SVOD


Asian streamer Viu teams up with Discovery for format collaboration

Asian pan-regional OTT service Viu has linked with Discovery for a content collaboration around the format No Sleep No FOMO. The Viu-produced travelogue format, which was named a TBI MIPTV Hot Pick earlier this yearby our sister publication, will air on Discovery Channel and Discovery Asia across 14 markets, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South […]

DirecTV Go expands in Latin America

OTT service DirecTV Go has furthered its Latin American reach. The service is now available in Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. It initially launched in the region in Chile and Colombia in November 2018. DirecTV Go offers access to TV shows, movies and sports online. The company claims it has the most complete sports coverage in […]

Facebook tests aggregate VOD sales

Social media giant Facebook is attempting to make a play in the SVOD space as an aggregator and reseller.  The site is launching a small-scale test to sell subscriptions for four services. These are Britbox, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, MotorTrend app and Tastemade Plus.  The test will only be available in the US and will begin in […]

Half of UK homes now take streaming services as broadcast viewing slides

Half of UK homes now subscribe to streaming services, according to regulator Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report. According to the report, the number of UK households signed up to the most popular streaming platforms – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and Disney Life – increased from 11.2 million or 39% of all homes in 2018 to […]

Discovery ‘assertively leaning in’ to ‘specialty stores’ streaming strategy

Discovery is “assertively leaning in” to build new direct-to-consumer businesses with a “specialty stores” strategy that differentiates it from larger global competitors in the space, according to the company’s senior managers. Speaking on Discovery’s latest quarterly earnings call, CEO David Zaslav said that the company had made “a differentiated bet” based on ownership of intellectual […]

ProSiebenSat.1 profits take a hit, but Joyn reports 3.8m users

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s profits took a hit in the second quarter as the company invests in what it describes as “future-fit entertainment businesses” including Discovery JV Joyn, which recorded over 3.8 million active users and 2.4 million installed apps at the end of the period. ProSiebenSat.1’s CEO Max Conze conceded that the company faced “a […]

Broadcast can compete against SVOD says ABC chief

ABC Entertainment boss Karey Burke has defended broadcast television’s unique ability to market and support new programming, drawing a direct comparison to churn-heavy streaming platforms.  Speaking at her first summer TCA presentation since taking the reins at ABC from Channing Dungey in the autumn, Burke said network TV can “move culture at a scale no […]

Disney announces streaming bundle for US$12.99 

Disney has continued its aggressive streaming strategy by announcing a US$12.99 (€11.76) bundle package of its three streaming services – Hulu, ESPN+ and the soon to launch Disney+. The package, announced by CEO Bob Iger during the company’s Q2 earnings call, will be available in the US from November 12.  It will be comprised of […]

Half of Germans now taking pay TV and streaming services

Over half of German consumers now pay an average of over €30 a month for pay TV and streaming services, according to a study by price comparison site Verivox. According to Verivox’s study, 52% of Germans now watch pay TV and streaming content, spending an average of €31 for the privilege, over and above the […]

European and US internet users turning to smart devices for video

European and US internet audiences are increasingly watching online video on smartphones and smart TVs, according to Ampere Anaysis’ latest consumer barometer. According to Ampere, Europe saw a seven-percentage point jump in those watching content on smart TVs in the year to March 2019, and an eight point increase in those watching on smartphones. While […]