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Twitch signs trio to exclusive streaming deals

chTwitch has announced multi-year exclusive streaming deals with three top personalities: Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, Brett “Dakotaz” Hoffman (4.4 million), and Josh “JoshOG” Beaver (1.7 million). Summit1G is the largest of the signees with 5.3 million followers on the platform, while Dakotaz has 4.4 million and JoshOG has 1.7 million. Michael Aragon, Twitch’s SVP of content, […]

Almost 4 billion hours watched as live streaming industry benefits from lockdown

The live streaming industry is thriving amid the global lockdown, with the sector growing a full 45% between March and April. According to the latest State of the Stream report from Stream Elements and Arsenal.gg, “the pandemic-driven shelter-in-place mandates have supersized the industry.” The overall sector grew by 99% year-over-year in terms of hours watched, […]

Ampere: Netflix and Amazon going local but facing more competition

Streaming providers Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are investing more in local content in international markets with an increasing focus on Asian markets such as Japan and India, where they are also facing competition from local players, according to Ampere Analysis. The research outfit says that the 15 markets that spend the most on original […]

Twitch launches dedicated esports section

Twitch may be the world’s leading video game streamer, but esports – despite being one of the biggest draws for viewers to the Amazon-owned service – has mostly been underrepresented and can be difficult to find on the platform. The company is now looking to rectify that with the introduction of a dedicated esports directory […]

Twitch suffers outage

Amazon-owned game streaming platform Twitch suffered an outage on March 30. The streamer confirmed on Twitter that it was investigating issues, only to say they were fixed an hour or so later. Downdetector, which monitors the status of websites, showed that users were having problems with the website, the ability to log in and poor […]

Real Madrid launches channel on Twitch

Iconic Spanish football club Real Madrid has launched a channel on Amazon-owned video game streamer Twitch.  The channel was launched to coincide with La Liga’s esports tournament which attracted more than a million viewers and happened to be won by Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio. A sports team operating a Twitch channel is not a […]

Amazon makes kids content free during coronavirus; launches profiles

Amazon is making a portion of its children’s programming available for free as the world battles against the coronavirus pandemic. The company announced that 40 family and kids’ shows will be available for all Amazon customers, regardless or whether they have a Prime subscription. Series available include Arthur, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom […]

Disney postpones French Disney+ rollout as major streamers agree to reduce bandwidth usage

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

Amazon adds OCS to French Channels offering

Amazon has added Orange’s premium TV offering OCS to its Prime Video Channels line-up in France. The agreement between the pair will mean that Prime members in France will be able to subscribe and watch shows on the OCS service, which is home to HBO content in France with series including Westworld, Watchmen, The Walking […]

Netflix produced nine times more content than Amazon in 2019 with international expansion key

Netflix’s clear focus on original content has been underlined by a new report which revealed the streamer launched about nine times as much original programming as primary competitor Amazon Prime Video. According to new figures from Omdia’s Original Online Production Report – 2020, Netflix released 2,701 hours of original programming in 2019, compared to 314 […]