SVOD


Netflix set to ramp up European production

Netflix is set to increase the number of European titles it produces by a third in 2019, according to the Financial Times. Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals, revealed to the publisher that the streamer will take on 221 projects in the new year, including 153 originals. Netflix is already on track to deliver 141 […]

LOVEStv launches in Spain

LOVEStv, the joint HbbTV-based platform created by Spanish broadcasters RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset España has launched officially. The service’s backers predict that LOVEStv will be installed in two million TV sets by the end of this year. The service currently provides access to seven-day catch-up from its partners, as well as the possibility to start […]

Virgin Media customers with Netflix ‘happier and more loyal’

Virgin Media customers who adopt Netflix via the Virgin Media platform are happier and more loyal than subscribers who don’t take up the SVOD service, and the cable operator’s customers are more likely to subscribe to Netflix than non-customers, according to research by the Liberty Global-owned company. While UK households’ adoption of Netflix stands at […]

Video game viewers ‘more likely’ to sign up for SVOD services

People who watch video games are more likely are more likely to take up subscription video-on-demand services than the average user, while only a minority of US SVOD customers use streaming services more frequently than broadcast or cable TV, according to a survey by Juniper Research. According to Juniper’s Digital TV & Video Streaming Survey: […]

Hopster looking to ‘shake up production’ with originals move

Kids on-demand app Hopster aims to ramp up its currently modest original production efforts by focusing on relatively low budget short-run series that can be extended if they do well, according to CEO Nick Walters. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London this morning, Walters said that Hopster is “trying to shake up […]

Netgem TV launches 4K UHD streamer and mobile app

Netgem TV has launched its 4K UHD smart TV service, combining an app-based TV service available on iOS/Android bundled with the UK’s first Freeview and 4K media streamer, the NetBox 4K. Netgem said that the NetBox 4K is the first device in the UK combining full 4K media streaming capabilities over high-speed WiFi, with the […]

WarnerMedia hires AT&T exec for streaming service

WarnerMedia has appointed AT&T Entertainment’s Brad Bentley as general manager and executive VP for direct-to-consumer development for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch in late 2019. Bentley will be responsible for overall product coordination and for delivering the new WarnerMedia streaming service. He will manage overall cost, schedule and performance of the service. The […]

Now TV looking to add new features

Sky’s UK OTT TV service Now TV aims to add download-to-play to its offering, and will look at adding third-party SVOD options on a case-by-case basis, according to Kelly McAree, head of proposition, Now TV. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London this morning, McAree said that Now TV had ambitions to do […]

C More looking to older Finns to drive uptake of SVOD service

Nordic pay TV operator C More is targeting older, less digital-savvy viewers and focusing on local and national content to differentiate its recently launched subscription video-on-demand offering in a crowded OTT TV market, according to Emmi Vainionpää, director of pay TV at the pay TV outfit. Speaking specifically about C More in the Finnish market […]

France Télévisions to cease putting shows on YouTube as Canal+ reveals new VOD plan

France Télévisions is going to stop distributing complete programmes on YouTube, following director-general Delphine Ernotte’s earlier move to no longer distribute content on Netflix. Taking part in a discussion on the future of television at an event organised by Les Echos and France Info – and sponsored by Google – at the end of last […]