today by AT&T as it moves to counter its declining revenues and customers for its satellite business.

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Discovery nabs Hulu’s Lisa Holme to head streaming strategy


Hulu veteran Lisa Holme has joined Discovery in a newly created role to oversee content and commercial strategy.

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Doubling down at Dplay and wrangling the beast


From founding an OTT startup to strategic monetisation and localising content, SVP digital and general manager at Discovery’s Dplay Winradit Kolasastraseni tells IBC365 that content is king but customer experience is a top priority.