Simplestream 6 - Fox ceases UK Broadcasts, favouring OTT

May 21, 2021

Fox to cease UK broadcasts

The UK is to become the latest market where Fox Channel will close in favour of streaming service Disney+.

US consumers no longer tolerating high TV costs

The Covid-19 pandemic surged TV viewership across the country. With the majority of Americans confined to their homes, 5.4 trillion minutes of streaming and cable television were consumed in 2020.

76% say tech has positive impact on TV sport

Instant replays, slow motion and the ability to rewind live TV are fans’ favourite innovations in sports broadcast, according to research commissioned by BT Sport.

HBO Max confirms $9.99 AVoD

HBO Max announced at the 2021 WarnerMedia Upfront that it will debut its ad-supported subscription tier the first week of June, providing consumers choice between the existing ad-free version of HBO Max at $14.99 (€12.30) per month, or an ad-supported experience for $9.99 per month.

TV landscape moving towards digital ads

Last year, the media industry was strongly hit by the economic crisis following the outbreak of the pandemic. Revenues from TV advertising in Europe, which were already reaching a stagnation point in most advanced markets, decreased significantly due to advertisers retracting their campaigns and to reluctance in investing in marketing during lockdown measures and following the market recession, reports Dataxis.

UK creatives call for transparent PSB discussions

Some 120 public figures, including many from the UK film and TV industries, have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, complaining that a government panel on the future of public service broadcasting meets in secret, with no undertaking to publish its final report.