Netflix to debut Bloomberg Businessweek Films’ first documentary

Bloomberg Businessweek Films’ debut documentary, Hank: Five Years From the Brink, will premiere on Netflix next week. The doc, which comes from Emmy- and Academy-nominated doc maker Joe Berkinger, features Hank Paulson, the former CEO Goldman Sachs and Secretary to the Treasury of the US who was tasked with selling the idea of bailing out […]

Amazon’s Lovefilm buys Copper for the UK

Lovefilm has acquired Copper, the BBC America period drama series. The show is produced by Cineflix and sold by its distribution arm, Cineflix Rights, which sealed the UK deal for the show. Lovefilm, which is owed by Amazon, will make the show available to its UK subscribers from Friday (13th September). It will make all […]

Morgan Stanley says Netflix has much more room for growth

Netflix’s potential US market could extend well beyond the 40-50 million households that some investors believe will mark the limits of its reach, according to Morgan Stanley. Raising its share price target from US$270 (€206) to US$314 and reiterating its overweight on Netflix stock, the investment bank said that continued innovation in internet-connected devices such […]

Lovefilm secures Warner Bros deal

Lovefilm has agreed a programming deal with Warner Bros. giving it access to a raft of the studio’s animated content. The Amazon-owned streaming service already has deals for kids shows and cartoons from Disney, Marvel, NBCUniversal and Saban and the Warner Bros. deal gives it Thundercats, Justice League and Young Justice. It also covers several […]

‘Cord-cheaters’ are turning to OTT, says new research

A growing number of consumers are getting on-demand content from third-party OTT services instead of their pay-TV provider, according to new research.  The Q2 Video Discovery Trends Report, by video search, recommendations and discovery firm Digitalsmiths, claims there is an “emerging problem” of ‘cord-cheating’ as viewers turn to services like Netflix, Redbox Kiosk and Hulu. […]

Lovefilm signs Viacom programming deal

Lovefilm has agreed a content deal with Viacom that gives it hundreds of hours of programming from channels including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The Amazon-owned streaming service inked the deal with Viacom’s content sales unit leader Viacom International Media Networks and it covers VIMN titles in the UK. The agreement means that from today […]

Mid East VOD service secures Paramount content

Middle Eastern on-demand service icflix has licensed Paramount Pictures movies including The Godfather trilogy and American Beauty. Other titles from the Viacom-owned Paramount library including Ghost and titles from the Star Trek series are also included in the agreement. icflix launched this summer as the Middle East’s first dedicated video-on-demand offer and is set to […]

Netflix model can help TV avoid fate of music industry, says Spacey

The House of Cards model pioneered by Netflix offers the TV business the best way to combat content piracy and prevent it sharing the fate of the music industry, according to actor Kevin Spacey, delivering the annual MacTaggart lecture at the Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday.  The commissioning of House of Cards by Netflix showed […]

Netflix reaches up to two million in the UK

Analysts estimate that up to two million people in the UK are streaming content via Netflix. The US-listed streaming service rarely breaks out subscriber information by territory and never details viewing figures despite a huge investment in acquired and original content. However, having launched in the UK and Ireland it did say soon after launch […]

Netflix launches ‘My List’ feature

Netflix has launched a new feature designed to make it easier for users to “set aside” TV and movie titles that they plan to come back and watch.  Netflix said it will roll out the ‘My List’ feature to all its global subscribers within the next two weeks, replacing and improving upon the Instant Queue […]