Netflix unveils raft of European originals

Netflix is set to launch a new string of European originals including a Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) football drama and its first Dutch original. The Fellowes drama will see Netflix and London and LA-based prodco 42 look at football from a class perspective, featuring both Etonians and factory workers alike. For its first Dutch series, […]

Netflix reports another stellar quarter of subscriber and revenue growth

Netflix added a record number of first quarter subscribers and grew its streaming revenues by 43% year-on-year in what was another sterling three-month period for the online video giant. Netflix said it added 7.41 million members in the first quarter – 1.96 million in the US and 5.46 million internationally. This was up 50% compared […]

Comcast to bundle Netflix in expanded partnership deal

Comcast has expanded its partnership with Netflix, with the US pay TV giant now set to offer Netflix subscriptions as part of new and existing Xfinity packages. Comcast said it will launch a variety of initial offers this month, handling Netflix-related billing so that customers can pay for the bundled offers through a single monthly […]

Ovum: Netflix users prefer viewing on smart TVs

Netflix viewers “by far” prefer tuning into the subscription video-on-demand service on smart TVs than other devices, according to Ovum stats. The research firm found that 44% of survey respondents across five markets said that the smart TV was their favourite screen for watching Netflix, with screen size and ease of use cited as the […]

Netflix reportedly in talks to acquire Luc Besson studio

Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares […]

Netflix appoints former US national security advisor to the board

Netflix has appointed Ambassador Susan E. Rice, a former US national security advisor and ambassador to the United Nations, to its board of directors. The US video streaming giant said that Rice’s experience would benefit the company, while Rice said that she deeply admires, and is thrilled to be joining, the “cutting-edge company”. “We are […]

ComReg: 42% of Irish homes have Netflix

More than two in five Irish households now use Netflix, according to research by Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The 2017 Ireland Communicates survey, which was conducted in partnership with Ipsos MRBI, found that Netflix now has 42% uptake in Ireland, with the figure higher among younger people. Netflix was used by 56% of […]

Parrot Analytics: Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Stranger Things top German in-demand list

Netflix enjoyed a clean sweep in Parrot Analytics’ latest assessment of in-demand digital originals in Germany, topped by Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Stranger Things. 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 sites, peer-to-peer protocols […]

Netflix teams up with Formula 1 for documentary series

Netflix has partnered with Formula 1 for a season-long collaboration on a docu-series that follows the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, set to be screened in early 2019. The original series will take audiences inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1. It will have exclusive access […]

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 […]

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