Amazon originals’ impact revealed

The effects of Amazon’s original programming strategy have been laid bare for the first time – and it looks like largely good news for the e-commerce giant. Leaked documents show Amazon’s top originals had drawn five million people to its Amazon Prime shopping club by early 2017. They also show that the first seasons of […]

France set to slash SVOD window lag for ‘virtuous’ players

Eutelsat chairman Dominique d’Hinnin is expected to present his report calling for reform of France’s strict content windowing rules to culture minister Françoise Nyssen tomorrow. D’Hinnin’s report, which was commissioned last year, is expected to call for ‘virtuous’ subscription video-on-demand services that make a financial contribution to French content contribution to be able to distribute […]

NCTA: regulators need to end ‘mindless’ net neutrality obsession and take on big tech

Regulators need to stop obsessing about “outdated” net neutrality and address the more pressing need to regulate the activities of internet technology giants, according to Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA. Speaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Powell said that the war over net neutrality is dominating debate in the US and taking […]

Parrot study: German and Spanish content discovery habits compared

Content discovery habits differ significantly between consumers in Germany and Spain, according to an analysis of demand trends in both markets by Parrot Analytics. According to findings from Parrot’s Global Television Demand Trends report, the most popular online means of discovering content in Germany include online browsing of articles, news and blogs, used by 38% […]

English Premier League: Sky, BT and the Amazon question

Stuart Thomson looks at the implications of this week’s Premier League rights award to Sky and BT, and speculation over Amazon’s intentions.  Coverage of this week’s Premier League auction results focused on the reduced amount paid by the winners to secure the bulk of rights on offer, and on the absence – so far – […]

EntertainTV gobbles up Fremantle’s Picnic in exclusive content push

EntertainTV, the Deutsche Telekom pay TV service, has taken exclusive rights to Australian drama Picnic at Hanging Rock. The deal comes months after Deutsche Telekom ordered its first original series, Germanized, a Franco-German coproduction that this week secured Amazon Prime Video as a coproducer. The platform has already added services such as Netflix and Ultra-HD […]

Star Trek: Discovery tops Parrot list for Switzerland

Star Trek: Discovery topped Parrot Analytics’ top 10 list of in-demand digital originals in Switzerland for the week ending February 11. The sci-fi show, which is produced for CBS All Access in the US but is distributed by Netflix internationally, garnered over 1.186 million average demand expressions for the week from February 5-11, putting it […]

Amazon Prime brings in first French original

Amazon Prime Video is teaming up with Newen (through its Telfrance subsidiary), Bavaria Fiction and Deutsche Telekom for the brand new comedy drama Germanized. In French, the title will be Deutsche-Les-Landes. It will be the first French original to appear on Amazon’s streaming service in France. Amazon will also be the exclusive distribution partner for […]

NBC’s Jennifer Salke replaces Roy Price at Amazon Studios

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke is set to become Amazon Studio’s head of content, replacing Roy Price who departed in October. Price departed the company amid sexual harassment claims late last year, which preceeded the departures of Amazon Studios department heads such as Joe Lewis and Conrad Riggs. In the interim, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng […]

Twitch: 355bn minutes watched in 2017

Amazon-owned game streaming platform, Twitch, has revealed that 355 billion minutes of content were watched on the service last year. Announcing its ‘year in review’ stats, Twitch said that it had more than two million unique monthly broadcasters, who shared more than 124 million clips to more than 15 million unique daily visitors. The service […]

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