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DirecTV adds 323K subs in Q3

Major Businesses Michelle Clancy 25-10-2016
DirectTV 10 Aug minAlthough not the biggest announcement the company has made this week, AT&T has revealed that its DirecTV platform has added 323,000 subscribers in its third quarter.

Record first half of 2016 drives UK ad spend to £10BN

Ad Tech Editor 25-10-2016
Despite economic uncertainty before the EU referendum, the UK’s advertising market grew 0.4 percentage points ahead of forecast for the first six months of the year, according to a survey by the Advertising Association/Warc.

English football celebrates new deal for premium cup competition

Major Businesses Editor 25-10-2016
The board of the governing body of English football, the FA, has closed what it calls a ‘hugely significant’ overseas broadcast rights deal that it claims will ensure the FA Cup as the greatest domestic cup competition.

TV business juices Orange third quarter revenue growth

Major Businesses Editor 25-10-2016
French communications giant Orange is claiming solid commercial performance Q3 2016, with accelerated growth in revenue and EBITDA, driven by very high-speed broadband and TV/comms convergence.

Encompass partners with BFI for film delivery to iQiyi

VOD Michelle Clancy 25-10-2016
Encompass Digital Media is partnering with the British Film Institute to process and distribute film assets to China’s iQiyi, a native subscription video on-demand (SVOD) platform.

Turner to launch documentary retrospective

Programming Michelle Clancy 25-10-2016
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will look at the influential history of non-fiction films in To Tell the Truth, a month-long programming special.

Vudu unveils ad-supported premium video service

OTT Michelle Clancy 25-10-2016
Walmart’s subscription-free, premium video streaming service, Vudu, has introduced Vudu Movies on Us.

DirecTV Sports hoops exclusive NBA rights for LATAM

Programming Gabriel Miramar-Garcia 25-10-2016
DirecTV Sports will broadcast 120 exclusive games of the 2016-2017 NBA basketball season throughout Latin America.

NBCUniversal doubles BuzzFeed investment

Media Investment Michelle Clancy 25-10-2016
US content giant NBCUniversal has ploughed another $200 million into millennial media darling BuzzFeed, valuing the viral specialist at about $1.7 billion.

MTV Australia green lights Viacom Labs’ social TV trial

Social TV Rebecca Hawkes 25-10-2016
Viacom Labs is working with MTV Australia on a TV format that pulls in live streams from fans during a regularly scheduled live television show.

Nine Network seals capacity deal with Intelsat

Satellite Rebecca Hawkes 25-10-2016
Intelsat has agreed a deal with Australia’s Nine Network for the distribution of programming to six domestic TV stations, as well as global satellite and fibre connectivity.