Is BT’s flexible offer the answer to pay TV’s ills?

“As long as the pay TV incumbents continue to innovate, their services will remain sufficiently compelling to ensure their long-term success,” wrote Adam Thomas, lead analyst of global TV markets at Omdia in a Guardian piece from 2013.  While written almost seven years ago, this is the mentality that BT was banking on when it […]

Disney+ app launches on Vizio smart TVs

TV maker Vizio has signed a deal with Disney to bring the Disney+ SVOD to its SmartCast smart TV platform. While users had previously been able to access cast the streamer to their TV sets via Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, this update will allow viewers to launch the app and search for Disney+ content […]

British SVOD penetration at 50.5%

SVOD penetration in the UK has surpassed 50% for the first time. According to a new report from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), the number of UK homes with a subscription to at least one of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Now TV – the three leaders in the country – was at 14.27 […]

Rakuten TV launches Kids TV channel

AVOD platform Rakuten TV has announced the launch of the new Kids TV channel. As the title would suggest, the channel will offer a range of children’s content and launches in partnership with Aardman Animations, Milimages, Motion Pictures and Lingokids. Rakuten TV is available in more than 42 countries, with the company claiming to be […]

DAZN Media offers ‘biggest-ever football package’ to sponsors

Sports streamer DAZN is looking to take on traditional sports sponsors with the launch of its Global Football Package. Offered through DAZN’s ad division – DAZN Media – the offer is the company’s “biggest-ever football package” and offers one brand partner access to more than 400 million football fans in over 40 markets. The package […]

DAZN picks up Wilder Fury II in five markets

Sports streamer DAZN has acquired the exclusive rights to the fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on February 22. The hotly anticipated fight will be broadcast exclusively by DAZN in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. DAZN will also have non-exclusive rights to the fight in Switzerland. Dubbed ‘Unfinished Business’ the fight will see the […]

ZEE5 launches on Roku

Indian streamer ZEE5 has launched on Roku.  Available in over 190 countries and offering over 100,000 hours ov Indian video entertainment, the app is now available to Roku’s 36.9 million active monthly users. The app is now available on Roku TV and Roku streaming devices, adding to a roster that already includes Samsung Smart TV, […]

Asian streamer Viu reaches 41.4 million monthly active users

Viu, the Hong Kong-based OTT video service, has reached a major milestone of over 40 million monthly active users. The PCCW Media Group-owned streamer announced that it reached 41.4 million monthly active users by the end of 2019, representing a year-over-year increase of 35%. The company also noted that video views grew 69% to 5.7 […]

OTT continues to rise with majority of users streaming more content than ever

The growth of streaming as central to TV viewing has been brought to new light by a new report. According to CenturyLink, over 80% of consumers are streaming more video than three years ago, while 45% of respondents defined TV as being delivered over the internet. These figures come from a survey carried out by […]

Google turns off App Store payments for YouTube TV

Google will no longer accept YouTube TV payments made through Apple’s App Store. YouTube TV is Google’s cord-cutting competitor to Hulu Plus Live TV in the US, and offers a range of live channels starting at US$50 per month. In an email sent to users, Google confirmed that it would shut off the ability to […]

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