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ITV has presented a mixed bag of results in its latest financial performance report, published this morning. Advertising revenues were down 5% in the first half of 2019 falling from £890m to £849m. ITV Studios revenues also declined by 6% from £803m to £758m.

On the upside, however, the broadcaster’s domestic SVOD service, ITV Hub+, has almost doubled its subscriber base from 265,000 in 2018 to over 500,000 by July 2019. Online viewing (the total

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ITV and the BBC have now signed an agreement to launch BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of this year.  This is a bold, new step for ITV and BBC as they seek to work together to offer something fresh and distinctive to the public.

  • BritBox will be competitively priced at £5.99 per month in HD and across multiple screens and devices, which is less than other streaming services. 
  • BritBox will be full

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DAZN, the leading global live and on-demand sports streaming service and Discovery, the global leader in powering people’s passions across all screens, have announced a new distribution partnership that will see Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Eurosport, the number one sports destination in Europe, holds exclusive Pan-European rights to some of the world’s biggest sporting events, including:  Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s 

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ITV Studios continues to strengthen its global scripted production base as it increases its stake in Monumental Television from 26% to a 51% majority in the UK production company. The agreement will see the label, founded by Oscar nominated film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, become a more integral part of ITV Studios.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has held a minority stake in the company since its launch in 2015, and ITVS GE will

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RTL Group today announced that it will combine its digital video business in the Nordics (United Screens) with Divimove, RTL Group’s Berlin-based digital video company. The Group also plans to integrate the Dutch RTL MCN into the combined entity. The combination will make Divimove Europe’s leading digital studio and home for digital content creators – representing more than 1,000 talents in 9 European countries which currently generates 3.2 billion online video views per month.

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Released today, a new global report from Grabyo has found video audiences are watching on social media and online streaming services more often than pay-TV services in all major markets except the UK.

The report surveyed over 9,600 people across the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Australia, and the United States.

The majority of consumers still watch video most regularly on free-to-air TV, with social media viewing coming in second. The global video market is

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UKTV has announced that its on demand app, UKTV Play, is now available on Apple TV where its vast catalogue of shows can be easily discovered. The service is also integrated with the all-new Apple TV app which brings together different ways to watch TV, as well as universal search and Siri, so users can easily find and play shows seamlessly on their iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

UKTV Play boasts a diverse catalogue

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Today at the Channel 4 Upfronts event at London’s Roundhouse, Chief Commercial Officer, Jonathan Allan announced to 1,200 members of the advertising community the development of a new first in broadcaster VOD advertising.

Codenamed “Project Agora”, this Channel 4-developed technology will enable advertisers to match their own custom audience segments across Channel 4 platforms in a cookie-less, GDPR compliant way for the first time. Channel 4’s 20 million active registered viewer base offers a segmentation

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Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and ProSiebenSat.1 are entering into a groundbreaking partnership that will drive long-term growth in the addressable TV and online video advertising market in Germany. Advertisers will be able to target relevant audiences in the area of addressable TV and online video across the complete portfolio of ProSiebenSat.1 and Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, directly and individually, with just a few clicks. The portfolio includes the digital offerings of both media houses as well as

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