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  • Launch of Apple’s 5G iPhone could be delayed by months over demand fears (Silicon Republic)

    Published March 26, 2020

    Apple may be preparing to delay its launch of its first 5G iPhones fearing the coronavirus pandemic and a global recession could severely limit demand. With most of its employees now working from home – along with millions of others across the world – Apple is preparing for a delayed release of its next flagship […]

  • As a Virus Upends Hollywood, There May Never Be a Return to Normal (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published March 26, 2020

    Amid an unprecedented shutdown of movie theaters and entertainment production, major players are experimenting with new business models as digital platforms ascend and artists take up a DIY ethos: “You have to adapt.” Huw Samuel had planned to take his girlfriend to see Universal’s The Invisible Man in a theater near his home south of […]

  • BBC, Channel 4 unveil Covid-19 plans & fast turnaround shows (TBI Vision)

    Published March 26, 2020

    UK broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC have unveiled a raft of new programming as they look to attract viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown and fill gaps left by the cancellation of major events. With events such as the Olympics and music festival Glastonbury postponed for 12 months, the BBC has said it is preparing […]

  • Coronavirus: UK PSB’s Appeal to Government for Support for Freelancers (Rapid TV News)

    Published March 26, 2020

    With the uncertain financial fate of the country’s freelancers due to Covid-19, a significant number of whom work in the nation’s creative sectors, the UK’s public service broadcasters have collectively asked the Government to work with them to support such workers during this unprecedented period. In a joint letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak signed by […]

  • Coronavirus likely to impact quality of BARB audience data (Digital TV Europe)

    Published March 26, 2020

    UK audience ratings organisation BARB has admitted that its ability to accurately measure what people are watching could be impacted by the government’s new restrictions on movement and work. BARB CEO Justin Sampson said that the organisation had been forced to cease all face-to-face interviewing and technician visits to panel homes early last week and […]

  • Netflix outage hits Europe (CSI Magazine)

    Published March 26, 2020

    Netflix has gone down for many users across Europe just as they need the service most. With millions of people in lockdown and isolation across the continent, users have complained of technical issues, including not being able to open the app or stream content. The website refused to load when users navigated to the site. […]

  • Disney+ launches with 5 million downloads on Day 1 (Broadband TV News)

    Published March 26, 2020

    The launch of Disney+ in seven European territories Wednesday generated 5 million downloads. The streaming service made its debut at a time when many Europeans are on lockdown at home as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. According to App Annie, Germany topped the list of streamers, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. […]

  • Coronavirus to boost global SVoD subs by 5% (Advanced Television)

    Published March 26, 2020

    Strategy Analytics has published its latest forecast for SVoD services. The forecast took account of the expected impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, and although the longer-term impact clearly remains uncertain, early evidence suggests that a boost to SVoD usage globally can be expected. As a result, the forecast for global subscriptions was increased by 5 […]

  • SDI Media Covid-19 Status Update (SDI Media)

    Published March 25, 2020

    SDI Media has 34 owned and operated locations globally, so we are closely monitoring how each specific country is being impacted by the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Our strong presence in Asia means that we have been following the spread of the virus since the onset, and have been taking the necessary precautions with […]

  • Dubbing Service Rolls Out Virtual Studio for Voice Actors (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published March 25, 2020

    TransPerfect, which counts Viacom, Warner Bros. and Amazon as clients, is rolling out a recording platform to eliminate the need for having talent in-studio while displaying all necessary information for talent. With nearly a billion people across the world in coronavirus lockdown, the need for dubbing Hollywood content into local languages has never been greater. […]

  • Akamai Announces New Steps to Combat Content Piracy (TVTechnology)

    Published March 25, 2020

    Akamai has announced a range of new steps aimed at protecting streamed broadcast content, including a provision giving rights holders the ability to execute immediate shutdowns of unauthorized streams or the source of piracy. In a blog posting, Akamai’s Chris Nicholson laid out the content protection strategy, including the immediate stream shutdowns. “Access Revocation can […]

  • Tokyo Olympics Postponed to 2021 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published March 24, 2020

    The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee made the decision after speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers. The IOC said the games will be held “not later […]

  • Amazon unlocks 40 kids & family shows for non-Prime subscribers (TBI Vision)

    Published March 24, 2020

    Amazon is making a portion of its children’s programming available for free as the world battles against the Coronavirus pandemic. The company announced that 40 family and kids’ shows will be available for all Amazon customers, regardless or whether they have a Prime subscription. Series available include Arthur, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom […]

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