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What's next in the world of immersive?


From 5G testing to biometrics and social VR, immersive experiences are evolving and advancing. Muki Kulhan rounds up the latest developments and highlights some interesting industry adoptions.

Analyst research review

Analyst review: Facebook, Google face ad revenue losses & SVOD market predictions


IBC365 rounds up pivotal analyst research from across the media and broadcast industry.

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Netflix donates £1m to BFI, Film and TV Charity coronavirus fund


Netflix has donated £1 million to a new fund set up by the BFI and the Film and TV Charity aimed at supporting the creative community during the coronavirus pandemic.


Playing to a captive audience


With most international sporting events delayed or cancelled due to coronavirus, could people turn to esports to get their sporting fix? Adrian Pennington investigates.


RTL snags stake in streaming platform Bedrock


RTL Group is pushing into streaming, taking a 50% stake in SVOD technology platform Bedrock as it forecasts major growth across its German and Dutch online streaming services.

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The cost of the coronavirus


As coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the financial impact is being felt by the media and tech sector through event cancellations, abrupt drops in ad revenue, share price falls, and disruption to production schedules.

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Industry moves: Disney, Endemol Shine and Discovery


IBC365’s update on new company appointments, resignations and restructures across the content and broadcast industry.

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Film studios back Oracle in legal coding battle with Google


Members of The Motion Picture Association, excluding Netflix, have backed Oracle in a Supreme Court hearing in the US over a computer code dispute.

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Wilder vs Fury II: Fight night set to KO PPV records


Boxing heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set for a championship clash in Las Vegas this weekend. But the real winners could be the broadcasters set to air the epic rematch, writes Ross Biddiscombe.

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Technicolor unveils new financial strategy


Technicolor has unveiled a new strategic plan that aims to see the company boost its capital structure and strategic flexibility between 2020 and 2022.

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IABM opens up entries for NAB BaM Awards


IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology suppliers, is calling for entries for the 2020 NAB Show Las Vegas BaM Awards.

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ProSiebenSat.1 co-CEO exits entertainment post


Michaela Tod is stepping down from her role as co-chief executive of ProSiebenSat.1′s entertainment division after one year with the German broadcaster.

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NENT strikes football rights deals including UHD Bundesliga


Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has announced several wins for key football rights including the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League.

Digital digest index

Disney+ activates in UK & WarnerMedia and HBO Max announce Warner Max


3-7 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

Digital digest index

Apple earnings & Disney invests in live production with Secret Cinema


27-31 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Will the 2020s be the AVOD decade?


While the 2010s were undoubtedly the decade of SVOD streamers, some believe that AVOD services will the big story of the 2020s. Tim Dams reports.

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TikTok adds Verizon veteran to head EMEA business


Verizon Media VP EMEA and Latam Stuart Flint is set to join growing social media platform TikTok in an unspecified role.

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China dominates global esports consumption


Nordic countries top Europe and Western markets with one in four internet users choosing esports games over other media, according to research from Ampere Analysis.

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M&A to top the media and entertainment agenda in 2020


Mergers and acquisitions will be a top focus for M&E executives this year, according to a new report.

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Conservatives and Labour pledge free over-75 licence fees ahead of election


The UK’s two largest political parties have vowed to save free TV licences for all over-75s ahead of the upcoming UK general election.

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Ad management: Broadcast stability versus online chaos


Workflows for TV ads are a model of consistency compared to the wild west of digital, and the approach of traditional TV has a lot to teach the ‘new media’ of online video.


Understanding the effect of content type on the value of OTT audiences

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By F. M. Conner

In this paper, Vimeo discusses the ways in which content variation affects key aspects of OTT, including subscriber monetisation, viewership, and content management.

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New Zealand Rugby takes 5% stake in Sky NZ in “revolutionary” rights deal


A landmark sports rights deal will see New Zealand Rugby take a 5% stake in Sky New Zealand in exchange for the rights to show All Blacks matches for the next five years.

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Reach and relevance drives revenue


Audience loyalty has been the success to the longevity of Refinery29’s global reach; international president Kate Ward tells IBC365 about the triumphs of growing a digital brand beyond audience eyeballs.

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Recruit with neurodiversity in mind, says Microsoft


IBC2019: Diversity of thought in the media and tech fields is becoming increasingly valued according to Monday’s session on neurodiversity – but employers need to reassess their work practices if they want to benefit.

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Content marketing: Authenticity is key


IBC2019: A supermarket retailer who released its own take on the BLT sandwich ahead of London’s Gay Pride weekend (the LGBLT) was used as an example of how not to market content to consumers during Sunday Morning’s Business of Marketing Content session.

