SVOD


Blocked streams

Public and commercial broadcasters’ efforts to band together to take on the transatlantic juggernauts of Netflix, Amazon and now Apple face a number of well-publicised challenges, but one of the most frustrating must surely be the extent to which such projects are still stymied by out-of-time regulatory concerns and procedures. Speaking at the Series Mania […]

ITV’s McCall defends BritBox UK project

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, its […]

Epix Now launches on Roku and Amazon Fire TV

Epix, the premium TV network owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), has launched its US streaming service Epix Now for download on Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV. Roku and Amazon Fire TV subscribers will have access to all four Epix live channels and new features within the Epix Now app on supported devices. Premium […]

France Télévisions chief slams Salto delays as Netflix gains subscribers

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte used an appearance at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday to express her frustration at regulatory delays that have prevented France’s main broadcasters from making progress with their joint streaming project. Ernotte was speaking after the European Commission, which had been examining the Salto project, the SVOD JV between […]

SVOD platforms becoming ‘more selective’ about prodcos, says Endeavor

The global boom in subscription video-on-demand does not automatically mean boom time for independent producers and brings a number of new challenges as well as a new market, according to Lorenzo de Maio, head of TV advisory and partner at specialist finance and sales agency Endeavor Content. Speaking at Series Mania in Lille, De Maio […]

TF1 ‘optimistic’ about Salto, teams up with Netflix for period drama

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s CEO Gilles Pélisson remains “optimistic” about the prospects for Salto, the subscription video-on-demand service JV between TF1, fellow commercial player M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions, despite delays in getting the project off the ground. Speaking at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday, Pélisson said that the partners in the […]

M6 chief: broadcasters need level-playing field to make content

Broadcasters need a level playing field with digital platforms in order to be in a position to contribute to content creation, according to Nicolas de Tavernost, CEO of M6 Group, speaking at Series Mania. De Tavernost pointed out that broadcasters had to separate production and distribution activities and submit to quotas and other obligations. He […]

La Liga launches OTT TV sports service

Spain’s La Liga has introduced a new OTT TV service that offers access to a range of minority sports from national sporting associations as well as second division football and summaries of La Liga matches. According to La Liga, the service, LaLigaSportsTV, which will – mostly – be available free-to-view, is intended as a way […]

Apple launches Apple TV+, signs Oprah

Apple is launching Apple TV+, a new streaming service that will run alongside Apple TV Channels, a new a la carte offering that will enable users to watch their pay TV and streaming subscriptions such as HBO and Showtime in one place. Speaking at the Apple Showtime event, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple had […]

Futuresource: Apple service to play ‘key role in evolution of SVOD’

Apple’s much anticipated streaming service, details of which are expected later today, will play “a key role in the evolution of SVOD in 2019,” particularly in the US, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm said that Apple’s offering, combined with the forthcoming Disney+ service, will create “something of a renaissance” in the market. However, […]