Disney pauses Indian rollout as coronavirus delays IPL season

Despite seeing successful launches in a number of European countries, Disney has postponed the launch of Disney+ in India.  The service was initially set to launch in the country on March 29 via Disney-owned Hotstar, but a spokesperson has confirmed that the rollout has been ‘briefly paused’. The launch was meant to coincide with the […]

Facebook latest firm to reduce video quality

Facebook has become the latest major company that has agreed to downgrade its video streaming quality in Europe as the EU looks to prevent an ‘internet gridlock’. Facebook said that it would reduce streaming quality on both its core platform and its other social media service Instagram. A spokesperson for Facebook said: “To help alleviate […]

Disney+ launches across Europe

Disney’s long-awaited streamer Disney+ has launched across Europe, albeit with a delayed release in France.  The SVOD launches with over 500 films and more than 350 series. Films range from animated classic movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella to modern blockbusters such as Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. […]

Short form streamer Flix Snip launches on Russian Beeline TV

Short form VOD service Flix Snip has announced a partnership with Russian operator Beeline to launch on its Beeline TV service.  Flix Snip is an App and Video On Demand service that features curated and award-winning short-form movies and series. It first officially launched in January 2019 and is available in Russia, Spain, Italy and […]

Disney postpones French Disney+ rollout as major streamers agree to reduce bandwidth usage

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

Netgem offers three months for free amid coronavirus

On-demand TV streamer Netgem TV is launching a free three-month offer in an attempt to “support customers during the uncertainty provoked by COVID-19.” The company said that customers from Netgem’s network of broadband providers – an estimated 250,000 households – will be able to benefit from a totally free subscription to the service for three […]

Nordic Entertainment in further cost-cutting moves

Nordic pay and free TV and streaming provider Nordic Entertainment (NENT) is taking further cost-cutting steps to stave off the threat to its profitability this year in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. NENT, which is facing a perfect storm that includes reduced sports coverage due to the postponement or cancellation of sports events, lower […]

Noggin launches on Apple TV channels in 25 territories

Noggin, the ViacomCBS-owned Nick Jr.’s interactive learning subscription service for preschoolers, has launched on Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app in some 25 markets including the US, UK, Germany, France and parts of Southeast Asia. New Noggin users will receive a free seven-day trial to the service through Apple TV channels. Noggin subscribers can watch online or download long- and […]

Viu secures content from Mediacorp

PCCW Media Group’s pan-regional OTT video service Viu has struck a deal to air drama and lifestyle content from Singapore national media network Mediacorp. Starting from today, more than 600 hours of curated Mediacorp content will be available to ‘Viu-ers’ throughout Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The Mediacorp content offerings are […]

Disney confirms move to release Disney+ originals one week at a time in Europe

Disney has confirmed the release strategy of its originals on Disney+ ahead of the streamer’s European debut on March 24. As widely speculated, Disney+ originals will have one episode available at launch with new episodes released weekly and available on the service every Friday at 8am. Two noteworthy exceptions to this are flagship Star Wars […]