Consumer spend on SVOD services to climb 28% this year

Global consumer spend on subscription video-on-demand services is due to grow by 28.1% in 2014 and 18.2% 2015, according to Gartner stats.  The research firm claims that, of all the video services that see consumers pay the service provider directly, SVOD has the strongest growth potential – even though the market conditions differ by region. […]

Netflix orders comedy original

Netflix has ordered F is for Family, an animated series based on the comedy of US stand-up comic Bill Burr. Gaumont International Television will make the six-part half-hour series with US actor Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television. Burr created the series, a period family comedy, with Michael Price (The Simpsons). The show will roll out […]

French broadcasters unlikely to team up for SVoD

France’s leading broadcasters are unlikely to group together to form a subscription video-on-demand alliance to counter Netflix, according to Canal+ CEO Bertrand Meheut.  Speaking at a conference organized by daily Le Figaro and research group NPA Conseil, Meheut reportedly said that an SVoD offering already existed in France in the form of its own Canalplay […]

International Netflix deals for BBC Worldwide

Netflix has acquired several of BBC Worldwide’s top titles for its new international services, DTVE sister title TBI has learned. The US-listed streaming service recently launched new European services in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, giving it access to over 60 million more international homes. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK […]

Netflix’s content streaming obligations grow by US$1.6 billion

Netflix’s content streaming obligations grew by US$1.6 billion (€1.25 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, due to multi-year commitments linked to its latest European launches and the expansion of its original programming efforts. In its latest quarterly report, filed yesterday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Netflix said that its streaming content […]

Netflix partners with SVoD rival Shomi for Canadian original

Netflix and its streaming rival Shomi are joining forces to make Between, which will star Kids TV favourite Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan and Resident Evil producer Don Carmody. Netflix and City TV and Shomi, which are both part of the Rogers group, are partnering on the series. The move surprised some […]

Netflix confirms DiCaprio doc deal

Netflix has confirmed it has picked up exclusive rights to Virunga, the feature doc that follows park rangers in the in the titular national park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they battle against poachers. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has also joined the doc as an exec producer. DTVE sister title TBI first reported […]

CBS launches SVoD service

US broadcast network CBS has launched a US$5.99 (€4.68) a month subscription streaming service. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes of CBS programming such as NCIS: New Orleans, plus access to live CBS programming in 14 major launch markets. The shows on offer will be a mix of current series, previous seasons […]

Netflix misses customer sign-up targets

Netflix added fewer new customers than it had previously predicted in its third quarter, causing the US web streaming firm’s shareprice to slump 25% in after-hours trading. Announcing its Q3 results, Netflix said that domestically it added 0.98 million streaming customers in the quarter, and 2.04 million streaming customers. In its last earnings announcement it […]

Netflix set to transform “antiquated” movie windowing system

Netflix’s investment in movies could help drive the transformation of the way films are released and windowed, according to Ted Sarandos, the streaming VoD company’s chief content officer, speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning. “We do want to be more active [in movie production]. The current model for distribution of movies is pretty antiquated […]