Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Verizon to sell YouTube TV
Verizon is to offer YouTube TV to its broadband and mobile customers, with the aim of making it “simple and seamless” to view content from the service. The Verge said it is not known when Verizon will begin selling YouTube TV subscriptions or whether its customers can expect a discount versus just paying for it alone.
UK ignores Huawei 5G concerns
The UK government is set to defy warnings from the US and other allies by allowing Huawei to supply 5G infrastructure equipment, according to the Telegraph. The decision was apparently made during a meeting of the National Security Council, which has prompted calls for an investigation into how the information was leaked.
Apple’s $30m monthly Amazon cloud bill
Apple spends some $30m on Amazon’s cloud every single month in support of its offerings such as iCloud, reported CNBC. According to a CNBC source, Apple signed an agreement that includes a commitment to spend at least $1.5 billion on AWS over the course of five years.
Chinese streaming firm Douyu files for IPO
Douyu, China’s largest streaming platform, filed for an initial public offering in the US of up to $500m. Douyu, which primarily focuses on the live-streaming of games, has exclusive streaming rights to 29 major tournaments in China, including League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and DOTA2, reported Reuters.
Discovery and France TV ink Olympic Games deal
France Télévisions will air coverage of the Olympic Games to 2024 following a deal with Discovery to sub-licence domestic coverage of the sporting event. According to SportsPro, as part of its long-term deal with the International Olympic Committee Discovery is able to market the broadcasts for the Summer and Games through 2024.
Russia’s robotic presenter
Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter modelled on the face of the company’s co-founder. Named Alex, the robot has delivered bulletins for the channel, presenting news items about agriculture, a nuclear technology forum and micro-finance, wrote the BBC.