Category: Paid Content

The Show Must Go On – NFL Throws Screen Pass at COVID-19 with NFL Draft

Posted on 2nd April, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in All-star, Broadcasts, Bundesliga, College, College Eligibility, Console Gamers, Covid, Covid-19, Demand, Digital, Digital Pioneer, Draft, Draft Pick, Draft Prospects, Draftee, E-sports, Entertainment, ESports, Fans, Fox, Fox Sports, FS1, Health Risk, Innovation, IRacing, Live Sports, Madden, March Madness, Media Landscape, MLB, Nascar, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Networks, Nfl, Nfl Combine, NFL Draft, Nfl Madden, NHL Playoffs, Pandemic, Pay Tv, Peak Attention, Postponement, Pro Day, Rights Holders, Scouts, Season, Senior Bowl, Social Distancing, Sports Fans, Supply, Ultras, Video Conference and Virus

The NFL’s commissioner Roger Goodell announced to all 32 teams in a memo on March 26th that the NFL draft will go ahead as scheduled from the 23rd to 25th…

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Olympics Postponement: The Sports Media Landscape of COVID-19

Posted on 26th March, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in Advertising Revenue, Broadcasters, Business Model, Comcast, Covid, Covid-19, D2C, DAZN, Digital Engagement, Direct-to-consumer, Discovery, E-sports, Economic Downturn, EFL, Eleven Sports, English Premier League, FA, Film Library, Financial Viability, Free To Air, FTA, Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Gaming, Governing Bodies, IOC, Live Sports, NBA, Nbcuniversal, Olympics, Overextension, Pandemic, Pay Tv, Peacock, Post-linear Sports, Postpone, Recession, Rights Acquisition, Rights Holders, Rugby Union, Scripted Drama, Sports Industry, Sports-centric, Streaming Services, Svod, Tokyo 2020, Tokyo 2021, Tokyo Summer Olympics, UEFA, UEFA Euro 2020, Utah Jazz, Value Proposition, Wage Cuts, World Athletics, WSL and WWE

The global COVID-19 pandemic is increasing pressure on the viability of emerging and legacy media business models, and is already having an unprecedented impact on the sports industry. An unprecedented…

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Six Nations Behind a Paywall: Can Rugby Afford to Bench Free-To-Air?

Posted on 6th March, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in Addressable Audience, BBC, Business Model, Consumption Habits, Cricket, CVC, Demographic Cliff, Digital Natives, ECB, Exclusive Rights, F1, FIFA, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Formula One, Free To Air, FTA, Governing Body, Guinness, ICC, ITV, Pay Tv, Pay-TV Operator, Paywall, Peak Attention Economy, Revenue Over Reach, ROI, Rugby Union, Six Nations, Sky, Sky Sports, Subscriptions, Svod, The Rugby Paper, Traditional Broadcasters, World Cup and WWE

Six Nations organisers are reportedly considering awarding the exclusive distribution rights for its annual competition to pay-TV operator Sky, in an unprecedented £300 ($384) million deal. Organisers have said they…

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Tale of the Tape: UFC or Bundle Driving ESPN+ Adoption?

Posted on 11th February, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in Adoption, Binge Viewing, Bundle, Cord-cutters, D-Day, D2C, Digital Pay-TV, Direct-to-consumer, Disney, Earnings Call, Espn, Exclusive Distribution, Financials, Friends, Houston Rockets, Hulu, Live News, Live Sports, Market Fragmentation, Marvel, Mcgregor, MLB, MMA, NBA, Netflix, Nfl, NHL, Pay Tv, Peak Attention, Premium Domestic Sporting Rights, Sporting Rights, Subscriber Based, Subscribers, Subscription Video On Demand, Svod, The Office, Ufc, Walt Disney and WAUs

Walt Disney’s pureplay sports streaming service ESPN+, which launched back in April 2018, has surpassed 7.6 million paid subscribers, Disney’s chief executive Bog Iger reported during last week’s earnings call.…

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Peacock Goes for Gold

Posted on 23rd January, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in Acquisition, Ad-free, Ad-funded, Advertising, All Or Nothing, Amazon, AMC, Apple, AppleTV+, Attention, Avod, Broadband, Cable, CBS, Comcast, Customer Relationships, D-Day, D2C, Direct-to-consumer, Disney, Disruptor, Diversification, English Premier League, EPL, Exclusive Rights, Fans, Flex, Fox, Full Stack, HBO, Hulu, Incumbent Services, IOC, Last Chance U, Linear Tv, Live Sports, NBCU, Nbcuniversal, Netflix, Olympics 2020, Pay Tv, Peacock, Peacock Free, Peacock Premium, Peak Attention Economy, Premium Sporting Rights, Ryder Cup, Sky, Sky Sports, Sports, Sports Consumption, Starz, Streaming Sports, Subscription Video On Demand, Svod, Tech Majors, The CW and Xfinity

On the 16th of January, Comcast (owner of NBCUniversal) unveiled further details of its direct to consumer (D2C) proposition, Peacock. Peacock is set to debut on the 15th of April…

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Can BT Lay the Smackdown on Its Rivals?

