BBC Worldwide to supply raft of content to Hulu Plus

BBC Worldwide North America and Hulu announced today a non-exclusive, multi-year agreement to offer a rich BBC Worldwide content library on the US Hulu Plus subscription service. BBC Worldwide has struck a wide ranging deal to provide BBC content to Hulu Plus, the premium arm of the US internet broadcaster. According to BBC Worldwide, the […]

Tesco’s Blinkbox challenges rivals with huge marketing push

Blinkbox is taking on Netflix and Lovefilm Instant with its biggest ever marketing campaign. The UK streaming and electronic sell through service is owned by Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. The autumn marketing push, launched today, highlights the Blinkbox content line-up against that of SVoD services Lovefilm Instant and Netflix. Blinkbox says it has ten […]

Maxdome launches in Austria

ProSiebenSat.1-owned video-on-demand service Maxdome has launched in Austria. Maxdome offers about 50,000 VoD titles, subscription VoD and a range of download-to-own versions of just-released US series. The service will be available to Austria’s 2.6 million households on the web and as an app on Samsung smart TVs. “The launch in Austria is a big step […]

Ofcom appoints former Lovefilm exec to content board

UK regulator Ofcom has appointed Lesley McKenzie, the former group digital officer at subscription video-on-demand and DVD rental service Lovefilm to its content board. McKenzie, who is currently chief operating officer for digital production studio Engage Sports Media, left Lovefilm in early 2012 following the departure of former CEO Simon Calver, a year after Amazon […]

Pay TV, not Netflix, to drive future OTT market

Pay TV operators, rather than dedicated online services, will dominate the online subscription TV market in the coming years, according to Strategy Analytics.  The research firm predicted that the growth of online subscription TV would herald “the end of the first phase of online viewing which saw the rise of on-demand specialists such as Netflix and […]

UK SVOD revenues to reach €190 million

Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) revenues in the UK are due to reach around £160 million (€190 million) this year, an increase of 167% compared to 2012, according to new research from Deloitte.  The business advisory firm said that half of the respondents to its study used SVOD services, such as Netflix and Lovefilm, in addition to […]

Amazon, Xbox cool on Netflix’s binge model

The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told DTVE’s sister title TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once. Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following […]

Netflix goes live in the Netherlands

Netflix went live today in the Netherlands, offering streamed access to its catalogue of movies and films for €7.99 per month. At launch the US-based VoD giant promised to offer “thousands of hours of entertainment,” including all episodes of its four original series that debuted this year and have not previously aired in the Netherlands […]

Virgin Media signs Netflix deal

Virgin Media has signed a deal to add over-the-top video service Netflix to its TiVo platform, marking Netflix’s first agreement with a pay TV platform. A pilot of the Netflix app on Virgin Media TiVo boxes will launch this week in 40,000 homes, with the service due to roll out to all Virgin Media’s 1.7 […]

Netflix to debut Bloomberg Businessweek Films’ first documentary

Bloomberg Businessweek Films’ debut documentary, Hank: Five Years From the Brink, will premiere on Netflix next week. The doc, which comes from Emmy- and Academy-nominated doc maker Joe Berkinger, features Hank Paulson, the former CEO Goldman Sachs and Secretary to the Treasury of the US who was tasked with selling the idea of bailing out […]