SVOD


RTL launches revamped TV Now service

RTL Group’s domestic German arm, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, has revamped its OTT TV service TV Now with a range of new, exclusive shows, live content and popular German and US series in a new premium package priced at €4.99. The offering includes all 13 of RTL’s free and pay TV channels alongside on-demand content in […]

Rakuten Viki names new CEO

Rakuten Viki, Rakukten’s “fan-powered video platform and community for global TV” has named Sam Wu as its new CEO. Wu, who was most recently the company’s Senior Vice President of Finance, will take over the position from Interim CEO, Masaya Ueno. Ueno will assume a new role leading Rakuten’s Global Media Business Group. Wu joined […]

New on-demand service FOXNOW and National Geographic+ to launch in Spain

Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has launched FOXNOW, the latest iteration of its VOD strategy, in Spain through an exclusive distribution agreement with Vodafone, with plans to follow up with a launch of the group’s new factual on-demand service National Geographic+. The launch on Vodafone’s network marks the debut of FOXNOW in Europe. The […]

Netflix unveils most binged shows of the year

BBC One co-production Bodyguard and coming-of-age drama On My Block were among Netflix’s most binged US shows of the year. The global SVOD revealed the shows launched between 1 January and 28 November in the US with the highest average watch time per viewing session. The service, which is notorious for keeping tight-lipped on viewership data, made clear that […]

Acorn TV expands to 30 countries

Acorn TV, the US streaming service specialising in British television, is expanding into 30 countries, including India and Australia. The SVOD service, which was launched in the US and Canada in 2011, is now also available for US$4.99 a month in Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela and the Bahamas, among […]

Hayu launches in three new European markets

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV-focused SVOD service, Hayu, has rolled out in three new European markets – the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Benelux launch follows Hayu’s expansion into Canada in September and means that the on-demand offering is now available in 11 markets. NBCU hailed the expansion as “a key milestone”. Priced at €5.99 across the […]

Netflix orders first African original

Netflix has ordered Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent, as its first African original series. The news was confirmed by South African talent and Quantico star Pearl Thusi, who tweeted about the series for the first time today. She said: “#QueenSono – Africa’s first Netflix original! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait […]

Parrot Analytics: Narcos takes top slot in Netflix-heavy Danish in-demand list

Narcos, the latest season of which is now streaming, led the pack by some way in the list of the top 10 most ‘in-demand’ digital originals in Denmark compiled by Parrot Analytics for the week ending December 2. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application […]

Hulu, AT&T reportedly mulling ads when viewers press pause

Hulu and AT&T are both looking at the option of adding advertising to their current, or upcoming, platforms when viewers pause for a break. Hulu intends to unveil what it calls “pause ads” in 2019, according to Variety. AT&T is also looking at the option for its upcoming WarnerMedia-branded streamer, which will launch at the […]

YouSee integrates Netflix into Bland Selv offering

Danish telco TDC, which provides residential services under the YouSee brand, is integrating Netflix into its TV offering and will add a dedicated Netflix button to its TV remote controls next year. YouSee, which already has a partnership with Netflix, is moving to provide integrated billing for the subscription video-on-demand service as part of its […]

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