Posted on 3rd January, 2020 by Alistair Taylor in Addressable Audience, Broadcast, BT, BT Sport, BT Sport Pass, Consumers, Consumption, DTC, Eleven Sports, English Premier League, Entertainment, Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Now TV, Pay Tv, Peak Attention, Raw, Reach, Revenue, Rights Acquisition, Serie A, Sky, Sky Sports, Smackdown, Sporting Rights, Streaming Insurgent, Subscribers, Subscription Video On Demand, Subscriptions, Svod, UEFA Champions League, Ufc, Value Proposition, Wrestling, WWE, WWE Network, WWF and Younger Audience

This Saturday at 1am GMT BT will debut its live broadcast for WWE Smackdown, having acquired the exclusive rights from long-term UK broadcaster Sky in June 2019. This signalled the…

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Amazon One - Family Christmas Nil

Posted on 18th December, 2019 by Alistair Taylor in Addressable Audience, AFC Bournemouth, Ageing Audience, Amazon, Amazon Prime Video, ATP, Broadcasters, BT, Buffering, Burnley, Commentary, Concurrent Viewership, Content Mix, Crystal Palace, DAZN, Demographics, Digital, Distribution Deals, Eleven Sports, English Premier League, EPL, Fixtures, High-quality Picture, Highlights, Latency, Linear, Live Stream, Manchester City, Nfl, Now TV, Optus, Optus Sport, Prime, Recession-proof, Rights, Rights Holders, Sky, Sky Deutschland, Spark, Spark Sport, Sports Rights, Stats, Streaming Insurgents, Tech Major, Tender, Time Delay, TNF, Twitch, UCL, UEFA Champions League, US Open, Value Proposition, WAUs and WTA

Ever since the English Premier League (EPL) awarded rights to tech major Amazon in June 2018, the excitement for December 2019 and how Amazon’s live stream delivery would pan out…

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BT Sport’s Key Ingredient for Competing in an Increasingly Saturated Landscape

Posted on 22nd November, 2019 by Alistair Taylor in Advertising, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Broadcast Audience, BT, BT Sport, BT Sport App, Bubble Economics, Competitive Landscape, Cord Cutting, DAZN, Demographics, Digital Natives, Domestic Rights, Engagement, English Premier League, Europa Conference League, Exclusive Rights, ITV, Live Sports, Market Saturation, MLB, MMA, NCAA, Pay Tv, Premium Rights, Price Point, Revenue Over Reach, Rugby, Sky, Sky Sports, Soccer, Social Platform, Sporting Rights, Sports Highlights, Sports Rights Bubble, Streaming Service, Subscribers, Subscription Video On Demand, Supply Demand, Svod, Telco, Telecom, Traditional Broadcaster, UCL, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Ufc, Untapped Audience, Value Proposition, Weekly Active Usage and Youtube

The strategic dilemma as to whether rights holders should seek revenue over reach when allocating domestic rights is inevitably impacted by how dependent services are on premium rights for securing…

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Disney+ Recovers From Initial Blunder to Surpass 10 Million Sign Ups on Debut!

Posted on 14th November, 2019 by Alistair Taylor in 21st Century Fox, All-encompassing Offering, Amazon, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, AppleTV+. Market Saturation, Brand Awareness, Brand Equity, Bundle, Catalogue, Comcast, Digital Native, Digital Pay-tv Solution, Direct-to-consumer, Disney, Disney Plus, DTC, Ecosystems, Espn, Finite Resources, Friends, FX, Gaming, Growth, HBO, HBO Max, House Of Mouse, Hulu, Lucas Films, Marvel, Marvel Motion Pictures, Media Company, Media Networks, MLB, Music Streaming, NBA, NBC, NBCU, Nbcuniversal, Netflix, Nfl, NHL, Peacock, Peak Attention, Peak Attention Economy, Pixar, Podcasts, Recession, Revenue Streams, Sports, Star Wars, Streaming Service, Subscription Video On Demand, Svod, SVOD Subscribers, Tech Majors, Tech Player, The Office, The Walt Disney Company, Twitter, Tyranny Of Choice, Value Proposition, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Media and Weaponize Its Content

Disney claims unexpected traffic on its newly-launched service was at fault for the buffering and technical issues of Disney+’s launch Tuesday. The issues highlight just how difficult it is transitioning…

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The NFL and Pizza Hut: Future-Proofing with E-Sports

Posted on 18th October, 2019 by Alistair Taylor in Ad Responsiveness, Addressable Audience, Advert Experimentation, Advertising, Amazon Prime Video, American Football, Brand, Brand Sponsor, Broadcast, EA Sports, ESports, Fan Base, FIFA, Fortnite, Forza, Future Proof, Gaming, Jersey Sponsorship, Linear Advertisers, Madden NFL, Madden NFL 20 Classic, Mixer, Naming Rights, NBA 2K, Pay Tv, Paywalls, Pizza Hut, Product Placement, Revenue Diversification, Rights Holders, Rights Valuations, ROI, SportsPro Media, Streaming, Subscription Video On Demand, Svod, Tencent, TNF, Twitch, Viewership, Virtual Naming Rights, Vloggers, Vr, Watching Sports and Youtube

While sharing pizza has already become synonymous with watching sports, e-sports could be about to leverage that same instilled behaviour. Restaurant chain Pizza Hut made history this July when it…

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