SVOD


MGM puts ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Robocop’ onto new German SVOD via Zattoo

US studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is rolling out a film and TV streaming service in Germany via local TV provider Zattoo. The MGM SVOD will provide Zattoo subscribers with TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, comedy-drama series Get Shorty and movies such as Robocop, Terminator and 21 Jump Street. The service will cost €3.99 […]

NBCUniversal agrees content deal with ViacomCBS to bulk up Peacock

NBCUniversal has signed a deal with ViacomCBS to license a number of its movies and TV shows for upcoming streamer Peacock. Peacock will launch on July 15 in the US with a free tier which offers more than 7,500 hours of content, an ad-supported premium tier with 15,000 hours of content (including live sports such […]

UPC adds Starzplay in Switzerland

UPC has become the first Swiss telco to sign a distribution deal with Starzplay. Starzplay, the streaming platform of US network Starz, offers celebrated original shows such as The Spanish Princess, Spartacus and Hightown and serves as the exclusive Swiss home of Hulu original series The Great and Normal People. UPC customers will be able […]

Disney reportedly to increase ESPN+ price, though triple bundle unaffected

Disney will reportedly up the price of sports streamer ESPN+ to US$5.99. According to The Verge, which claims to have viewed internal documents, the price increase of a dollar will only impact the monthly subscription while the annual US$49.99 cost will remain unchanged. Existing monthly subscribers will keep the US$4.99 fee through to August 2021 […]

iQiyi takes Insight TV programming into China with 12-month pact

Chinese streaming giant iQiyi has struck a content licensing deal with channels operator and producer Insight TV. The 12-month agreement will see 125 episodes of Insight’s library of original content become available to the streamer’s 560 million monthly active users, with shows such as Born To, Droners, Morbidelli Rising and Supercar Blondie: Living The Dream […]

OTT churn increases in US during pandemic

The churn rate of US OTT services increased to 41% in Q1 2020 up from 35% in Q1 2019. According to Parks Associates, an increasing number of US broadband households cancelled at least one OTT subscription in the early part of the year, with a significant number also utilising the free trials offered by streamers […]

Mobile SVOD subscribers to reach 170 million

The number of SVOD users paying for their subscription via mobile operators is expected to reach 170 million by 2025. According to new figures from Digital TV Research, the gross number of smartphone SVOD subscribers will double across 138 countries between 2019-25, with the total climbing by 25 million in 2020 alone. Telcos are increasingly […]

What Disney’s linear switch-off means for the pay TV industry

Streaming is the future of Disney’s TV business – at least that’s the message sent out in the UK with the company making the call to shut down its kids channels at the end of September. After 25 years of broadcasting programming that defined many a millennial childhood – with shows like Boy Meets World, […]

China’s Tencent to buy Asian streamer Iflix

Chinese entertainment giant Tencent is poised to acquire the key assets of indebted pan-Asian streamer Iflix for an undisclosed sum. Tencent will take control of iFlix’s content, resources and tech, but not its debt, according to BNN Bloomberg, in a move that would expand the reach of its WeTV streaming service in the region. “This […]