Altice Portugal strikes deal with Netflix

Altice Portugal/Meo has added Netflix to its TV offering via the MEObox. The global subscription video-on-demand leader will appear in the MEObox user grid on channel 88. Meo said it would also soon make 1,200 hours of Netflix 4K content available via the MEObox 4K, its new 4K UHD TV set-top. The agreement will bring […]

Netflix highlights studio ambitions, focus on partnerships

Netflix sees a growing proportion of its international subscriber base coming from distribution partnerships, while its increased content spend next year will see it “become one of the most important studios” globally, according to Maria Ferreras, VP of business development EMEA at the SVOD giant. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London today, […]

One in five French internet users now taking SVOD

Over one in five French internet users over the age of six subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand offering this year, up from 15% in 2016, according to figures released by audience research outfit Médiamétrie. According to Médiamétrie, 21% took an SVOD service of some sort this year, led primarily by Netflix. Canalplay and SFR Play […]

Euskaltel strikes 4K deal with Netflix, expands into new regions

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has signed a deal to provide Netflix via its new 4K UHD TV boxes from next year and has separately unveiled plans to expand to other areas of Spain outside its existing markets of the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia. The deal with Netflix will see Euskaltel become the first […]

Netflix orders LA-set French comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Gad Elmaleh, handing the French comedian his own series and an English-language stand-up special. The SVOD service ordered a French language stand-up special from Elmaleh in January this year, and has now put an eight-part comedy into production. Huge in France, a half-hour scripted show, follows Elmaleh as he […]

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 […]

Netflix folds House of Cards amid Spacey claims

Netflix has cancelled the show that has been core to its popularity, House of Cards. The show will end after the upcoming sixth season is complete, with the decision made public soon after allegations of sexual assault were made against its leading star and producer Kevin Spacey. Earlier this week Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony […]

Netflix appoints chief talent officer

Netflix has promoted Jessica Neal to chief talent officer, leading the group responsible for culture, human resources, and recruiting and training. Neal first joined Netflix in 2006 but left in 2013 to become head of human resources at online education company, Coursera, and later chief people officer at mobile games firm Scopely. She returned to […]

IHS Markit: Netflix and Amazon struggling in Middle East

Netflix and Amazon are struggling to make headway in the Middle East and will together take just 21% of the local subscription video on-demand market this year, according to IHS Markit. According to the analyst group, a lack of localisation resulted in a relatively weak entrance, leaving the pair with just a fifth of the […]

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