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The Last Reporter in Town Had One Big Question for His Rich Boss

By Dan Barry and Haruka Sakaguchi

His newspaper has withered under a hedge fund. His industry was in turmoil even before a pandemic. But Evan Brandt won’t stop chronicling his town.

California, After Riding a Boom, Braces for Hard Times

By Conor Dougherty

Early hopes for a quick rebound from the pandemic have yielded to worries about its long-term impact on state finances and the governor’s ambitious agenda.

Average US SVOD household has access to 100,000 hours of content

By Julian Clover

The average US household that subscribes to a video on demand service now has access to 100,000 hours of content across 3.8 different services.

A new study by Ampere Analysis says the main drivers are consumer uptake of Amazon Prime’s booming portfolio and the addition of new services like Disney+ to the household mix.

According to Ampere, households with young children have access to nearly five different SVoD services, more than any other demographic. This is up significantly from 3.5 in the same period last year, largely due to the launch of Disney+, and the high uptake of the family-friendly service in the group.

The available content represents 102,000 hours.

Even adults who live alone still have an average of 3.1 services, giving them 85,000 hours – an equivalent of almost 10 years content.

Toby Holleran, Senior Analyst at Ampere Analysis says: “Consumers already have a vast amount of content at their disposal, and a US household who subscribes to both Netflix and Amazon currently has access to more than 100,000 hours of content from those two services alone. As the market fragments further with additional direct-to-consumer services and households hit a spending ceiling, consumers will become more selective about their SVoD choices. The more expensive services, alongside those without a clear brand and proposition, will find the going gets tougher.”

The launch and success of both Disney+ and Apple TV+ has driven growth in the number of services households can access. Almost one third of US SVOD households subscribed to Disney+ in Q1 2020. The service comes with a 4,200-hour catalogue and thus adds an average of 1,400 hours of content to the typical SVOD household’s portfolio.

YouTube need not reveal data of online pirates

By Julian Clover

Online video sharing platforms, such as YouTube, need not reveal the personal details of users that illegally upload copyrighted material.

The ruling from the European Court of Justice followed a request from the German film distributor Constantin Film Verleih that the Google-owned company hand over details including the emails, telephone numbers and IP addresses behind the upload of movie titles Parker and Scary Movie 5 in 2013 and 2014.

The case, which was referred by the German Federal Court of Justice, hinged on the interpretation of ‘address’ and whether that then meant an IP address or a postal address.

“When a film is unlawfully uploaded onto an online platform, such as YouTube, the rightholder may, under the directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, require the operator to provide only the postal address of the user concerned, but not his or her email, IP address or telephone number,” the ECJ said in its ruling.

However the court added that individual member states have the right to grant holders of intellectual property rights the right to receive fuller information.

The full length movies were viewed tens of thousands of times before being blocked.

Virgin Media Ireland appoints Paul Higgins as Vice President, Commercial

By Julian Clover

Virgin Media Ireland has appointed Paul Higgins as Vice-President of Commercial.

Paul Higgins has been with the Irish cablenet for five years, most recently as consumer director.

Prior to joining Virgin Media, Paul held senior level commercial positions in the Telecommunications, Media, Technology and FMCG sectors in Ireland, the UK and Australia.

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, said: “At Virgin Media we are big believers in promoting talented people from within and Paul has demonstrated that he delivers superior results through teamwork and a laser like focus on Customers.”

In his new board level appointment, Higgins will cover sales, marketing, product delivery, and digital channels and will continue to drive growth in the company’s entertainment, connectivity and mobile business.

Pay-TV to develop in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

A new media bill currently being prepared in Ukraine could promote the development of pay-TV services.

However, to do so, it will, according to Konstantin Gritsak, the director of external relations at the country’s leading cable operator Volia, have to adhere to two principles.

The first is the creation of appropriate conditions for competition while at the same time keeping the influence of the state on the media to a minimum. The second is maintaining the principle of technological neutrality.

In Gritsak’s view, the legislation could also pave the way for locally produced thematic channels with which pay-TV operators will cooperate.

Gritsak also spoke favourably about how it will protect intellectual property.

IPTV gains in Slovenia

By Chris Dziadul

IPTV accounted for 56.1% of pay-TV connections in Slovenia in the first quarter.

According to figures published by the regulator AKOS, its market share continues to grow, while those of other technologies is falling. Cable accounted for 37.8%, satellite TV 5.1% and MMDS 1% as of Q1.

Meanwhile, penetration of fixed broadband grew by 0.5% in the first three months of this year to reach 83.7%. NGA broadband internet access is also growing and accounted for 83% of connection in Q1.

Triple play packages continued to grow in popularity had a market share of 36% in the first quarter.

