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Netflix ups Cindy Holland to international role

Netflix has promoted Cindy Holland to vice-president, original content and content acquisition making her responsible for acquiring and launching original series across the streaming service’s entire 25 million-strong domestic and international customer base.
 Jason Ropell, who joined Netflix last year, meanwhile, will take on Holland’s former responsibilities and oversee licensing content for the US market […]

Hulu unveils more original programming, acquisitions

US streaming service Hulu has unveiled a new programming slate comprising three original series and seven acquisitions. The original series include a movie review show hosted by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and a travel series from Richard Linklater (School of Rock).
 The ten-episode movie series, Spoilers, is produced by Smith’s SModCo and will launch on June […]

Netflix launches updated web video player

Netflix has launched an updated web video player for viewing of the online video service on PCs and Macs. New features include scalable controls, making it easier to use the player on large screens. The player will also scale down to smaller windows, as well as stretching to the full window in the browser. Full […]

Netflix to launch in Sweden

US online video streaming service Netflix is launching in Sweden later this year, our sister publication TBI has revealed. Sweden will be the latest European country to be targeted by the service following its launch in the UK and Ireland and comes after it announced it would speed up its international plans. TBI understands that […]

Maxdome teams with Accedo for TV apps

German video-on-demand provider Maxdome has partnered with Accedo Broadband to deliver connected TV apps for multiple platforms. The first app launched under the partnership was a Panasonic Viera Connect application launched at the end of March, giving viewers access to a vast catalogue of 45,000 video titles. The two companies are also working together to […]

Hulu reportedly moving to allow only pay TV users to view

US online TV service Hulu is taking the first steps towards making content on its service only available to existing pay TV subscribers, according to a report in the New York Post. According to the Post, citing unnamed sources, the move towards an authentication model – whereby viewers would have to log in with their […]

Hulu backers tipped to buy Providence’s 10% stake

Online TV service Hulu’s studio backers are close to buying out private equity partner Providence according to various reports that surfaced last night. Disney, Comcast and News Corp will reportedly buy Providence’s 10% share in the online catch-up and original programming service for about US$200 million (€150 million). Should a transaction be executed for that […]

Netflix looking to new European launch


US online video service Netflix is gearing up to launch in additional European territories this year following the success of its launch in the UK and Ireland.
 CEO Reed Hastings said that the company was set to return to global profitability in the second quarter of the year and, as a result, would speed up […]

Ofcom warns Competition Commission not to overstate Netflix impact on Sky

UK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition Commission not to overestimate the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm on the pay TV market in the UK when considering BSkyB’s allegedly dominant position in the supply of pay TV movies. Ofcom said on Friday that the market impact of the US online video-on-demand service and its […]

Netflix signs UK rights for original series

Netflix has picked up the UK and Irish rights to Nordic mob drama Lilyhammer after striking a deal with SevenOne International. The move follows the launch of Lilyhammer on the streaming service in the United States, marking the company’s first moves into original series. The series will be available on the service after its initial […]