In a development that could ultimately boost uptake of SVoD and pay TV in France, Canal+ has managed to negotiate a new French windowing agreement, allowing it to show movies six to eight months after theatrical release, rather than the current 10-12 months. Other French broadcasters will also benefit from the change. Meanwhile, the European Commission looks set to finalise plans for a European content quota for SVoD services by the end of 2019, despite industry confusion over the exact compliance measure to be used.

A number of key mergers and sales were completed in the days leading up to Christmas, with Malaysia's iflix selling its African service, Kwesé iflix, to local telecoms company Econet Global; Tele2 and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile completing the combination of their Dutch businesses; and M7 Group agreeing to buy the satellite TV operations of Liberty Global in Eastern Europe.

Netflix's new horror Bird Box, reached record first-week viewing figures for an original movie with over 45m views in seven days. The streaming giant has also carried through on a plan to cut revenue share to Apple for sign-ups through the Apple app store by requiring new customs to go to its own website.

In Russia, Media Telekom has agreed an exclusive deal with Fox to distribute its channels, and Disney struck a last-minute carriage agreement with Verizon in the US, averting a potential black-out of ESPN and ABC. Meanwhile, Roku is aping Amazon's premium channel strategy by allowing viewers to subscribe to US premium channels like Starz and Showtime through its platform with a single bill. 

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CES: 8-11 January 2019, Las Vegas, USA
Prime Time: 30 January-1 February 2019, Ottawa, Canada**
Berlinale Film Fest & Market: 7-17 February 2019, Berlin, Germany
MWC—Mobile World Congress: 25-28 February 2019, Barcelona, Spain*
DISCOP Egypt: 26-28 February 2019, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Future TV Advertising Forum: 28 February 2019, Sydney, Australia**
SportsPro OTT Summit: 27-28 March 2019, Singapore*
Connected TV World Summit: 27-28 March 2019, London, UK**
NAB: 6-11 April 2019, Las Vegas, USA
MIP TV: 8-11 April 2019, Cannes, France*
Cannes Film Festival & Market: 8-19 May 2019, Cannes, France
LA Screenings: 15-23 May, Los Angeles, USA
DISCOP Ivory Coast: 29-31 May 2019, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
ANGA COM: 4-6 June 2019, Cologne, Germany
MIP China: 5-7 June 2019, Hangzhou, China
NEM: 10-13 June 2019, Dubrovnik, Croatia
International Animation Film Festival & Market: 10-15 June 2019, Annecy, France
Cannes Lions: 17-21 June 2019, Cannes, France
CTAM Europe Exec. Mgmt. Programme: 25-29 June 2019, Fontainebleau, France
Série Series: European Series Summit: 26-28 June 2019, Fontainebleau, France
Children's Media Conference: 3-5 July 2019, Sheffield, UK**
IBC: 12-17 September 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MIP Junior: 12-13 October 2019, Cannes, France*
MIPCOM: 14-17 October 2019, Cannes, France*

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