Disney+ Hotstar at considerable lead over Netflix and local competitors in Indonesia

Disney+ Hotstar has already opened up a sizable lead over Netflix in an increasingly competitive Indonesia. The Southeast Asian country is the fourth most populous in the world, with a total of 270.6 million residents. However, a report from consultancy Media Partners Asia (MPA) notes that only three percent of the country is currently subscribed […]

With WandaVision, Disney shows that it has the scale to be the true Netflix competitor

As Disney launches WandaVision – the first Disney+ original from Marvel Studios – the company kicks off a year which should cement it as the de facto streaming rival to Netflix.   At a time when originals are largely considered to be the selling point of streaming services, it is impressive that Disney+ has amassed more […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Netflix announces UK price increase

Netflix has announced a price hike in the UK as it looks for ways to cover its ever increasing content budget. The streaming leader has told customers that they will be charged more starting from next month. The standard tier, which covers streaming on two screens simultaneously in HD, will be upped from £8.99 to […]

Netflix launches on Amazon smart displays

Netflix is now available on Amazon Echo Show smart display devices.  First announced in September, the addition of Netflix has been a much requested feature for the Amazon smart displays with users already able to access services such as Hulu, NBC, Food Network Kitchen and Tubi. All Echo Show devices going back to the first-generation […]

Government mulls Ofcom regulation for Netflix and other streamers

Tensions between the UK government and Netflix appear to be approaching an all time high, with a culture minister suggesting that the streamer could be brought under Ofcom regulation. The starting point for this dispute stems from the release of the latest season of The Crown, with culture secretary Oliver Dowden saying that Netflix should […]

No plans for disclaimer on The Crown, confirms Netflix

Netflix will not add a content disclaimer to its big-budget drama The Crown, the streamer has said. The series, which charts and dramatises the reign of Elizabeth II, recently launched its fourth season and was met with scrutiny by the UK government, led by culture secretary Oliver Dowden. Dowden told the Mail on Sunday that […]

Activision Blizzard sues Netflix over poaching of CFO

Activision Blizzard, the game publisher behind such titles as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, has sued Netflix over allegations of poaching its execs. The publisher has filed a lawsuit over Netflix’s hiring of Spencer Neumann, its chief financial officer. Activision said that Netflix first approached Neumann in late 2018, with a view to […]

Netflix partners with BBFC to create algorithm for age rating content

Netflix and the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) have developed an algorithm that has automatically generated age ratings across the SVOD’s entire content library in the UK. The regulatory body said that Netflix had become the first streaming service in the UK to carry a certified age rating on all TV seasons and feature […]

Netflix to declare full UK revenues; Dowden demands ‘health warning’ for The Crown

Netflix is to start declaring the more than £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) it makes from British subscribers to UK tax authorities, after facing increasing political pressure and questions around its low tax bill. The move is expected to increase the amount that the streamer pays in UK corporation tax, with Netflix’s UK holding company, Netflix […]