New Zealand’s Rialto teams up with Bruce Tuchman to launch global streamer

Former Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman has linked up with New Zealand’s Rialto Channel to launch a new global streaming and linear service, which has already struck its first deal. Rialto International is a 50-50 joint venture that will offer series, documentaries and independent films to viewers worldwide via bespoke linear networks and on-demand services. […]

TDC names new head of Blockbuster VOD arm

Danish telco and cable operator TDC’s Nuuday services arm has named Louise Stenberg as the new director of its Blockbuster video-on-demand service. Stenberg will take over from Casper Hald, who resigned as director of Blockbuster in November last year to seek new challenges outside Nuuday. Stenberg has held various positions at Nuuday with a focus […]

Sony launches Bravia Core movie service with lossless UHD

Sony has revealed its new line of Bravia XR TV sets, and an accompanying streaming service which promises quality on a par with Blu-ray discs. While platforms such as Netflix do offer streaming in 4K, some videophiles have criticised these providers for encoding practices which have, they claim, negatively impacted video quality. Netflix, for example, […]

RiksTV launches on Samsung Tizen sets

Norwegian DTT provider RiksTV has launched on Samsung smart TVs. Developed by Norigin Media, the apps are available on a range of Samsung Tizen models and utilise the developer’s TV App Framework. RiksTV, Norway’s only TV distributor that provides TV via antenna, internet, and fibre, has coverage in 98% of households in the country. The […]

Now TV hires Universal Pictures marketing man Jamie Schwartz

Sky-owned OTT business Now TV has announced the hiring of Jamie Schwartz as director of brand, marketing and merchandising.  Schwartz, who previously held senior positions at The Weinstein Company, Momentum Pictures and AMV BBDO, joins from Universal Pictures International where he served as EVP of marketing for Focus Features. In that position he was responsible […]

WarnerMedia aims to appease Hollywood with improved payouts for HBO Max-shifted movies

WarnerMedia has reportedly found a way of placating the aggrieved filmmakers who are angry at the company’s decision to shift its entire 2021 cinematic slate to streamer HBO Max. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company’s movie studio Warner Bros. has adjusted the terms of its deals with partners to “guarantee payment regardless of […]

Thai streamer LINE TV launches on ZEASN smart TVs

OTT and smart TV solutions provider ZEASN has announced the launch of Thai video platform LINE TV on its app store for the Whale Eco CTV OS.  LINE TV is one of the most popular video platforms in Thailand, and offers free content to over 40 million viewers in the country. It has content partnerships […]

Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than US$100 million’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal valued at around $100m to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku Channel, while more than a […]

African OTT market set for rapid expansion

The African OTT market is set to reach US$1.7 billion by 2026. According to Digital TV Research, the market is set for an explosion of growth over the coming years, with revenues increasing by well over US$1 billion from 2020. The continent’s collective OTT revenues were only US$392 million at the end of 2020, indicating […]

DAZN poaches Ladbrokes-owner’s CEO in senior reshuffle

Sports streamer DAZN has announced a change at the top of the company as it finalises a corporate restructure that started over six months ago. Acting CEO James Rushton – who was promoted from the role of finance boss in July 2020 – has been confirmed as co-CEO, while DAZN has also announced the hire […]