Star Media launches LAVA streamer

Russian production company Star Media has revealed a new streaming service. The service called LAVA is launched in partnership with white label provider OTTera, and promises to give viewers around the world access to Star Media content on smart TV, smartphones and tablets.  LAVA will offer the company’s library of 7,500 hours of count. Most […]

NENT strikes Viaplay deal with Xavier Niel’s Play in Poland

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Polish mobile operator Play, owned by France’s Iliad Telecom, have agreed a multi-year distribution deal that will make NENT’s Viaplay streaming service available to Play’s post-paid subscribers. New and renewing subscribers to the Play Now TV service will receive access to Viaplay. Current Play Now TV customers will have […]

Disney to shutter Hotstar US as content including IPL is migrated to Hulu and ESPN+

Disney is to migrate content from Hotstar to ESPN+ and Hulu in the US, effectively shuttering the streamer’s operations in the US. Disney acquired Hotstar as a part of the US$71.3 billion Fox acquisition that closed in 2019. The brand is prominent in Asia, and serves as the house of Disney+ content in a number […]

HBO Max on Vizio TVs

HBO Max is now available on Vizio SmartCast TVs. The streamer provides access to more than 13,000 hours of content from the WarnerMedia portfolio of brands including Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Turner Classic Movies along with HBO Max Original series and Movies like the critically acclaimed Hacks. The app on Vizio […]

US set for continued SVOD growth

Streaming subscriptions in the US are set to approach half a billion in the next five years. According to Digital TV Research, gross SVOD subscriptions [for movies, linear channels and TV episodes – excluding other platforms such as sports] in the US will climb by 33% from 338 million at end-2021 to 450 million in […]

Warner Bros launches new movie window for streaming in Asia

New movies from Warner Bros. such as The Suicide Squad will soon be available to stream on HBO Go as early as 45 days after their in-market theatrical premiere in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, according to the media group. The first movies to be available in the new window will be The Conjuring: The Devil Made […]

NENT Group adds new football rights to Baltic Viaplay offering

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has struck a new agreement with UEFA to make the Viaplay streaming service the exclusive home of UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and the UEFA Nations League in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 2022 to 2028, in addition to the UEFA Euro 2024 and UEFA Euro 2028 […]

US SVOD subscriptions steady

Over three-quarters of US households are subscribed to one of Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu. According to Leichtman Research Group, the total percentage of households subscribed to one of the above services is at 78% – steady from the same percentage in 2020 and significantly higher than the 59% total in 2016. While the overall […]

HBO Max to launch in Spain and Nordics in Autumn 2021

WarnerMedia revealed plans to launch HBO Max in Spain and the Nordics this autumn, followed by the CEE and Portugal in 2022. News of the Spanish and Nordic launch comes five weeks after WarnerMedia admitted it would likely be delaying the expansion of its new streamer across the region, following the Latin America launch earlier this […]

Top four US streamers lost over US$80 million from churn in April alone

Four of the biggest SVOD platforms in the US lost over US$80 million in one month as a result of churn. According to a new report from Wurl Analytics, HBO Max lost US$33.1M, Netflix lost US$17.3M, Hulu lost US$15.1M and Disney+ lost US$14.7M in the month of April 2021. Disney+, HBO Max and ViacomCBS experienced […]