SVOD


Netflix to pay Comcast for access to network in ground-breaking deal

In a significant break with its existing practices, Netflix has agreed to pay US cable giant Comcast to gain direct access to its network to deliver a better quality service to Comcast subscribers. In a deal many industry observers see as likely to be the first of a series, Netflix will gain direct access to […]

Netflix reportedly looking to Orange for French partnership

Netflix has approached several French internet service providers with a view to striking carriage deals ahead of the subscription VoD service’s likely launch in France in September, according to local reports. Orange is seen as the most likely candidate for any agreement and is at the most advanced stage in negotiations, according to a report […]

Amazon cuts UK TV content deal with Warner Bros.

Amazon Prime Instant Video has sealed a deal with Warner Bros. for UK rights to a raft of the studios drama series. Prime Instant Video is replacing the Lovefilm brand in the UK this week. As the rebranding gets underway, Amazon has agreed a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Under the terms […]

Amazon drops Lovefilm brand for SVoD

Amazon is replicating its US SVoD offering in the UK and Germany, rebranding Lovefilm to Prime Instant Video and rolling it into its Amazon Prime delivery service. With the move, Amazon is combining its existing Lovefilm Instant subscription video-on-demand service with Amazon Prime, which gives members unlimited free one-day delivery on more than seven million […]

Fox channels does content deal with ‘Middle East Netflix’

Fox International Channels has agreed a deal with ICFlix, the OTT operator that has been dubbed ‘the Netflix of the Middle East’. The programming deal means ICFlix subs can watch a range of shows from FIC’s National Geographic channel in English, Arabic and Farsi. The Nat Geo programming line-up on ICFlix will be updated monthly. […]

Hulu appoints former Sony exec to CTO role

Hulu has appointed Sony Network Entertainment International’s former senior vice president of product engineering, Tian Lim, as its new chief technology officer.  Announcing the appointment on the Hulu blog, company CEO Mike Hopkins praised Lim as a “leading example of a builder and innovator” and likened his hiring to finding a needle-in-a-haystack. Lim will now […]

Informa: Netflix facing rights competition as rivals step up

Netflix will find it harder to secure premium content this year with increasing competition from incumbent pay TV operators and new OTT service operators, according to analysts. TV and digital media specialists at DTVE publisher Informa Telecoms & Media are forecasting that 2014 will be the year that ‘the content rights pendulum will swing away […]

House of Cards binge viewing soars

Netflix saw a huge spike in subscribers watching its drama House of Cards as its second season launched on Friday, according to broadband firm Procera Networks. More than 16% of Netflix subs on one unspecified web service from an unspecified US cable provider watched at least one episode of the show on launch day. In […]

Second pilots round ‘up 100%’ for Amazon

Amazon Instant Video has revealed figures showing its second original pilots season has outscored the first in streamed views by 100%. The US SVOD service launched 10 pilots last week and initial feedback showed 85% of reviews were four or five stars and that the average number of streams had increased 100% for primetime pilots […]

Warner Bros. toons for Lovefilm Germany

Lovefilm’s German SVOD service had added classic cartoon such as Tom and Jerry and The Sylvester and Tweety Show. Under terms of a deal struck with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Lovefilm is also adding superhero shows Batman: The Brave And The Bold and Superman, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, The Flintstones and a comic adaptation of Tim […]