CCS Insight

RTL exploring ‘all strategic alternatives’ for MCN

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for the company together with minority shareholders. Luxembourg-based RTL has hired boutique investment advisor outfit Liontree to lead the process. An RTL spokesman told […]

Sky brings Ultra HD to Sky Q

Sky is set to launch Ultra HD content on its Sky Q service next month, offering sports, movies, documentaries and dramas in the medium. From August 13, Sky Q Silver customers will be able to access what Sky claims is “the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra HD service”, with 4K sport to be available live and […]

Amazon takes on Netflix with standalone service

Amazon is going head-to-head with streaming rival Netflix by launching its Prime Video as a standalone, pay-monthly service for the first time. In details published to its US site, Amazon revealed that it will now offer Prime Video as a US$8.99 per month subscription video-on-demand offering, as well as included in its broader Amazon Prime […]

CCS Insight: ‘BT to buy ITV by 2018’

BT will buy UK public broadcaster ITV by 2018 in an effort to “broaden its rights position beyond sport”, according to predictions by research firm CCS Insight. In its 2016 predictions report CCS Insight said that by buying ITV, BT would gain a “slew of rights contracts” as well as a terrestrial outlet for some […]