Liberty Global extends Netflix deal

Liberty Global has renewed and extended its distribution partnership with Netflix. The parties have announced a multi-year deal that will see over 11 million customers have access to the Netflix service. Liberty Global’s Virgin Media was the first TV operator in Europe to launch Netflix within its platform, with the company now noting that half […]

Netflix allows users to turn off autoplay

One of Netflix’s most-requested features is now available to users – the ability to turn off homepage autoplay. Since 2016, users scrolling through the smart TV Netflix app have been presented with trailers and clips as a taster of the film or show. At its launch, the company’s director of product innovation Stephen Garcia said […]

Will Netflix look eastwards as the US becomes more congested in 2020?

The end of 2019 was an overachievement for Netflix. This is not an editorialised judgement, but rather one from the company itself.  In Q4, the company added 8.8 million subscribers, notably more than its forecast 7.6 million growth. Streaming ARPU increased by 9% year-over-year and it met its full year operating margin target of 13%. […]

Swisscom integrates Netflix in Swisscom TV X offering

Swisscom is launching a new TV package that incorporates Netflix at a discounted price. The new offering, Swisscom TV X, will include Netflix’s standard HD package alongside a large number of pay TV channels, ,seven-day catch-up TV and 1,200 hours of recording time for CHF50 (€47) a month. For an additional CHF5 a month, customers […]

Netflix overachieves on subscriber growth as competition begins to bite in US

Netflix has reported a strong end to 2019, adding 8.8 million paying subscribers, well ahead of its forecast of 7.6 million. However, in a sign that the competitive landscape is changing, the vast bulk of its net adds came from its international operations, particularly EMEA, with the US subscriber base growing by only 420,000 compared […]

SVOD viewing time continued to grow in 2019

Viewing time of Netflix and Hulu in the US increased in 2019. Continuing the industry’s ongoing trend towards streaming, American consumers watched about 20 more minutes watching Netflix than in 2018. According to the NPD Group, weekly time spent watching the top two SVOD services rose by 7%, growing from 3 hours 45 minutes in […]

Netflix: New Sky deal; French focus; Gibhli get; Royal interest

Netflix has announced an extended multi-year agreement with Sky in the UK.  The streamer initially signed a distribution deal with Sky in 2018 to bring its app to the Sky Q platform. In a release, Sky said this new deal will expand upon the initial agreement, and give customers the option to take up Netflix’s […]

Netflix’s Sarandos: “who wouldn’t be interested” in deal with Harry and Meghan?

Netflix is interested in doing a deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, chief content officer Ted Sarandos has said.  Speaking at an event in Los Angeles, Sarandos said: “Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, sure.” There has been much speculation as to what is next for the couple who are in the process of withdrawing […]

Netflix raises Belgian subscription prices

Netflix has announced a price increase for Belgium. According to Le Soir, the ubiquitous streamer will raise the price of its standard and premium subscriptions by €1 and €2 to €11.99 and €15.99 per month respectively. The company will keep the basic subscription at €7.99 per month, a price which has not been raised since […]

Netflix ‘Gay Jesus’ comedy ban overturned in Brazil

The Brazilian Supreme Court has overruled a Rio de Janeiro judge who ordered Netflix to take down The First Temptation of Christ – a controversial comedy that depicts Jesus as gay. The Brazilian Christmas special sparked outrage in the largely conservatively Christian nation, with more than two million people signing a petition calling for its […]