BBC Three returns with repeats

BBC Three returns as a television channel on 1 February, six years after ceasing transmissions to become an online only service. The aim is to attract back viewers aged 16-34, but it seems that most of the schedule will be old episodes of shows that are already available online. The return comes as the BBC faces the prospect of its budget being cut in real terms.
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Netflix gains fall frustratingly short

Netflix narrowly missed its own subscriber projections for the fourth quarter of 2021 and saw its market value promptly cut by a fifth, despite gaining 8.28 million subscribers and ending the year with a total of nearly 222 million and full-year revenue of $30 billion. While Netflix has been successful with shows like Squid Game, the movies Red Notice and Don’t Look Up, and winning the most Emmy and Oscar awards of 2021, investors are apparently nervous about a slowdown in subscriber growth.
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Comcast adds Video Artificial Intelligence

Comcast Technology Solutions has announced a new VideoAI service to help companies analyze audio, video and closed captions to create actionable metadata, generate and manage new content, improve advertising efficiency, and streamline operations. VideoAI is based on commercial-scale implementations created and deployed by Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable, is providing this capability to the broader media and entertainment industry as a managed service.
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BBC iPlayer viewing boosted by dramas

Millions of viewers watched the opening episodes of drama series on the BBC iPlayer over the festive period. The BBC recorded 22 million streams on Sunday 2 January, boosted by the box set drama The Tourist. That was slightly up on the 21 million streams on 1 January the previous year. There were 141 million streams over the week to 3 January, up 6% on the previous year. However, traditional television still makes up most BBC viewing.
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Record United States online video viewing

Americans watched an all-time high of 183 billion minutes on online video platforms over the week of Christmas, taking a 33% share of total viewing, as measured by Nielsen. That is more than the record 178 billion minutes watched during Thanksgiving week a month earlier. Online video viewing had a 28% share of total viewing through December, which was consistent with the previous six months.
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DAZN aims for BT Sport

Sports online video service DAZN is reported to be ready to acquire BT Sport in an estimated £580 million deal, giving it access to rights to English Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches in European markets. Discovery, which owns Eurosport, is reported to have offered to form a joint venture with BT as an alternative. Reuters reports that a deal could be reached within days or weeks, although it could still fall through, according to its sources.
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