Apple not targeting Netflix or Disney as it shapes up video strategy

Consumer tech giant Apple is not looking to buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look […]

Parrot Analytics: Star Trek: Discovery tops Irish in-demand ratings

Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All Access show that is distributed internationally by Netflix, topped Parrot Analytics’ most recent look at trending digital originals in the Irish market. Star Trek: Discovery garnared an average of 313,215 in-demand expressions – Parrot’s measure of how well a show is doing – in Ireland for the week ending […]

Barack Obama in talks with Netflix

Former US President Barack Obama is set to produce a series of high-profile series for SVOD service Netflix, according to reports. According to the New York Times citing people familiar with the situation, Obama is in “advanced negotiations” with the streamer. Signing a former president would arguably be Netflix’s biggest ever coup, eclipsing big bucks […]

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 […]

Netflix’s Hastings expects US$15bn in subscriber fees this year

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said that Netflix is likely to earn around US$15 billion (€12 billion) in subscription fees this year by holding to its strategy of delivering original content. The streaming giant told Nikkei Asian Review reporters, who first reported the story, that the company’s guiding principle is turning subscribers “hard-earned money” into […]

Cable operators on Netflix: to bill or not to bill

A panel of senior cable executives at Cable Congress in Dublin have expressed a range of opinions on how far it makes sense to embrace and integrate Netflix as part of their TV offerings, with views on the merits of billing integration and the impact of Netflix on the appeal of TV services differing between […]

Netflix introduces PIN parental controls

Netflix is introducing a new parental control PIN for individual movies and series, giving parents more specific control over what children can watch on the service. Netflix said the move is part of its efforts to keep members better informed and more in control of what they and their families choose to watch on the […]

Sky to add Netflix to new pay TV pack

Sky is to bundle subscription video-on-demand service Netflix as part of a new Sky pay TV subscription package in Europe. Customers with Sky’s next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in […]

Vodafone Germany integrated Netflix in GigaTV

Vodafone Deutschland has integrated Netflix’s subscription video-on-demand service into its GigaTV advanced TV offering. Netflix’s service is now available on the GigaTV 4K UHD TV-capable set-top for consumption on the TV and on smartphones and tablets via the GigaTV app. Vodafone said that Netflix’s 1,200 hours of UHD content would now be avialble to Vodafone […]

Netflix expects 700 originals by year-end

Pay streaming giant Netflix expects its US$8 billion content investment in 2018 to result in 700 originals on the service by year-end. Netflix CFO David Wells told delegates at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that 80 of those would be produced outside the US. “Let’s continue to add content,” he said. “It’s […]

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