Hulu international chief departs

Hulu’s senior vice president of international, Johannes Larcher, has reportedly stepped down from the firm. According to Bloomberg, Larcher resigned earlier this month. The news comes as Hulu is said to considering a string of takeover bids from firms including Yahoo!, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV. Larcher joined Hulu in 2009 and two years later […]

Amazon chooses first original TV series

Amazon has selected the pilots that it will take to series with a John Goodman comedy, another from True Blood director Michael Lehmann and three kids series. The five series come from a pool of 14 pilots that Amazon launched on its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm service in the UK […]

Netflix’s Arrested Development launch ‘beats’ House of Cards

Internet traffic data for Netflix users suggests that 10% of Netflix viewers that started watching its new version of Arrested Development at launch had made it to the final, fifteenth, episode by May 27, a day after launch. Netflix does not release any viewing numbers for its content, but the analytics division of US technology […]

Yahoo! reportedly bids up to US$800m for Hulu

Yahoo! has bid between US$600 million (€460 million) and US$800 million for video-on-demand site Hulu, according to stateside reports. All Things Digital reported the figure, while a separate Deadline report named Yahoo! among “at least seven bidders” for the video site. Private equity firms KKR, Guggenheim Partners through its Guggenheim Digital arm, and Silver Lake Partners […]

Viaplay unconcerned by Netflix threat

Modern Times Group-owned over-the-top service Viaplay is unfazed by the competition in the Scandinavian market, even though future quality improvements and content additions could add to the cost of the Viaplay service. Speaking at the Connected TV World summit this morning, Viaplay’s head of online product management Dag Laarson said that despite Netflix’s global scale […]

DirecTV the latest company linked to Hulu

US pay TV platform DirecTV is the latest company to be linked with a move for Hulu. The pay TV company has reportedly been interested in Hulu before and the latest reports come as various companies continue to be linked to a deal for the on-demand service Bloomberg reported last week that Time Warner Cable […]

Netflix reportedly eyeing Netherlands, France, Belgium

Netflix is reportedly looking at the Netherlands, France and Belgium as new European launch markets, according to local reports.  Belgian communications news site Bloovi reported that Netflix was gearing up for a Belgian launch before the end of the year, while Le Soir reported that France and the Netherlands were likely to go live first, […]

Time Warner Cable eyes Hulu stake

US cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly considering taking an equity stake in video-on-demand site Hulu, according to several US reports. Bloomberg reported that discussions between the firms are at an early stage, and said another, unnamed, pay TV company was also mulling a bid for the VOD site. It claimed that a deal […]

Lovefilm’s Vikings invade London with longship publicity stunt

Amazon-owned, UK-based subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm brought two replica Viking longships along the Thames into London as part of a publicity drive for its new series The Vikings. The stunt followed Lovefilm’s dealwith MGM Television, announced last week, to exclusively air all nine episodes of the Norse action drama on the Lovefilm Instant online service. […]

Netflix updates PlayStation 3 player

Netflix has released an updated version of the Netflix player on PlayStation 3 consoles, with smart TV and Blu-ray revamps due to follow. Netflix said the international update is designed to make the design more consistent with the Netflix web player and mobile and tablet apps. It has improved the fast-forward and rewind functions to […]