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Yahoo pulls out of Hulu bidding

Online giant Yahoo has withdrawn from the bidding for Hulu. The online video company is being sold by owners Disney, News Corp, Comcast and private equity firm Providence and the field of suitors has narrowed since they put it on the block earlier this year. Amazon and Google are still in for Hulu as is […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Troubled Netflix scraps Qwikster plans

Netflix has backed down from plans to separate its video streaming and DVD rental businesses. Last month, Reed Hastings, CEO of the company, announced plans to rebrand its DVD business to Qwikster, saying it would operate a completely separate website to the streaming service, meaning customers wanting rental and streaming services would require two subscriptions […]

Lovefilm Germany launches iPhone app

Lovefilm Germany has launched an app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, provides access to about 45,000 movie titles. Lovefilm, which already streams movies via the Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia connected LCD TVs and Blu-ray players, also recently signed a deal […]

TiVo chief: cable should embrace OTT

Cable operators should consider bundling over-the-top services from the likes of Netflix as part of their offering, according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. Speaking at an Advertising Week event in New York, Rogers said that TiVo was now seeing greater interest in its products from US cable operators. He said that it was important for […]

Microsoft names European content partners for XBox Live TV

  The BBC, Lovefilm, Telefónica and Mediaset will be amongst the European content providers offering services on Microsoft’s Xbox Live TV service when it launches this autumn. Microsoft has announced over 40 global content partners for the service that will be available on XBox 360 games consoles connected to the internet. Other partners announced today […]

Microsoft reportedly in talks with Lovefilm for XBox Live service

Microsoft is in talks to offer online pay TV services via the Xbox 360 games console from media companies including the UK’s Lovefilm, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft may announce an expanded XBox Live service as early as this week, […]

Lovefilm launches iPad streaming service

Online streaming service and DVD rental company Lovefilm is launching an application on the Apple iPad. The app will allow subscribers to watch television series and movies on the tablet device as well as add DVDs to their rental lists. Movies available on the service include A Single Man, The Wrestler and The Twilight Saga: […]

Samsung brings Maxdome to Blu-ray players

Samsung has signed a deal to bring Maxdome’s VOD platform to Blu-ray players and home theatre systems in Germany. The deal, truck by Samsung and Maxdome owner ProSiebenSat.1, will give Samsung Blu-ray and home theatre owners access to around 35,000 titles from movies and series to documentaries and kids content. Maxdome has been available on […]

Lovefilm cuts StudioCanal deal

UK and German streaming and rental service Lovefilm has inked a content deal with StudioCanal, the feature film division of French premium TV provider Canal Plus. StudioCanal has the third largest film library in the world and the exclusive deal with Lovefilm allows its customers to access its titles via its streaming or postal service. […]