Amazon adds ‘On Now’ channel navigation to Fire TV

Amazon has added two new features designed to make it easier for US subscribers to its Amazon Channels initiative to watch live programmes through their Fire TV device. Users that have signed up to access TV channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime through Amazon will now see a new row on their Fire TV homepage […]

France Télévisions targeting 10% share of SVOD market

France Télévisions hopes to make €40-50 million from its planned SVOD service within five years, and €15-20 million within three years, according to commercial development director Julien Verley, cited by financial daily Les Echos. Verley said that the pubcaster was aiming for a 10% share of the SVOD market in three-to-five years. The broadcaster aims […]

BritBox squares up to rivals with Bletchley Circle original drama

Best-of-British SVOD service BritBox has commissioned its first original drama, a spin-off of ITV drama The Bletchley Circle. The US service has pooled together with UK broadcaster ITV, which is one of its investors, on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. This marks BritBox out as the latest SVOD player to get in on the original […]

YouTube Red to launch in multiple markets this year

YouTube Red, the Google-owned video site’s paid offering, will launched in multiple markets internationally this year, according to chief business officer Robert Kyncl. Kyncl, interviewed by French financial daily Les Echos, said that YouTube’s deal with Univeral Music last month gave it the licenses to distribute the Universal Music catalogue on both a free and pay basis […]

Netflix bolsters Indian offer with new Discovery net fare

Netflix is attempting to make up lost ground in India by snagging rights to programming from a new local Discovery-operated network. Netflix has beaten off the likes of Amazon Prime Video to land programming from Jeet, a new channel launching in India next month on DTH and cable platforms. The deal means Netflix has exclusive […]

Hulu reaches 17m subscribers in 2017

Hulu ended last year with more than 17 million total US subscribers across its subscription video-on-demand and live TV offerings. The figure marks a 40% increase from Hulu’s last publicly reported number, with its subscriber growing by more than five million users compared to 2016. Announcing the stats, Hulu said that its total audience has […]

Netflix UK subs rate slows as Now TV gains – BARB

Netflix added new subscribers at a slower rate than SVOD rivals Amazon Prime Video and Now TV in the UK in 2017, but remains the dominant local payer, according to BARB research. Overall, 9.5 million households in the UK have at least one SVOD subscription, with Netflix taking 7.5 million of them. This equals a […]

Amazon teams with ITV for Kate Beckinsale drama

Amazon Prime Video and UK broadcaster ITV are coproducing a limited drama series starring Kate Beckinsale. The Widow will see the Underworld franchise actor playing a grieving widow who receives a phone call that turns her life upside down and takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Commissioning broadcaster ITV, which first announced the […]

OTT TV service WhereverTV teams with Google for Lat Am launch

US-based OTT TV player WhereverTV is launching a Spanish-language WhereverTV Latino service in Latin America in a partnership with Google. The subscription service, which is available on smartphones, tablets, streaming media players, computers and smart TVs, is now available on the web, via an Android app and via Chromecast in Mexico and Latin America, following […]

Netflix’s Stranger Things takes top in-demand slot in Italy

Netflix’s Stranger Things topped the chart of most ‘in-demand’ digital originals in Italy in the week to December 30, according to the latest analysis by Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan […]

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