Competition Commission performs Sky Movies U-turn

The UK Competition Commission has changed its position on Sky Movies and now says the channel’s movie agreements do not provide the Sky pay TV platform with a material advantage over its rivals in the pay TV retail market. The Commission, which is investigating whether Sky Movies has a dominant position in the market, had […]

Netflix ups Cindy Holland to international role

Netflix has promoted Cindy Holland to vice-president, original content and content acquisition making her responsible for acquiring and launching original series across the streaming service’s entire 25 million-strong domestic and international customer base.
 Jason Ropell, who joined Netflix last year, meanwhile, will take on Holland’s former responsibilities and oversee licensing content for the US market […]

Netflix launches updated web video player

Netflix has launched an updated web video player for viewing of the online video service on PCs and Macs. New features include scalable controls, making it easier to use the player on large screens. The player will also scale down to smaller windows, as well as stretching to the full window in the browser. Full […]

Netflix to launch in Sweden

US online video streaming service Netflix is launching in Sweden later this year, our sister publication TBI has revealed. Sweden will be the latest European country to be targeted by the service following its launch in the UK and Ireland and comes after it announced it would speed up its international plans. TBI understands that […]

Netflix looking to new European launch

US online video service Netflix is gearing up to launch in additional European territories this year following the success of its launch in the UK and Ireland.
 CEO Reed Hastings said that the company was set to return to global profitability in the second quarter of the year and, as a result, would speed up […]

Ofcom warns Competition Commission not to overstate Netflix impact on Sky

UK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition Commission not to overestimate the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm on the pay TV market in the UK when considering BSkyB’s allegedly dominant position in the supply of pay TV movies. Ofcom said on Friday that the market impact of the US online video-on-demand service and its […]

Netflix signs UK rights for original series

Netflix has picked up the UK and Irish rights to Nordic mob drama Lilyhammer after striking a deal with SevenOne International. The move follows the launch of Lilyhammer on the streaming service in the United States, marking the company’s first moves into original series. The series will be available on the service after its initial […]

Netflix launches on Windows Phone in the UK and Ireland

Netflix has launched its service in the UK, Ireland and Latin America on the Windows Phone platform. Netflix released an updated, international version of its existing US app for Windows Phone, which it said would significantly increase the number of mobile devices supported by Netflix in its international markets. Netflix is available on all Windows […]

Netflix chief: no need to regulate Sky Movies

US online video service Netflix has called for possible moves to have rival pay TV service BSkyB’s movie channels regulated by competition authorities to be scrapped and said he was prepared for a fair fight with the News Corp-backed service. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, speaking at the MediaGuardian Changing Media Summit, said that he doesn’t […]

UK authorities include Netflix, LoveFilm in pay TV probe

The UK Competition Commission has widened the scope of its investigation in to the pay TV movie market in the UK to include streaming services Netflix and Lovefilm. UK pay TV operator BSkyB has lobbied for including these companies in the investigation and the Commission has now confirmed that it will do so, before publishing […]