Lovefilm releases first Android app

Movies-on-demand service Lovefilm has released its first app for Android devices. The app, which is available free of charge from the Android market, will offer movie trailers, the ability browse Lovefilm’s cataglogue of titles, read revenues and update and manage rental lists on the move. Lovefilm has already released similar apps for iPhone and Nokia […]

Netflix reportedly talking to ITV and Warner Bros for UK rights

Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros.

Netflix strikes UK deal with MGM

Video streaming service Netflix has inked a deal with MGM that will give it exclusive rights to the studio’s content in the UK.
 Netflix’s UK and Ireland service will launch in early 2012 and the deal with MGM gives it exclusive rights to MGM content in the first pay TV window across TV, online, mobile […]

Netflix renews ABC streaming deal

US streaming and rental service Netflix has renewed its programming deal with US network ABC. The agreement, inked with ABC Television Group, allows Netflix to offer new and library shows from the network’s content arm, including every episode of Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Ugly Betty. It will also offer kids series from Disney […]

Lovefilm strikes Paramount deal for Germany

Digital streaming service and DVD rental firm Lovefilm has struck a deal with Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures in Germany. The deal will give Lovefilm subscribers the opportunity to stream Paramount Pictures’ releases during the first subscription TV window. It follows recent deals with Entertainment One and Studio Canal. The arrangement includes the Coen Brothers’ True […]

Netflix to halt international expansion after UK launch

US online video streaming service Netflix is halting its international expansion following large subscriber losses. 
 Chief executive Reed Hastings revealed the decision to curb its ambitions to extend global reach following confirmation of its launch in the UK and Ireland in 2012. 
The company ended September with 23.8 million subscribers in the US, a […]

Netflix to launch in UK and Ireland early next year

US-based movie video streaming service Netflix has confirmed it will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows and movies over the internet to TVs and computers for a single monthly subscription price. Further details about the service, including pricing, content and supported devices, will be announced closer to launch. […]

Netflix hires exec to drive original programming

Netflix has hired a senior production and development executive to expand its moves into original programming. The US online streaming service and DVD rental operator announced plans earlier this year to start acquiring and producing exclusive content and it has cemented these plans with the hire of former Playtone exec Peter Friedlander. Netflix announced its […]

Hulu owners call off sale

The owners of Hulu have called off the planned sale of the online video service. Hulu is backed by Disney, NBC, News Corp, and private equity firm Providence Equity and the three media companies issued a joint statement saying the sale process has been terminated and the partners are now focused on growing the service.

Yahoo pulls out of Hulu bidding

Online giant Yahoo has withdrawn from the bidding for Hulu. The online video company is being sold by owners Disney, News Corp, Comcast and private equity firm Providence and the field of suitors has narrowed since they put it on the block earlier this year. Amazon and Google are still in for Hulu as is […]