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BB Media: Slow 2023 Start for New, Expanded Streamers

Worldwide it’s been a slow start to 2023 for new and expanded streaming services, according to global media and entertainment data science company BB Media.

A new report from BB saw just six new and expanded service announcements for January, one global, two each in Europe and North America, and one in Latin America.

In Austria, Austria, Viaplay Group agreed to a partnership with CANAL+ to make hundreds of hours of content from Viaplay Select available exclusively on the pay TV platform, while in the UK, England Hockey and Joymo debuted England Hockey TV, a direct-to-fan digital service, with the OTT becoming the new home of England Hockey content with match streams, highlights, and short- and long-format video features.

In Canada, Viaplay Group and Bell Media’s Crave agreed to a partnership that offers premium Nordic content via Viaplay Select, allowing Crave subscribers to access a selection of critically acclaimed Viaplay films and series. In the US, the streaming service EPIX rebranded as MGM+.

In Latin America, UFC launched UFC Fight Pass, a fully localised version of its sports streaming service. The digital service will become the platform for UFC content in Brazil, featuring all of its live events, original programming and SVOD library.

And globally, Canela Media announced the launch of its children’s platform Canela Kids, offering more than 3,000 hours of content in Spanish.

To access BB’s report, click here.