Rivals gaining on still-dominant Netflix in US

Rival services Hulu and Amazon Prime are making up ground in the battle with Netflix in the US, with the latter remaining dominant but losing market share, according to eMarketer. According to the research outfit, Netflix’s share of the US OTT market will drop to 87% this year, down from 90% in 2014. It predicts […]

Polish football league launches international streaming service

The Polish Ekstraklasa football league has launched its own OTT TV streaming service, According to the league, it expects the service to deliver additional revenue and to serve as a way to way to reach fans of Polish football around the world. The service will include live coverage of matches with Polish-language match commentary […]

AMC adds SVOD services to YouTube TV

AMC has signed a deal with YouTube to bring two of its proprietary subscription services to YouTube TV.  Acorn TV is dedicated to British dramas, while the Urban Movie Channel (UMC) features a selection of black TV shows and films. The former is available as a US$6 per month subscription, while UMC costs US$5 per […]

Amazon denies ambition to ‘gobble up rights’ and names European Studios execs

Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown has outlined the company’s rapidly growing commissioning structure across the continent and reiterated that the streamer doesn’t want to “gobble up all rights.” Amazon Studios has been focusing its attention on setting up offices across Europe over the past six months, with its “first phase” of appointing country-based […]

Eros signs distribution deal with Vodafone Qatar

Indian OTT platform holder Eros International has signed a deal with Vodafone Qatar. The partnership will see over 1.8 million Vodafone subscribers in the country have access to Eros Now, the Bollywood-oriented VOD platform.  Users will also be able to access the company’s new Eros Now Quickie short-format content.  Globally, Eros Now boasts 18.8 million […]

Conviva: connected TV driving US streaming hours growth

Streaming viewing hours in the US grew by 130% in the year to June, with connected TV devices leading the growth, according to Conviva’s latest State of the Streaming TV Industry snapshot. Conviva also found that viewers have diminishing tolerance for adverts that buffer or that last longer than 10 seconds. Connected TV viewing hours […]

Eros Now becomes first Indian OTT to secure Chinese distribution

Indian production and distribution company Eros has signed a deal with Chinese telco Wasu to extend its Eros Now OTT platform into the country.  The deal will see Eros Now as the only Indian OTT player to be distributed in China.  Wasu has 125 million users via its cable TV, OTT, IPTV distribution network that […]

Apple eyes November launch for Apple TV+ at US$9.99

Apple is planning on rolling out its premium streaming service for US$9.99 per month starting in November. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company wants Apple TV+ to be a part of its drive to reach US$50 billion in service sales by 2020 with a launch globally in over 150 countries.  The pricing puts […]

Disney announces international launch for Disney+

Disney has announced the international launch of its new streaming platform Disney+ in four countries. The service will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the US launch on November 12. That will be followed by a launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19. Pricing will be competitively placed at €6.99 […]

Australian SVOD take-up sees dramatic growth

Some 12.3 million Australians subscribe to SVOD services, far outnumbering those with pay TV, with 43% of households now taking multiple services, up from 30% last year, according to research by local technology analyst outfit Telsyte. According to Telsyte’s the number of subscription video-on-demand customers has jumped 29% in one year, meaning that 55% of […]

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