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Netflix suffers tough Q2 results as content worries loom


Netflix saw its US subscriber numbers fall for the first time – James Pearce asks if there is a rocky road ahead for the streaming giant.

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Piracy to cost $9.1bn in US OTT revenue in 2019


OTT and pay-TV companies will lose out in around $9.1 billion of revenue due to piracy and account sharing in 2019 alone, according to a report from Parks Associates.

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Snapchat launches ‘Creator Shows’ with ad-revenue deal


Celebrities and influencers such as Serena Williams and Arnold Schwarzenegger will begin airing short-form programmes on Snapchat in a move to extend audience engagement ad monetise video content.


WarnerMedia confirms D2C HBO Max service


HBO has unveiled its new direct-to-consumer streaming service, which will be launched in 2020 and is set to offer legacy favourites and original content.

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Amazon and Google reach truce over SVOD platforms


Amazon and Google have ended a long-running dispute that limited access to each other’s on-demand services on their respective TV platforms.

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Netflix partners with Microsoft celebrating Stranger Things 3


Microsoft has launched a special edition of Windows 1.0 PC app in-line with Netflix’s season three premiere of Stranger Things bringing fans back to 1985.

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African football bosses call out BeoutQ on piracy


BeoutQ has been condemned by the Confédération Africaine de Football for illegally broadcasting every group phase of the African Cup of Nations.

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Cartoon Network launches pop-up channels in Asia


Turner’s Cartoon Network has launched two pop-up kids channels as part of an innovative trial in partnership with Globecast.

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YouTube dominates viewing figures, but catch up services on the rise


Netflix and Amazon Prime are continuing to see growth in viewing figures globally, while Facebook and YouTube has seen a fall in usage, according to Ampere Analysis.

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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo give trade war warning ahead of tariff hike


Donald Trump’s trade war with China could drive up costs on consumer electronics and negatively impact the gaming and content industry.

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The role of voice in content discovery


Voice is becoming an increasingly important part of content discovery, but can it ever replace the remote control? Ann-Marie Corvin investigates.

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NBC pulls The Office from Netflix in favour of own streaming service


The US version of The Office will be pulled from Netflix 2021 – as NBC makes its own upcoming streaming platform the exclusive home of the popular sitcom.

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IBC addresses new era of media


IBC2019: Industry experts and thought leaders will gather at the annual IBC Show to address the biggest opportunities and challenges faced by the industry.

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Amazon unveils Dolby Vision-equipped 4K TV


Amazon has launched its first Fire TV Edition TV with support for Dolby Vision.

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Planet-scale AR in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite


Niantic says Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will bring unprecedented scale to AR gaming. It could also provide a glimpse into the future of entertainment.

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BBC abolishes free TV licences for over-75s


Almost four million UK pensioners will have to pay for a TV licence as of June next year after the government-funded scheme was confirmed to end today.

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Microsoft unveils 8K Xbox


Microsoft has announced its next-generation gaming console will support 8K resolution playback and allow 120 frames per second.

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BBC unveils Glastonbury 2019 broadcast line-up


The BBC has revealed its broadcast plans for this year’s Glastonbury festival, confirming that viewers and listeners will be able to experience extensive coverage through BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

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Disney+ predicted to take on Netflix and Amazon


The Disney+ streaming service is expected to add 19.2 million subscribers in Western Europe by 2024, driving the next OTT boom, according to Digital TV Research.