Netflix plans $300 million original content spend

Online streaming service Netflix is to spend up to US$300 million (€223 million) on original content as it ramps up competition with premium broadcasters including HBO. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told the annual UBS Media and Communications conference in New York that it would ramp up original production following the commission of series including David […]

Lovefilm launches on Xbox Live

European streaming service and DVD rental company Lovefilm is launching via Microsoft’s Xbox Live service in the UK. The Amazon-owned company will launch a raft of Hollywood movies via the games console on December 6 for £4.99 (€5.80) per month. Movies at launch include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Gran Torino with films including The […]

Hulu tipped to launch German service

German reports suggest that online on-demand service Hulu is preparing a launch in Germany. The US company is backed by Disney, NBC and News Corp and the only international market that it has launched in to date is Japan. However, local press report that it is in talks with German broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 to […]

Netflix to deliver kids content on Wii

Online video streaming service Netflix has struck a deal with Nintendo that will see a raft of kids content roll out on its Wii gaming console. The move will see Netflix’s Just For Kids block available in the United States and Latin America. Netflix added that it was also in talks with Sony to bring […]

Netflix raising US$400 million

Netflix is raising US$400 million (€296 million) in cash and said it will return to profitability after its UK and Ireland launch next year. The US-listed streaming and rental service is selling a chunk of stock to T Rowe Price Associates, accounting for half of the capital being raised. The other half will come from […]

Netflix and Fox revive Arrested Development

Video streaming and delivery service Netflix is teaming with Fox to bring back comedy series Arrested Development.
 The half-hour single-camera comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Will Arnett among others, ran on the US Fox network from November 2003 to February 2006 and had a cult following but small ratings numbers. Twentieth Century Fox Television and […]

Netflix strikes deal with Miramax for UK and Ireland

Netflix has struck a deal with Miramax to make Miramax titles available on its forthcoming service in the UK and Ireland. Titles that will be available on the Netflix service in the UK and Ireland, in addition to movies already available in the US and Latin America, will include The Aviator, Bad Santa, The Boy […]

Netflix confirms Lionsgate deal

Netflix announced a programming deal with US producer and distributor Lionsgate today for its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service. The agreement, which gives the content streaming and DVD service exclusive rights to Lionsgate TV series and movies in the first pay TV window, was widely reported late last year, but only confirmed today.
The deal covers […]

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.