Starz and the Eye

Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer this week outlined ambitious plans for the international expansion of Starzplay, the subscription video-on-demand offering of the US studio’s Starz premium outfit. Starzplay has launched as an Apple TV channel across Europe and Latin American territories including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. The expansion, which follows […]

Starzplay launches as Apple TV channel in multiple territories, sets out ambitious international plan

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starzplay has launched as an Apple TV channel across Europe and Latin American territories including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Starzplay will be available as an Apple TV channel in the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV users. The expansion of the Starzplay global […]

Amazon Channels to launch in France

Amazon Channels is to launch in France at the end of the month, according to reports by Les Echos and NPA Conseil. According to financial daily Les Echos, Amazon will launch its OTT TV channels offering in metropolitan Franceon May 30. The majority of channels will be available for between €3 and €5 without a […]

Kantar: ‘second place up for grabs’ in SVOD market

Netflix represents the biggest forces in the SVOD market, but second place and “establishing a solid base from which to challenge” the streaming giants is up for grabs. This is according to a new report from Kantar that found that In the majority of countries, the top online streaming service provider has a penetration of […]

Netflix India exec exits

Another Netflix exec overseeing Indian content is to depart the streaming giant. The Los Angeles-based Simran Sethi, who was a director of international originals and one of Netflix’s top creative execs for the Indian market, has stepped down from the business and will leave following a transition period. Her exit comes weeks after the departure […]

HBO sees record audience for Game of Thrones finale

The final episode of Game of Thrones saw a record 19.3m US viewers tune in on Sunday night for HBO. The finale, The Iron Throne, broke the record set by last weekend’s episode, The Bells, which attracted 18.4m viewers. The viewership for The Iron Throne includes 13.6m people who watched the episode on HBO at 9pm Sunday […]

Mediaset España planning pay VOD offering

Mediaset España is to start charging for on-demand premieres of shows ahead of their terrestrial airing and other content on its Mitele portal later this year, according to local press. According to financial daily El Español, citing unnamed sources, Mediaset is finalising the technical platform for launching a pay service before the end of the […]

Disney’s SVOD supremacy might not be so simple overseas

Disney has never shied away from wearing its streaming ambitions on its sleeves, but from the moment the company was rumoured to be interested in acquiring 21st Century Fox’s entertainment division, the industry knew that it was very serious in its intentions to take on the SVODs. Now, with the news that the mousey monolith […]

Super RTL relaunches Kividoo app

Set-top box software solutions provider, 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), has been selected by German children’s broadcaster Super RTL for the relaunch of Kividoo. Kividoo is Super RTL’s SVOD service aimed at children aged 2-13 years and has approximately 30,000 subscribers. 3SS will design and deploy apps with customized UIs for viewing on Android mobiles and […]

RTL sees pay VOD base grow by 60%

RTL Group grew its paying video-on-demand subscriber base in Germany and the Netherlands to 1.15 million at the end of March, up 59% year-on-year. CEO Thomas Rabe hailed the “good progress” the company has made towards achieving its goal of “building local streaming champions in the European countries where we have strong families of channels”. […]