CANAL+ Overseas to acquire majority stake in Thema distributers (Screen Africa)

(Photo credit: http://www.bizurance.com)

CANAL+ Overseas has signed an agreement with Thema, a company which distributes generalist, specialist and ethnic television channels to cable, satellite and IPTV operators in France and internationally, to acquire a… [Read more on Screen Africa]

Majority of viewers would rather watch ads than pay to stream TV (Marketing Pilgrim)

When the DVR came along, advertisers worried about the impact it would have on the industry. If we give people the ability to skip the commercials, people are going to skip the commercials, right? Advertisers won’t keep buying time if no one is watching and without… [Read more on Marketing Pilgrim]

Will ‘Marco Polo’ Be Netflix’s ‘Game of Thrones’? (TechTimes)

(Photo : Netflix) Still from the upcoming Netflix original series “Marco Polo.”

With the massive success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, many new TV shows have followed in its footsteps with a kind of violent, sexy, historical flavor. We had History’s Vikings premiere in 2013, Starz’s Outlander this year and a whole bunch of other epic, historical fantasy dramas in between.

And now Netflix has one more to add to the list. The teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix[Read more on TechTimes]

Sky Deutschland unveils OTT service (Advanced Television)

digital entertainment sky deutschland

Pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland has launched what it describes as a new, easy, and flexible way to experience its content, at home or on the go. For the first time, the new, standalone online TV service Sky Online makes it possible for… [Read more on Advanced Television]

Rupert Murdoch urges media firms to unite to fight Amazon and Netflix (The Guardian)

Rupert Murdoch speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

21st Century Fox chairman says industry is ‘on the same page’ about need to come up with serious competitor to streaming video giants

The media industry needs its own competitor to online streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, Rupert Murdoch told a technology conference on Wednesday.

“As an industry, we need a competitor – a serious competitor – to… [Read more on The Guardian]