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On demand faces disruption as platforms bid to convert customers from AVoD to SVoD

2019-09-15T13:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: The pace of the OTT market is set to increase over the next few years with companies such as Amazon TV, Disney and Apple TV best placed to win out.

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Interview: Marion Ranchet, Roku


The ability of aggregated TV services to target specific audiences and measure their response combines the beauty of TV with the brains of digital, says Roku’s Marion Ranchet.

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The keys to success in a digital age

2019-09-13T14:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2019: Senior figures from some of the world’s leading digital content brands have outlined some of the key features of media brands that will make them successful in the future.

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Sharpening AI for profit in the Brazilian market

2019-09-12T11:00:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

In charge of analytics for Brazil’s huge TV Globo, Carlos Octavio wades into rivers of data while striving to transform a corporate culture.

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Interview: Michael Nathanson


Top US equity analyst Michael Nathanson says ageing TV audiences and the flight of youth audiences to streaming platforms means broadcasters have to “look inward” to compete.

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US and France agree deal on digital tax


Silicon Valley technology giants will face taxation after the US and French Presidents struck a deal during the G7 Summit.

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AI has been overhyped, but offers good opportunities


Artificial intelligence has often overpromised, but now the technology is becoming vital to the media and telco spaces, according to Orange’s Patrice Slupowski.

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YouTube to stop targeting video ads to children


YouTube is in the final stages of implementing plans to end “targeted” advertisements on video for children, according to reports.

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Come together


Collaborating with rivals to offer global streaming services with local content as well as creating global communities of people who share the same passions is all part of Discovery’s game plan, says Kasia Kieli, EMEA president & managing director, Discovery.

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The greatest era yet for the video industry?

2019-08-19T14:27:00+01:00Brought to you by

The insatiable appetite for video means there has quite simply never been a better time to be in the video industry, says Accedo head of marketing, solutions and innovation Luke Gaydon.

Digital digest index

Facebook ‘preparing’ to launch news section & Huawei reveals 5G-powered cloud


12 - 16 Aug: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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IBC launches IBC Daily website


IBC has added to its comprehensive coverage of the media, entertainment and technology industry with the launch of an IBC Daily-dedicated website.

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CBS and Viacom merge to challenge Disney and Netflix


Leading US entertainment companies CBS and Viacom are set to merge after three years of discussions with the new firm valued at $30 billion.

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Fox pushes D2C strategy with $265M acquisition of Credible Labs


Fox Corporation has unveiled plans to buy a 67% stake in leading consumer finance firm Credible Labs, as part of the American TV broadcasting company’s digital strategy.

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Leader acquires test and measurement firm Phabrix


Leader Electronics has acquired Phabrix, a manufacturer of video and audio broadcast test and measurement instruments.

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Driving innovation in server-side ad insertion

2019-07-29T08:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

Achieving scale and data security with SSAI will be high on the agenda for leading broadcasters, writes Yospace Founder & CTO David Springall.

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SoftBank unveils $108bn tech investment fund


SoftBank Group has launched a second investment fund as it looks to back further development of market-leading, tech-enabled growth companies.

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The relationship between insight and advertising

2019-07-16T11:36:00+01:00Brought to you by

Data insight is the key tool for delivering addressable advertising, writes Synamedia product manager Adam Davies.

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Dalet snaps up Ooyala’s OTT workflow unit


Dalet is to acquire the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business as it looks to bolster its SaaS-based services offering and sign up customers in new sectors.

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BAT vs FAANG: The battle for digital dominance

2018-08-21T10:45:00+01:00By Andy Fry

Can China’s fast-growing and deep-pocketed BAT – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – compete effectively in the international arena with the likes of FAANG – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google?

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The innovative tech embraced by ad creatives

2018-07-03T07:31:00+01:00By Andy Fry

This year’s Cannes Lions showcased how creatives the world over are putting new technology – like AI, blockchain, VR, voice and facial recognition - to highly imaginative uses.

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Blog: Cyber security & the Metaverse


While ‘The New Realities’ - augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) - are posed to play a significant role in our future, they also open up new concerns about cyber security, says futurist Amelia Kallman.

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CES highlights: 5G, audience engagement and AI-led personalisation


IBC365 contributor Amelia Kallman is at CES in Las Vegas to look at the latest consumer tech and the effect that it will have on the media and entertainment industry.

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CES day 2 round-up: Audience engagement and voice activation


Despite a power outage temporarily halting proceedings at CES, discussions about audience engagement and voice activation continued at the Las Vegas tech fest.

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IBC launches Startup Forum to aid fledgling digital firms


Innovative startups will be given the opportunity to meet with venture capitalists and investors at IBC2017 as part of a new initiative at this year’s show.