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Audience Network’s programming head exits

The Audience Network’s programming head Chris Long has left the company after near two decades. Long said he is leaving the AT&T-owned US channel to “pass the baton after pioneering one the most unique TV networks on the landscape today and move on to a new challenge”. “For the past 18 years I’ve felt an […]

Verizon buying rights for OTT streaming TV service

US telco Verizon is the process of securing rights to launch its own OTT TV streaming service, according to press reports. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, the US service provider plans to launch a service with live TV channels this summer that will be separate from its existing Go90 on-demand service and its FiOS […]

Time Warner shareholders welcome AT&T deal

Time Warner’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US telco AT&T’s US$85.4 billion takeover of the company. The vote described the deal as a merger, with 78% of outstanding common stock share votes made in favour of the agreement, and of the overall shares 99% were cast in favour of the proposal. However, the key hurdle for […]

Time Warner shareholders welcome AT&T deal

Time Warner’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US telco AT&T’s US$85.4 billion takeover of the company. The vote described the deal as a merger, with 78% of outstanding common stock share votes made in favour of the agreement, and of the overall shares 99% were cast in favour of the proposal. However, the key hurdle for […]

Starz rolls out on DirecTV streaming service

Starz has inked a deal with AT&T’s DirecTV that will see its channels launch on the pay TV platform’s streaming service. Lionsgate-owned Starz has been aggressively expanding its TV Everywhere and streaming footprint in the US and the new agreement will see the Starz and Starz Encore services launch on DirecTV Now. The channels will […]

Virgin squares Full Circle with exclusive deal

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has acquired three seasons of US drama Full Circle. The exclusive agreement means Virgin has taken rights to DirecTV-commissioned Full Circle: Los Angeles (season one of the trilogy), Full Circle: Chicago (S2) and Full Circle: Miami (S3). Virgin has been pushing into exclusive content in order to differentiate against […]

Record US multichannel TV losses in 2016

The first nine months of 2016 have seen the biggest ever drop in US multichannel TV customers, according to new research by SNL Kagan. The combined US cable, broadcast satellite and telco TV sectors lost 430,000 video customers year-on-year in Q3 – a drop that was “slightly worse year-over-year”. Meanwhile, a year-to-date decline of 1.3million […]

Telcos are ‘taking over pay TV’

Telecoms companies will account for over half of all pay TV subscriptions in Western Europe and Lat-Am within five years, according to new research. Research house Ovum forecasts that over a quarter of all global pay TV subs will be through telcos, with additions largely going to be driven by organic expansion of IPTV services. […]

AT&T strikes multi-platform deal with HBO

AT&T has reached a multi-year deal with HBO to offer the latter’s content across all its platforms, including its forthcoming DirecTV Now streaming service. The agreement marks a renewal of HBO’s existing contract with AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse services and will make all HBO and Cinemax content available on DirecTV Now, which is due to […]

AT&T net prepares diamond trader drama

US channel AT&T Audience Network has commissioned a ten-part drama from Entertainment One and Fuqua Films about downtown LA diamond traders. Ice will be a “high-impact, serlialised crime drama” that follows a family as they “plunge into the underbelly of the Los Angeles diamond trade”, with one man forced to bail out his brother after […]

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