SVOD stacking on the rise in US and Europe

SVOD stacking – defined as subscribing to three or more streaming services – is on the rise both in the US and Europe, according to Ampere Analysis. According to the research outfit, the proportion of Internet users with three or more SVOD subscriptions has grown 6.6% since Q3 2018, while in Europe growth has been […]

Roku announces Brazilian expansion

Leading TV streaming platform Roku has announced its expansion into Brazil. Announcing the news, Roku CEO Anthony Wood said that the country is “one of the largest streaming markets in the world.” Figures from Ampere Analysis seem to back this up, with it previously being estimated that Brazil is the ninth-biggest OTT subscriber market in […]

Disney+ is launching a week earlier than expected in Europe

Disney has pushed up the European launch of Disney+ by a week and confirmed its pricing. The company had previously set the launch date for the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland to March 31, but that date is now March 24. Disney also added that the streamer will come to additional […]

Harrison in as BritBox UK managing director

ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox has hired Will Harrison as its UK managing director. Harrison joins from TV and film investment firm Ingenious Media, where he has been managing director since May 2018. Before that he worked at Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for the Harry […]

Why 2019 was the year of Discovery

After a year that started with the global president of Animal Planet dramatically withdrawing from taking over as the CEO of the English Premier League, Discovery Networks International has revealed that 2019 was its biggest year ever in the UK.  Audience share for the broadcaster increased by 7% and VOD requests surpassed 60 million. This […]

ZEE5 opens up on Bangladeshi expansion

Asian streamer ZEE5 has unveiled its plans for its Bangladesh expansion.  At the focus will be original content, with the launch of ZEE5’s first Bangladeshi originals to be released in 2020. Both – romantic film Jodi… Kintu… Tobuo and crime series Contract – will be produced with local production house Asiatic’s Good Company with a […]

NBCU lifts lid on freemium Peacock

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

Hopster takes leap into Africa

Early learning entertainment platform Hopster has launched in Africa, in partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom and Congolese telco MTN. The launch also comes in partnership with mobile and web application platform provider AfrikaStream. In addition to worldwide brands like Pingu and Peppa Pig, users will be able to access Nigerian series Bino and Fino along […]

Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit which alleges that Servant – developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan – plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on a mother who is […]

Parrot Analytics: The Mandalorian is king in Italy

Picking up from the end of 2019, Disney+’s The Mandalorian has started the new decade atop Parrot Analytics’ originals in-demand chart for the week ending January 12 in Italy. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social […]

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