10 Global TV Stories You Should Know: 01/23/2024

Here are the global TV and streaming video stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024:

WBD Secures Record Digital Audience For Australian Open Week One (Sportcal)
Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) Sports Europe, the regional division of the media and entertainment giant, has announced record digital audiences for its coverage of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament's first week.

Forecast: Content Spend To Grow 2% In 2024 (Advanced-Television)
In 2024, Ampere Analysis forecasts global content spend will increase by 2 per cent year-on-year, following a plateau in content investment growth in 2023. Last year was predicted to deliver comparable growth, but WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike action led to a two percentage point decline relative to original expectations.

Kate del Castillo To Star As Iconic Singer Chavela Vargas in Bio-Series From Colombia’s Caracol TV and Miracol Media (Variety)
Del Castillo will transform into Vargas, the mythical woman in the red poncho, who boldly rejected the conventions of her time, paving the way for a unique and groundbreaking journey in the landscape of Mexican popular music.

Netflix Data Reveals Oversized Impact Of Spanish-Language Shows (TBIVision)
Netflix’s reliance on non-English content and its back catalogue has been highlighted by new analysis that shows the disproportionate viewing hours secured by the streamer’s Spanish-language shows. Spanish-language shows make up only 5% of Netflix’s top 18,000 titles but accounts for more than 8% of viewing time, according to exclusive new analysis by research outfit Omdia.

DAZN And NBA Extend Partnership In Germany (Digital TV Europe)
Sports entertainment platform, DAZN, has retained its media rights to the NBA in Germany, in a renewed deal with the leading basketball association. The sports hub will broadcast over 200 NBA games live, including the newly created in-season tournament NBA Cup, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.

Canal+ Group’s SPI International And Thema America Launching 10 New Thematic Channels In Latin America (Variety)
SPI Int’l’s popular channels FunBox UHD, FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, Erox, Eroxxx, and 360TuneBox, will be distributed across the region via Thema America, which will represent and distribute the channels.

SuperLeague+ Goes Live (Advanced-Television)
Rugby League Commercial (RLC) has launched its new global, direct-to-consumer streaming service, SuperLeague+. Powered by IMG sister company Endeavor Streaming, the service aims to drive the sport’s digital transformation, diversify its media strategy and reach new audiences worldwide.”

Netflix Promotes Carolina Leconte For Lat Am Following Robert Stopello Exit (TBIVision)
Netflix has upped Carolina Leconte to oversee its output across Latin America, following the exit of Robert Stopello. Leconte becomes senior director of content in Lat Am and has a remit across series and films in Mexico as well as continuing to lead copros and licensing across the region.

How Turkish Drama Is Fuelling Growth By Using FAST & Miniseries (TBIVision)
The global export of Turkish drama has been one of the distribution success stories of the last two decades, with titles such as Magnificent Century, 1001 Nights, Ezel, Insider and Endless Love becoming household names and winning legions of fans worldwide.

TF1 Says France Télévisions Support Is Illegal State Aid In EC Complaint (Digital TV Europe)
France’s TF1 has filed a complaint against public broadcaster France Télévisions with the European Commission about alleged illegal state aid. The complaint rests on an argument that state finance for the pubcaster is not linked to clear obligations and adequate control mechanisms, according to Le Figaro, which first confirmed news of the filing.