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OTT TV service Viu strikes deal for local content in Thailand

PCCW Media Group-owned Asian OTT TV service Viu has struck a deal with leading Thai entertainment company GMM Channel to bring local content to its platform. The deal will see Viu add up to 200 hours of selected premium content from GMM25 under GMM Channel for Viu audience in Thailand, Viu will be the only […]

AMC’s Sundance Now streaming service takes Sharon Horgan show

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service, has picked up Sharon Horgan’s British TV series Motherland. The series, written and created by Horgan, Holly Walsh, and Graham and Helen Linehan, will make its exclusive US debut with the first two episodes premiering on the service on May 10. Motherland follows Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), who always […]

Crunchyroll debuts linear block in Brazilian market

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll is to launch on linear TV in Brazil tomorrow as a block on Rede Brasil (RBTV). The anime and manga service will air a one-hour block featuring two subtitled programmes, Black Clover and Re: Zero. The hour will also include around 8 minutes of local programming from Crunchyroll’s Brazilian community managers  […]

Video ‘driving adoption’ as Amazon Prime passes 100m members

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed in his yearly shareholders letter that Prime now has 100 million members, which he partly attributes to continuing content expansion. In the statement, Bezos said that Prime Video, “continues to drive Prime Member adoption and retention.” The company’s expansion in content and investment in originals such as The Marvelous Mrs. […]

AMC Networks invests in US$75m FuboTV funding round

US sports and TV streaming service FuboTV has secured US$75 million (€60 million) in new funding from companies including AMC Networks and previous investor Sky. Other investors include 21st Century Fox, Luminari Capital, NorthZone and Discovery-owned Scripps Networks Interactive. The streaming outfit plans to use the money to hire more engineers as well as to […]

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 […]

Com Hem looks to OTT SVOD as ‘next step’ in convergence strategy

Swedish cable operator sees OTT TV as a “natural next step” to extend its reach following the launch of a box-less subscription video-on-demand offering in April. Com Hem, which saw its TV base fall in the first quarter, highlighted both its launch of its advanced TV box and a new OTT SVOD service as evidence […]

ESPN+ launches on Roku

ESPN’s new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, ESPN+, has launched on Roku devices in the US. The service is available within the updated ESPN channel on Roku, offering sports such as Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), Grand Slam tennis and PGA Tour golf for US$4.99 a month or $49.99 […]

Formula 1 unveils launch plan for OTT TV service

Formula 1 is to officially launch its planned OTT TV service in May in time for the Spanish Grand Prix. The service will run in a closed beta version to small group of fans ahead of the Spanish competition. The closed group will test the service during the upcoming Formula 1 2018 1 Heineken Chinese […]

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