Sky and BBC extend partnership

Sky and the BBC have renewed and expanded their long-term strategic partnership to increase the prominence of BBC programming on Sky services. The mutually beneficial partnership is the latest in series of distribution deals that have been announced by Sky as it seeks to secure its position as an aggregator of premium programming from multiple providers.
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Wither the big trade shows?

With the cancellation of the previously postponed NAB Show, the outlook for the deferred IBC Show seems uncertain. Some people seem to be looking forward to getting together again at these international conventions. Others suspect that they will never be the same again. So, what are the prospects for the major trade shows?
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Virgin discovers online television

Virgin Media O2 is planning an online television service. It would enable the operator to offer the service beyond its traditional cable television network footprint. So why has it taken 20 years?
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Amazon starts producing televisions

Amazon is extending its interest in the television business, by producing its own-brand televisions, with its Alexa and Fire TV services deeply integrated. It not only simplifies the video viewing user experience, but it also facilitates integration with other smart home devices and enables features like video calling.
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HBO Max prepares European launch

The HBO Max online video service from WarnerMedia will launch in six European countries in October, with a further 14 territories in 2022, as part of a phased global roll-out. The first European markets will be Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, together with Spain and Andorra. The major markets of the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Italy are currently locked out with an exclusive agreement with Sky.
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Channel 4 considers international offering

Channel 4 in the United Kingdom is apparently planning to launch an international online video service. The news comes as the government consults on the future ownership of the state-owned commercial broadcaster. The government says its preferred option is to see a change of ownership.
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