ViacomCBS global service to be Paramount+

Paramount+ is the new name for the forthcoming global streaming service from ViacomCBS. The CBS All Access service is to be rebranded Paramount+ in early 2021, with an initial international launch in Australia, Latin America and the Nordic region. The name builds on the legacy of one of the iconic Hollywood brands, displacing the CBS name and its associations with broadcasting.
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AWS offers uncompressed workflows

Amazon AWS is now offering a Cloud Digital Interface that allows software vendors and partners to build reliable, live video applications that can connect products and services in its network cloud using uncompressed video transports. This opens up opportunities for broadcasters and video service providers to move more services into the network cloud rather than being tied to on-premise infrastructure using dedicated circuits.
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BBC reports challenges ahead

The latest BBC Annual Report looks back on a financial year that ended with the country in coronavirus lockdown restrictions and looks forward to the future of the BBC that will more than ever be dominated by funding restrictions. 12% of all BBC viewing is now through the iPlayer, which generated 4.8 billion requests over the year.
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NAB Show takes on IBC Show

The NAB Show, which was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has been moved from April to October 2021. That puts the Las Vegas show just a month after the IBC Show in Amsterdam, despite claims by the National Association of Broadcasters to have avoided direct conflicts with other events. It seems like a strategic gamble for high stakes.
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BBC Three viewing fell by nearly 90%

BBC Three viewing minutes fell by 89% since the broadcast channel ceased broadcasting and went online only in early 2016. A study shows that the channel, with a target audience of those aged 16-34 years, appears to have failed to attract anything like equivalent viewing online. Compared to the year before it ended broadcast transmission, viewing of BBC Three programmes, including those shown on other BBC channels, was down 72% in 2019.
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Media spending decline expected to recover

Consumer habits can take a lifetime to learn but just a lockdown to lose. The entertainment and media world in 2020 has become more remote, more virtual, more streamed, more personal and for now at least more centred on the home than anyone anticipated at the start of the year. The annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook from PwC records a decline of $120 billion in sector revenue but forecasts a recovery in 2021 and a return to growth with an accelerated transition to digital media.
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