10 Global TV Stories You Should Know: 10/24/2023

Here are the global TV and streaming video stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, October 24th, 2023:

Disney Set To Sell Indian Operation To Reliance Industries In Deal Valuing Biz At $10B — Report (Deadline)
Disney could be offloading its Indian operation in a deal valuing the business at $10B. Bloomberg News reported that a deal to sell a majority stake to rival Reliance Industries was nearing completion. Citing unnamed sources close to the agreement, it reported Reliance values the assets it would acquire at between $7B-$8B, meaning Disney India is worth around $10B in total.

Forecast: India Telco, Pay-TV Revenues To Grow At 3.1% CAGR (Advanced-Television)
The total telecom and pay-TV services revenue in India is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1 per cent from $42.3 billion (€39.7bn) in 2022 to $44.9 billion in 2027, primarily driven by mobile data and fixed broadband segments, forecasts GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

News Is Most Important FAST Genre Globally, Amagi Report Says (Rapid TV News)
The latest FAST Report from Amagi shows that news is the highest-ranking genre globally, contributing the most global ad impressions (40%) and hours of viewing (37%), covering the year to Q2 2023. APAC is now the fastest growing market for FAST.

Mediawan Africa, Republic Of Benin & TV5 Monde Partner To Co-Develop Original Daily Drama Series ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ (Deadline)
Mediawan Africa, the Republic of Benin and French-language international channel TV5 Monde are partnering to co-develop original daily fiction series The Best Is Yet To Come. The ambitious project – which has set an initial target of 220 episodes of 26 minutes – aims to break fresh ground for drama production in Africa to create a daily show featuring and developing pan-African talent across all disciplines.

Turkey’s Kanal D Remakes Italian Drama ‘On The Brink’ With Ay Yapim (TBIVision)
Turkey’s Kanal D is preparing to air a local remake of Italian scripted format On The Brink, which first aired on Mediaset’s Canale 5. The psychological series, known in Turkey as Bir Derdim Var (Light In The Dark), tracks an unusual doctor who uses her rebellious spirit to treat teenagers.

Winter Sports Season Launches On Discovery+, Eurosport (Advanced-Television)
Winter is coming and fans can watched every moment of the winter sports season season on discovery+ and Eurosport. The action begins with the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup from Soelden, Austria on October 28th and sparks the start of 600 live races and figure skating events comprising 1,100 hours across the season.

Viaplay Group Puts Back Q3 Financials (Rapid TV News)
Viaplay Group’s Board of Directors has announced it’s rescheduling the publication of its Q3 2023 financial results amid potential recapitalisation of the Group and the potential sale of part of the business.

DAZN And Sky Italia Renews Serie A Rights In Italy (Digital TV Europe)
Live sports streaming service, DAZN, has renewed its rights deal with Lega Serie A to air the Italian football league in Italy until 2029. Serie A will broadcast live on DAZN, with coverage including seven exclusive matches per match day, amounting to 266 out of 380 matches per season, and three co-exclusive matches per match day.

WWII Veterans Interviewer Rishi Sharma Signs Multi-Year Content Deal With Little Dot Studios & Streamer History Hit (Deadline)
Little Dot Studios and its streamer, History Hit, have struck an exclusive deal with Rishi Sharma, a doc maker known for interviewing thousands of World War II veterans. For the past eight years, digital content creator Sharma has been interviewing WWII vets around the globe, with each lasting between 2-4 hours.

Research: Sweden Media Spend Hits Record Levels (Advanced-Television)
Household media spend in Sweden durng Q3 increased by six per cent compared to the same period last year, hitting record levels, according to Mediavision in its Q3 analysis of the Swedish media economy. Growth was primarily driven by an increase in individual purchases, especially cinema tickets. The number of households buying cinema tickets increased by nearly 40 per cent compared to the same period last year.