AT&T-owned US pay TV group DirecTV is rebranding its DirecTV Now streaming service to AT&T TV Now in an attempt to inject new life into the platform. In India, streaming services ALTBalaji and ZEE5 are teaming up on 60 original productions, in the hope of battling the competitive onslaught of rivals including Netflix, which has recently increased its own local production activity. US broadcaster PBS will be making its virtual TV service debut, forging a carriage deal with linear TV streaming service YouTube TV.

In sports, Spanish soccer league La Liga has withdrawn its UK rights tender, which means that there is currently no legal way for UK viewers to watch the upcoming season. In France, Vivendi's Canal+ has said it is confident of retaining coverage of French Ligue 1 soccer when Mediapro takes over the rights next year. And in China, streaming giant Tencent has extended its rights deal with US NBA basketball.

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has boosted its production assets still further, buying  Israel's Armoza Formats. SonyLIV has taken its first international step by launching its service in the MENA region. Orange España has commissioned its first original series as well as adding an Amazon app to its set top boxes; it will also include a Prime subscription in select TV packages, similar to Telefonica's arrangement with Netflix in the nation.

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