Netflix beats Apple in online movie race

Netflix was the top online movie service in the US last year, surpassing Apple’s iTunes, according to IHS Screen Digest. It reports that Netflix’s share of US online movie revenue soared to 44% 2011 while Apple’s share of total revenue declined to 32.3% last year, down from a 60.8% in 2010.
 “2011 marked a sea […]

Lovefilm launches HD streaming

Online streaming service Lovefilm is launching high-definition streaming in the UK and Germany. The move will see HD viewing available to Lovefilm Instant subscribers. In the UK, customers using a PC or Mac can enjoy 1080p high-definition content, while Xbox360 and Samsung and LG connected HD TV customers will have 720p resolution. In Germany, 1080p […]

Lovefilm strikes NBCU deal 

UK online streaming service Lovefilm has struck a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution that gives viewers access to films during the second pay window.
 The multi-year agreement increases the competition between Amazon-owned Lovefilm and Netflix, which launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year.
The deal is Lovefilm’s latest studio […]

Competition Commission performs Sky Movies U-turn

The UK Competition Commission has changed its position on Sky Movies and now says the channel’s movie agreements do not provide the Sky pay TV platform with a material advantage over its rivals in the pay TV retail market. The Commission, which is investigating whether Sky Movies has a dominant position in the market, had […]

Netflix ups Cindy Holland to international role

Netflix has promoted Cindy Holland to vice-president, original content and content acquisition making her responsible for acquiring and launching original series across the streaming service’s entire 25 million-strong domestic and international customer base.
 Jason Ropell, who joined Netflix last year, meanwhile, will take on Holland’s former responsibilities and oversee licensing content for the US market […]

Hulu unveils more original programming, acquisitions

US streaming service Hulu has unveiled a new programming slate comprising three original series and seven acquisitions. The original series include a movie review show hosted by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and a travel series from Richard Linklater (School of Rock).
 The ten-episode movie series, Spoilers, is produced by Smith’s SModCo and will launch on June […]

Netflix launches updated web video player

Netflix has launched an updated web video player for viewing of the online video service on PCs and Macs. New features include scalable controls, making it easier to use the player on large screens. The player will also scale down to smaller windows, as well as stretching to the full window in the browser. Full […]

Netflix to launch in Sweden

US online video streaming service Netflix is launching in Sweden later this year, our sister publication TBI has revealed. Sweden will be the latest European country to be targeted by the service following its launch in the UK and Ireland and comes after it announced it would speed up its international plans. TBI understands that […]

Maxdome teams with Accedo for TV apps

German video-on-demand provider Maxdome has partnered with Accedo Broadband to deliver connected TV apps for multiple platforms. The first app launched under the partnership was a Panasonic Viera Connect application launched at the end of March, giving viewers access to a vast catalogue of 45,000 video titles. The two companies are also working together to […]

Hulu reportedly moving to allow only pay TV users to view

US online TV service Hulu is taking the first steps towards making content on its service only available to existing pay TV subscribers, according to a report in the New York Post. According to the Post, citing unnamed sources, the move towards an authentication model – whereby viewers would have to log in with their […]