On the other hand, the share of quadruple (40.2%) and double (9.5%) play packages fell, while standalone broadband access (8.9%) and converged services that do not include service packages (5.6%) remained unchanged.

Over a third (34.7%) of broadband users opted for access speeds of over 100 Mbps.

Bulgarian digital advertising takes off

By Chris Dziadul

The internet advertising market in Bulgaria grew by 19.4% in 2019.

According to Capital, quoting the findings of the AdEx 2019 survey produced by IAB Bulgaria, it was worth a net BGN122.1 million (€62.4 million), though most participants in the survey now expect a double-digit contraction in online advertising this year.

Although the Bulgarian market performed much better than most others in Europe last year, with the average increase in 2019 being 12.3%, it will have to grow still faster to catch up with other markets.

In 2018, internet ad spend per capita was, at €7.2 one of the lowest in Europe. It was followed by Belarus, Serbia and Romania.

Christina Sulebakk to head HBO Europe

By Chris Dziadul

Christina Sulebakk has been appointed general manager of HBO Europe, including the linear networks and streaming service, effective immediately.

In her new role, she will report into Priya Dogra, president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC.
Sulebakk replaces Hervé Payan who served as CEO of HBO Europe for eight years and who will be leaving the company at the end of August 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, Dogra said: “Christina is a tremendously talented executive who has been integral to the success of HBO Europe. She has a deep understanding of direct-to-consumer businesses and has played a pivotal role in the development of our international plans. She will be a key force in driving our growth in Europe”.

She continued: “We’re incredibly grateful to Hervé for his leadership in building and growing the HBO Europe business and importantly, for his vision in launching streaming video offerings in key markets in Europe. I’ve personally worked closely with Hervé over the past few years and I’ve appreciated his entrepreneurial spirit, his focus on innovation and good sense of humour. We are thankful to Hervé for staying on until the end of August to ensure a smooth transition of this important business”.

Payan said: “I am enormously proud of what the HBO Europe team has achieved over the years. I am delighted to see the torch pass to Christina. She has been here since the outset and I’m sure she will play a valuable role in accelerating the pace of the business”.

Sulebakk said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about my new role and our ambitious plans for HBO Europe. Working on this iconic brand with exceptionally talented colleagues at such a pivotal time in the industry has been an educational and enriching experience. I can’t wait to get started on the opportunities that lie ahead as we build on the strong foundation that is Hervé’s legacy.”

Sulebakk has been at HBO Europe for over eight years, most recently serving as executive VP, CMO & head of distribution. During her years at HBO Europe she has been based in Madrid, Budapest and New York and has played pivotal roles in transforming the Central European business into streaming and launching HBO España.

YouTube need not reveal data of online pirates

By Julian Clover

Online video sharing platforms, such as YouTube, need not reveal the personal details of users that illegally upload copyrighted material.

The ruling from the European Court of Justice followed a request from the German film distributor Constantin Film Verleih that the Google-owned company hand over details including the emails, telephone numbers and IP addresses behind the upload of movie titles Parker and Scary Movie 5 in 2013 and 2014.

The case, which was referred by the German Federal Court of Justice, hinged on the interpretation of ‘address’ and whether that then meant an IP address or a postal address.

“When a film is unlawfully uploaded onto an online platform, such as YouTube, the rightholder may, under the directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, require the operator to provide only the postal address of the user concerned, but not his or her email, IP address or telephone number,” the ECJ said in its ruling.

However the court added that individual member states have the right to grant holders of intellectual property rights the right to receive fuller information.

The full length movies were viewed tens of thousands of times before being blocked.

Virgin Media Ireland appoints Paul Higgins as Vice President, Commercial

By Julian Clover

Virgin Media Ireland has appointed Paul Higgins as Vice-President of Commercial.

Paul Higgins has been with the Irish cablenet for five years, most recently as consumer director.

Prior to joining Virgin Media, Paul held senior level commercial positions in the Telecommunications, Media, Technology and FMCG sectors in Ireland, the UK and Australia.

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, said: “At Virgin Media we are big believers in promoting talented people from within and Paul has demonstrated that he delivers superior results through teamwork and a laser like focus on Customers.”

In his new board level appointment, Higgins will cover sales, marketing, product delivery, and digital channels and will continue to drive growth in the company’s entertainment, connectivity and mobile business.

Philippine Congress Shuts Down Leading Broadcaster ABS-CBN

By Jason Gutierrez

By voting not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, lawmakers silenced a major network that had come under fire from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pay-TV to develop in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

A new media bill currently being prepared in Ukraine could promote the development of pay-TV services.

However, to do so, it will, according to Konstantin Gritsak, the director of external relations at the country’s leading cable operator Volia, have to adhere to two principles.

