Hulu in volume deal with Disney

US streaming and catch-up service Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to Disney-distributed ABC series Resurrection and Mistresses and Devious Maids, which was on cable net Lifetime. The deal gives Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to the ABC Studios scripted series, which it has launched on its premium Hulu Plusservice. All episodes of Resurrection are on […]

Netflix adds social recommendations to Android

Netflix has added its social recommendations feature to the Netflix app for Android phones, letting users privately endorse content to friends and family. With the update, Netflix is also adding push notification capabilities, images and action buttons to its Android app to let users watch, get more info, or thank a friend for a recommendation. […]

UK leads for video app downloads

Netflix was the more downloaded video app in the UK in the third quarter of last year, followed by BBC iPlayer and YouTube, according to a report on video apps in the UK, France and Germany by App Annie. However, the Sky Sports mobile TV app delivered the highest app revenue for video apps, followed […]

CBS: Netflix ‘batting average lower than broadcast or cable’

Netflix has not had a new hit for a year and its hit rate is below that of premium cable and broadcast TV, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack told the UBS global media and communications conference yesterday. “It has been more than one year since Netflix introduced a true new hit programme,” Poltrack said, […]

Discovery signs Hulu deal, talking to Netflix

Hulu has picked up a raft of Discovery titles including exclusive SVOD rights to hit reality series Deadliest Catch. The news comes as Discovery said it was in talks with Netflix about a programming deal. US on-demand and streaming service Hulu has taken a raft of shows from the main Discovery channel and other Discovery […]

Netflix ‘will be global in five years’, says Sarandos

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has said he wants the streaming service to have a global footprint within five years, in an indication of the SVOD firm’s aggressive expansion plans. Speaking at investment bank UBS’s global media and communications conference, Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said that the firm aims to up its original content output to […]

Most popular film and TV content now available digitally, says KPMG

The film and TV industries are reacting to digital consumer demands, with the “vast majority” of the most popular and critically acclaimed content now available on legal digital platforms, according to KPMG. The accountancy firm’s report, called ‘UK availability of film and TV titles in the digital age’ claims that as at December 2013, 86% […]

Netflix orders original Nina Simone doc

Netflix and FremantleMedia-backed producer RadicalMedia are making What Happened Miss Simone?, an original feature doc about iconic American singer Nina Simone. The film comes from director Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World) and will launch as a Netflix Original across all territories in which the streaming service operates, next year. It will trace trace […]

US live TV viewing slides as broadband-only household numbers increase

The number of broadband-only households in the US has climbed by 112% year-on-year, with the average adult also watching less live TV than a year ago, according to Nielsen.  The research firm’s Total Audience Report for the third quarter of 2014 claims that more choices are being driven by technology and that 3% of US […]

Canada’s Bell undercuts Netflix with CraveTV

Canadian telco and TV firm Bell is undercutting Netflix with its C$4 (€2.84) a month OTT service, CraveTV. The service, previously known as ‘Project Latte’ (because, Bell says, the monthly fee is the same price as a latte), will roll out next Thursday (December 11) and cost half as much as its major rivals, Netflix […]