Two fifths of Chromecast users stream Netflix daily, new study finds

Among users of Google’s new Chromecast internet TV dongle, 43% were found to stream Netflix on a daily basis with 34% streaming Hulu every day, according to a new study by Parks Associates.  The research firm said that the findings highlighted the challenges of licensing content in the digital world and “underscores the desire by […]

Intel Media exec Erik Huggers reportedly eyes Hulu role

Intel Media’s corporate vice president and general manager Erik Huggers has reportedly expressed interest in the vacant CEO role at US internet TV firm Hulu. According to a New York Post report, Huggers, along with NBCUniversal executive vice president Lauren Zalaznick and Fox Networks group president Mike Hopkins, have shown interest in the role. Citing unnamed […]

Netflix to be part of Com Hem’s TiVo offering

Swedish cable operator Com Hem will offer Netflix as part of its TiVo offering when it launches on October 7. The addition of Netflix to the offering will bring the opportunity to view series including House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and Orange is the New Black to Com Hem subscribers. The move is the first […]

Two in five Americans now use Netflix, says Nielsen

US research and ratings firm Nielsen says that 38% of Americans now “use or subscribe to” Netflix – a significant increase on the 2012 figure of 31%. Netflix’s chief rival Amazon registered a 13% usage rate, according to Nielsen, compared with 7% last year. The findings were released in Nielsen’s latest Cross Platform Report, which […]

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 […]