The first is the creation of appropriate conditions for competition while at the same time keeping the influence of the state on the media to a minimum. The second is maintaining the principle of technological neutrality.

In Gritsak’s view, the legislation could also pave the way for locally produced thematic channels with which pay-TV operators will cooperate.

Gritsak also spoke favourably about how it will protect intellectual property.

IPTV gains in Slovenia

By Chris Dziadul

IPTV accounted for 56.1% of pay-TV connections in Slovenia in the first quarter.

According to figures published by the regulator AKOS, its market share continues to grow, while those of other technologies is falling. Cable accounted for 37.8%, satellite TV 5.1% and MMDS 1% as of Q1.

Meanwhile, penetration of fixed broadband grew by 0.5% in the first three months of this year to reach 83.7%. NGA broadband internet access is also growing and accounted for 83% of connection in Q1.

Triple play packages continued to grow in popularity had a market share of 36% in the first quarter.

On the other hand, the share of quadruple (40.2%) and double (9.5%) play packages fell, while standalone broadband access (8.9%) and converged services that do not include service packages (5.6%) remained unchanged.

Over a third (34.7%) of broadband users opted for access speeds of over 100 Mbps.

Christina Sulebakk to head HBO Europe

By Chris Dziadul

Christina Sulebakk has been appointed general manager of HBO Europe, including the linear networks and streaming service, effective immediately.

In her new role, she will report into Priya Dogra, president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC.
Sulebakk replaces Hervé Payan who served as CEO of HBO Europe for eight years and who will be leaving the company at the end of August 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, Dogra said: “Christina is a tremendously talented executive who has been integral to the success of HBO Europe. She has a deep understanding of direct-to-consumer businesses and has played a pivotal role in the development of our international plans. She will be a key force in driving our growth in Europe”.

She continued: “We’re incredibly grateful to Hervé for his leadership in building and growing the HBO Europe business and importantly, for his vision in launching streaming video offerings in key markets in Europe. I’ve personally worked closely with Hervé over the past few years and I’ve appreciated his entrepreneurial spirit, his focus on innovation and good sense of humour. We are thankful to Hervé for staying on until the end of August to ensure a smooth transition of this important business”.

Payan said: “I am enormously proud of what the HBO Europe team has achieved over the years. I am delighted to see the torch pass to Christina. She has been here since the outset and I’m sure she will play a valuable role in accelerating the pace of the business”.

Sulebakk said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about my new role and our ambitious plans for HBO Europe. Working on this iconic brand with exceptionally talented colleagues at such a pivotal time in the industry has been an educational and enriching experience. I can’t wait to get started on the opportunities that lie ahead as we build on the strong foundation that is Hervé’s legacy.”

Sulebakk has been at HBO Europe for over eight years, most recently serving as executive VP, CMO & head of distribution. During her years at HBO Europe she has been based in Madrid, Budapest and New York and has played pivotal roles in transforming the Central European business into streaming and launching HBO España.

IPTV gains in Slovenia

By Chris Dziadul

IPTV accounted for 56.1% of pay-TV connections in Slovenia in the first quarter.

According to figures published by the regulator AKOS, its market share continues to grow, while those of other technologies is falling. Cable accounted for 37.8%, satellite TV 5.1% and MMDS 1% as of Q1.

Meanwhile, penetration of fixed broadband grew by 0.5% in the first three months of this year to reach 83.7%. NGA broadband internet access is also growing and accounted for 83% of connection in Q1.

Triple play packages continued to grow in popularity had a market share of 36% in the first quarter.

On the other hand, the share of quadruple (40.2%) and double (9.5%) play packages fell, while standalone broadband access (8.9%) and converged services that do not include service packages (5.6%) remained unchanged.

Over a third (34.7%) of broadband users opted for access speeds of over 100 Mbps.

Bulgarian digital advertising takes off

By Chris Dziadul

The internet advertising market in Bulgaria grew by 19.4% in 2019.

According to Capital, quoting the findings of the AdEx 2019 survey produced by IAB Bulgaria, it was worth a net BGN122.1 million (€62.4 million), though most participants in the survey now expect a double-digit contraction in online advertising this year.

Although the Bulgarian market performed much better than most others in Europe last year, with the average increase in 2019 being 12.3%, it will have to grow still faster to catch up with other markets.

In 2018, internet ad spend per capita was, at €7.2 one of the lowest in Europe. It was followed by Belarus, Serbia and Romania.

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Brooklyn man battles coronavirus-related pneumonia, kidney damage

By Kayla Rivas

After Samuel Haltovsky, 63 of Brooklyn, NY., surfaced from a two-week hospital stay battling COVID-19-related pneumonia, his kidneys were in a dire state.

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