Netflix UK agrees next day Breaking Bad episode deal

Netflix in the UK will launch the final episodes of AMC drug drama Breaking Bad just a day after they air in the US. As of August 12, Netflix users in the UK and Ireland will have access to the AMC series’ episodes just a day after they broadcast in the US on AMC. The […]

Hulu-Time Warner Cable talks break down

The owners of US video-on-demand site Hulu have reportedly called off deal negotiations with Time Warner Cable after failing to agree on a price.  According to a Reuters report, which cites unnamed sources, the two have now ended discussions over Time Warner Cable taking a 25% stake in the business. Though talks may resume, none are […]

Netflix reports subscriber bounce, more international plans

Netflix said that its relaunch of Arrested Development helped boost membership numbers in its second quarter, with more gains expected in the current quarter with its forthcoming Netherlands launch.  Announcing its second quarter earnings, Netflix confirmed that the Netherlands launch would come “within the quarter” and set its sights on further international rollouts – though did […]

Netflix receives Emmy nominations

Netflix has received a string of Emmy nominations led by House of Cards, marking the first time that online-only series has competed in a major category at the prestigious television awards. Netflix’s remake of the BBC political drama picked nine nominations, including one in the category of best drama – where it goes head to […]

Lovefilm launches new Wii app

Amazon-owned Lovefilm has launched a new Lovefilm Instant streaming service application on Nintendo’s Wii home console. Lovefilm said the arrival of the next-generation app on the console is the latest step in its rollout of the upgraded app to multiple platforms. New features include an improved search function and recommendation engine, optimised user interface, and […]

Hulu parents scrap sale, inject US$750 million

Hulu’s US broadcaster owners have scrapped the sale of the streaming website for a second time and will instead recapitalise it, though reports say they remain in talks with Time Warner Cable over a 25% stake. The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox on Friday revealed they had decided against selling Hulu to the […]

Malone says cable companies should unite for Hulu bid

US MSOs should join forces to make a bid for Hulu, according to Liberty Media boss John Malone. The influential media executive was speaking to Reuters at the fringes of Allen & Co’s Sun Valley conference and said that all US MSOs would benefit from owning an online streaming and catch-up service. Hulu is currently […]

Race for Hulu narrows

Two outright bidders remain in the battle to take control of Hulu with a third offering to take a stake in the business, according to the latest US reports.  Satellite TV firm DirecTV, and a joint bid by telco AT&T and former News Corp president Peter Chernin are the final two in contention to buy […]

Viki makes Spanish push, signs Netflix, Latin American deals

Viki has launched a Spanish-language service and inked a telenovela deal with Netflix and Colombia’s Caracol. Viki is a an online video site that crowd sources subtitling activity to create localised versions of scripted content. Thus far the focus has largely been on reversioning Asian-originated content. The Spanish language service is focused on viewers in […]

Argos appoints former Amazon exec as digital director

UK high street retailer Argos has appointed former EMI and Amazon executive Bertrand Bodson to the newly created role of digital director. Bodson reports to managing director John Walden, becomes a member of the Argos Executive Board and is tasked with “bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader.” […]