Also In The News…

February 4, 2019

  • Esports organisation Fnatic has signed a long-term rights partnership with Twitch, the global streaming service for gaming which will see professional players from across Fnatic’s roster of teams stream their competitions exclusively through the over-the-top (OTT) platform.
  • This year’s Asian Cup received a record 836.6 million fan engagement across Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) digital platforms.
  • France TV ruled the TV ratings on Friday night with the national team versus Wales in the Six Nations as the top programme. The match, which the French lost after blowing a 16-0 halftime lead, drew 5.18 million viewers and a share of 23.4%.
  • NASCAR Senior VP/Broadcasting & Production Steve Herbst, who helped put together the $8.2 billion rights deals with Fox and NBC, left the organisation last week. In a statement, he said: “My years at NASCAR have been incredibly rewarding and I believe it’s the perfect time to pursue new challenges and opportunities.”
  • Red Bull is partnering with The Turf Games Winter Festival in London on February 9 featuring 80 teams in a battle to be crowned the Fittest Team. The event will attract personal trainers, influencers and staff from London gyms and a predicted 600 spectators.
  • The LaLiga match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad on Gol was the top programme on digital terrestrial TV in Spain on Saturday with 751,000 viewers.
  • The number of homes cancelling their UK TV licences rose to 860,000 in 2017-18, up from 798,000 the year before. Reports are attributing fall to the rise of less expensive OTT options like Netflix. TV licenses (£150.50 per year) are obligatory for broadcast viewing or accessing the BBC iPlayer, but not for OTT (Netflix costs £72/year).