Simplestream 6 - Warner Bros: All 2021 movies on HBO Max same day as cinema

December 4, 2020

Simplestream 6 - Warner Bros: All 2021 movies on HBO Max same day as cinema

Like the ghost of Christmas past Simplestream 6, the weekly round off of all the goings on in the broadcast world by Simplestream, is back. And like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it’s back with some burning hot news!


1.    Sony’s POP Player on Freeview Play

OTT services provider Simplestream has extended the reach of Sony’s POPPlayer to UK connected TV platform Freeview Play, enabling children and families across the UK to watch their favourite POP, Tiny Pop and POP Max shows on-demand, whenever they want.


2.    Warner Bros: All 2021 movies on HBO Max same day as cinema

Warner Bros Pictures Group has announced that it is “committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model”in which the studio will continue to exhibit its movies theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the US concurrent with the film’s domestic release.


3.    More US consumers shifting to SVoD

Since the onset of the pandemic, 71 per cent of US consumers say they have increased their use of paid streaming services. The findings come from anew TransUnion survey administered in November – a follow up to a May survey which found 56 per cent of consumers had increased their usage since the pandemic began in March.


4.    72% publishers say video drives higher revenues

Research commissioned by global digital media company, Dugout, finds over two-thirds of publishers (72 per cent) say video advertising can drive higher revenues for their business compared to other formats and channels, and 87 percent say it improves user experience. The research investigates where publishers and advertisers see opportunities for video advertising and explores the challenges to overcome to capitalise on these growth areas.


5.    Three UK continues 5G rollout

Mobile telco Three UK is continuing the rollout of its 5G network with the launch of its first Ericsson 5G sites which are now live for its customers in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.


6.    Global ad revenues slump 10.2%

TheWorld Advertising Research Centre (WARC) in its latest report says that theCovid-19 pandemic has slashed about $63 billion (€52.6bn) from 2020’s ad-spend.WARC says there will be a 10.2 per cent fall in 2020 to about $557.3 billion.