Netflix boasts revenues have overtaken HBO

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has taken to Facebook to boast that the streaming service generated greater revenues than its premium cable rival in the most recent quarter. He posted: “Minor milestone: last quarter we passed HBO in subscriber revenue (US$1.146 billion vs US$1.141 billion). They still kick our ass in profits and Emmys, but we […]

Liberty looks to content investments to secure distribution business

Investment in OTT content, free-to-air broadcasting, production outfits and sports rights form four pillars of Liberty Global’s new content investment strategy, according to president and CEO Mike Fries, with all four seen as ways to reinforce the company’s core distribution business. Following Liberty’s sale of its Chellomedia linear channel business to AMC, the company, far […]

Good companions – the second screen and multiscreen monetisation

Understanding of the uses to which people put the different screens they own is still taking shape. From the development of companion apps dedicated to particular shows to the straightforward distribution of linear TV, broadcasters are still experimenting to find out what works – and what delivers revenue. Andy McDonald reports. A few years ago, […]

The Netflix effect – OTT in Europe

Netflix’s next stage of its European expansion is now close, but will its success rate continue and how far is the SVoD giant informing the OTT strategies of other players in the European market? Andy McDonald reports. Netflix has long been a poster-child for over-the-top video services. Its clean interface, effective in-house recommendation system, cross-device […]

IBC and CTAM Europe EuroSummit unveil speaker highlights

Forthcoming industry conferences the IBC and CTAM Europe’s EuroSummit have unveiled strong speaker line-ups. The IBC has announced that outgoing EC vice-president and digital agenda commssioner Neelie Kroes will keynote the event on Friday September 12 at 18:00. Kroes will set out the challenges ahead including her views on the internal market for audio-visual and […]

Hulu updates Android app with free content

US video-on-demand site Hulu has updated its Android app for tablets and smartphones to include a selection of free content. The move means that content available on the updated app will largely mirror the ad-supported, with users able to upgrade to Hulu’s premium Hulu Plus service direct from the app. Previously, viewers wishing to […]

Liberty Global acquisition drive “slowing down” and turning vertical

Liberty Global is unlikely to acquire fixed networks in further European markets and is not interested in acquiring mobile networks, but could drive consolidation in Poland, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking to the Wall Street Journal in a joint interview alongside Liberty chairman John Malone. Fries said that Liberty’s acquisition story “is not coming […]

Netflix reportedly planning Spain launch for 2015

Netflix is due to launch in Spain in the last quarter of 2015, according to a report this week by Spanish news agency, Europa Press. The report, which cites sources close to Netflix, said that the movie and TV streaming business is planning a second wave of major expansions in Europe in Q4 next year. […]

Jason Kilar’s Vessel going after YouTube content producers

Former Hulu boss Jason Kilar’s new business is actively going after online video producers and seeking to entice them with better terms than they could get from YouTube. The firm, Vessel, recently successfully concluded a US$75 million (€56 million) funding round and, according to online news site The Information, will offer minimum guarantees to producers […]

Netflix cuts AT&T deal

Netflix has agreed an interconnection deal with AT&T designed to reduce buffering problems for its US customers watching via AT&T’s broadband services. Streaming player Netflix has been involved in a bitter war of words with Verizon over buffering issues with both parties blaming the other. Netflix has, however, struck a connection deal with Verizon as […]