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Netflix is Just For Kids on PS3

Netflix has launched its Just For Kids portal on PlayStation 3 consoles in the UK and Ireland. The curated section targets kids aged 12 years and younger. PS3 can search for titles by character, including Sonic, Johnny Test, Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and Madeline. Titles are also arranged by genre, including superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs […]

Hulu to sell original series internationally

Online video service Hulu is to start selling its original series to international broadcasters after striking a deal with distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises. This follows Hulu’s aggressive expansion into original content with series including political comedy Battleground, which is produced by (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, documentary series A Day In The Life, produced […]

Lovefilm launches Disney’s on-demand service in Germany


Lovefilm Germany has launched Disney’s branded ABC On Demand service. The deal means that Lovefilm customers in Germany can access ABC Studios series including Lost and Desperate Housewives on-demand via their PC, tablet or connected games console or TV. The service is packaged with Lovefilm’s Ultimate package, which costs €9.99 per month.
Disney has now rolled […]

Netflix beating US pay TV VOD, says study

Netflix’s US subscribers watched 80% more streaming video hours in the fourth quarter of last year than were viewed on all pay TV video-on-demand systems taken together, according to a study by research group TDG. TDG said that pay TV operators’ lack of attention to advertising-supported VOD meant that total VOD use still represented only […]

Netflix suffers as key content deal lapses and competition ramps up


Netflix’s share price has suffered a sharp decline in recent days as market watchers prepare to see the impact of it losing a key programming deal and following a downgrade from investment bank Raymond James. The content streaming and delivery company’s deal with Starz for TV series and movies lapses this week just as the […]

Netflix in Playstation Vita launch

Online video service Netflix is to launch via new computer game console Playstation Vita after striking a deal with its parent company Sony. The move will make Netflix’s streaming service available via the handheld console, which is the successor to the Playstation Portable. The agreement will initially cover Netflix’s subscribers in the United States, Canada […]

Netflix inks content deal with the Weinsteins

Netflix has inked a programming deal with the Weinstein Group. The content streaming and delivery service’s deal with the movie producer and distributor gives it access to a raft of features including The Artist, which will now debut on Netflix ahead of premium cable in the US. The multiyear deal also gives US-listed Netflix Weinstein’s […]

Maxdome inks content deal with Fox


German online on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox. The service, which is owned by German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1, has acquired a package of 250 movies from Fox, which will be added to its online video store. Titles include Alvin and the Chipmunks and Planet of the Apes. […]

Hulu and Netflix examine Russian market

Executives from streaming services Hulu and Netflix have met with Russian content owners and technical companies with a view to launching in the country, according to Russian newspaper Vedomosti. It says that Hulu’s senior vice-president, Johannes Larcher, was in the country attending these meetings and assessing the demand for streaming services. It added that the […]

Two more executives leave Lovefilm, Buckle named MD

Two more senior executives are leaving UK online video and DVD rental provider Lovefilm following the departure of CEO Simon Calver. Group digital officer Lesley MacKenzie and chief technology officer Mike Blakemore have now also left the company, DTVE Daily can report. The departures of Calver, MacKenzie and Blakemore come a year after online retailer […]