Amazon agrees live and on-demand ATP Tennis rights

Amazon has agreed two deals with ATP and ATP Media to broadcast live ATP tennis in the UK and Ireland and to add Tennis TV to its Amazon Channels line-up in the US . In the UK and Republic of Ireland, Amazon Prime Video has agreed live and on-demand distribution rights to the ATP World […]

Love Nature goes live on Amazon Channels in Germany

Wildlife and nature video streaming service, Love Nature, has launched on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria. The Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks joint venture service is now available, localised entirely in German, to Amazon Prime members in Germany and Austria for €3.99 a month. Love Nature said that viewers in these countries will […]

Amazon to make Lord of the Rings in multi-season deal

Amazon has secured the global TV rights to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, with a multi-season commitment for an Amazon Studios-produced series based on the fantasy novels. Separately, Amazon is reported to be mulling the launch of an advertising-supported TV offering to complement its SVOD service. Amazon Studios will produce the Amazon Prime […]

Sony adds Amazon Alexa controls to Bravia TVs

Selected models of Sony Android TVs are now compatible with Amazon Alexa via a firmware update for the UK and US. With the update, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices – Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Dot – can be used to control Sony 4K HDR BraviaTV models powered by the Android TV operating system. […]

SVOD to help drive digital content spend past US$200bn

Global consumer expenditure on digital content will hit US$202 billion next year (€175 billion), up 10% from the US$184 billion spent this year, with subscription video-on-demand supporting much of the growth, according to Juniper Research. According to the research outfit’s Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operators Strategies 2017-2022, some 35% of UK households now […]

Amazon launches Fire TV Stick Basic around the world

Amazon has launched its Fire TV Stick Basic Edition streaming device in 100 new countries and territories. The device, which can output video at up to 1080p HD resolution and 60 frames per second, is now available around the world, including in Canada, France, Italy and Spain. “Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available […]

A+E launches Kriminal OTT TV service with Amazon

A+E Networks has launched a new true crime-related on-demand service on Amazon Channels in the UK. The new service, Kriminal, will be available for Prime members in the UK via their existing Amazon Video app on smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and games consoles and on the […]

Content investment will ‘bring customers back’, says Altice chief

Investing in content will “give customers more reasons to come back to SFR” and will provide new opportunities to increase revenue by charging more for bundles, according to Altice CEO Michel Combes. Combes, speaking to analysts after the cable and telecom group posted disappointing Q3 financials at the end of last week, partly due to […]

Comedy VOD service NextUp launches on Amazon Channels

Stand up comedy VOD platform, NextUp, has launched on Amazon Channels in the UK. The service joins the likes of Discovery, Eurosport Player and ITV Hub as part of Amazon’s subscription channels line-up and costs users £3.50 per-month. NextUp launched in 2016 and has since filmed 40 original stand up comedy shows, releasing a new […]

VIMN hails ‘milestone’ batch of European deals

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has agreed a string European “milestones and deals”  in the past month across countries including Spain, Italy and Portugal. From early 2018 MTV Bankia credit card holders in Spain will be able to watch premium content on the  MTV Play mobile app, accessing a range of MTV content including a […]

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