Ofcom: older viewers driving COVID-19 boost in streaming

UK adults doubled the amount of time spent on streamers during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, a report from the country’s media regulator has found. Ofcom revealed the finding in its Media Nations 2020 report, adding that 12 million adults had signed up to streaming services in April, with three million of those having […]

Disney to launch adult-oriented Star streamer internationally in 2021

Buoyed by the news that Disney+ had reached 60.5 million subscribers as part of a total subscriber base of 100 million for its D2C segment, Disney has announced that it will launch a new international streaming service. Launching next year, the company will offer an international streaming service dubbed Star, and while details are scarce, […]

Mulan goes TVOD as Disney attempts to revive faltering movie business

Disney will follow other major movie studios in making its delayed blockbuster Mulan available to rent via Disney+. Like other major movie studios, Disney has had to shelve its major cinematic releases, with Marvel movies The New Mutants and Black Widow both being pushed back to later in 2020. Unfortunate timing meant that the live […]

Disney at 100 million streaming subs but still suffers multi-billion dollar hit

Disney has surpassed a milestone of 100 million streaming subscribers worldwide, but announced a disappointing Q3 with losses of US$5 billion. The company’s D2C streaming segment was the lone bright spark for the company, with Disney+ having 60.5 million paying customers as of Monday – up from 54.5 million on May 4. However, the results […]

NENT Group hires Peter Nørrelund as it looks to expand streaming and sports portfolios

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has announced the appointment of Peter Nørrelund as its EVP and head of expansion and sport. Reporting to CEO Anders Jensen, Nørrelund will be responsible for enhancing NENT’s growing sports rights portfolio while also expanding its Viaplay streaming service. The company’s sports rights portfolio includes the English Premier League, UEFA […]

Hopster announces departure of founder and CEO Nick Walters

High-profile early learning streaming service Hopster has announced that its founder and CEO Nick Walters will be stepping down at the beginning of September. The company said that Walters began transitioning to an advisory role at the beginning of June and that he will officially vacate the position on September 6. Stepping in to fill […]

The average viewer has 1.59 SVOD subscriptions as global total continues to rise

Global SVOD subscriptions grew by more than a quarter in 2019, a year with a number of high-profile streaming service launches and an ongoing trend towards cord-cutting. According to Digital TV Research, the number of gross subscriptions grew by 28% in the year to 642 million up from 503 million the year prior. Showing the […]

Don’t expect BritBox’s expansion to launch it into a Netflix competitor

  The announcement that BritBox is to expand into up to 25 countries was a somewhat unexpectedly timed and exceptionally vague one that left more questions than answered. For starters, the ITV-BBC Studios joint venture failed to actually mention into which countries it would be expanding, giving instead a vague signal towards “Europe, Asia, the […]

SVOD sign ups slow down following bumper Q1

The SVOD market in the UK has slowed in the wake of a surge inspired by the launch of Disney+ in March. According to data analytics firm Kantar, there were 6 million SVOD sign ups during the 3 months to April, but this dipped dramatically down to 826,000 in Q2. Of course, the surge in […]