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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.
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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Online giant Yahoo has withdrawn from the bidding for Hulu.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 […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Troubled Netflix scraps Qwikster plans

Netflix has backed down from plans to separate its video streaming and DVD rental businesses. Last month, Reed Hastings, CEO of the company, announced plans to rebrand its DVD business to Qwikster, saying it would operate a completely separate website to the streaming service, meaning customers wanting rental and streaming services would require two subscriptions […]

Lovefilm Germany launches iPhone app

Lovefilm Germany has launched an app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, provides access to about 45,000 movie titles. Lovefilm, which already streams movies via the Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia connected LCD TVs and Blu-ray players, also recently signed a deal […]

TiVo chief: cable should embrace OTT

Cable operators should consider bundling over-the-top services from the likes of Netflix as part of their offering, according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. Speaking at an Advertising Week event in New York, Rogers said that TiVo was now seeing greater interest in its products from US cable operators. He said that it was important for […]

Microsoft names European content partners for XBox Live TV

  The BBC, Lovefilm, Telefónica and Mediaset will be amongst the European content providers offering services on Microsoft’s Xbox Live TV service when it launches this autumn. Microsoft has announced over 40 global content partners for the service that will be available on XBox 360 games consoles connected to the internet. Other partners announced today […]