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Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit which alleges that Servant – developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan – plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on a mother who is […]

Parrot Analytics: The Mandalorian is king in Italy

Picking up from the end of 2019, Disney+’s The Mandalorian has started the new decade atop Parrot Analytics’ originals in-demand chart for the week ending January 12 in Italy. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social […]

DAZN taps Skeels for product acquisition, retention and payments VP

Sports streamer DAZN has hired Julian Skeels as its VP of product acquisition, retention and payments. The company said that Skeels in this role will lead “the definition and execution of the membership experience”. Skeels joins from Amazon, where he spent just shy of five years as senior manager of product management and engineering for […]

Disney+ exceeded 30 million downloads in Q4

Disney+ saw more than 30 million downloads in Q4 2019.  According to a new report from mobile app store marketing firm Sensor Tower, Disney+ became the most downloaded app in the US for the quarter with a total of 31 million downloads across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The launch is referred to by […]

Hulu Japan announces tech deal with NPAW

SVOD Hulu Japan has announced a partnership with Nice People At Work (NPAW) to improve its platform performance and user engagement.  NPAW is a global video intelligence and analytics company. It charts the likes of Norigin, Telefonica and Ooyala amongst its customers. Not to be confused with the American streamer of the same name, Disney […]

CBS All Access and Showtime reach collective 10 million subs for ViacomCBS

ViacomCBS’s premium streaming services – CBS All Access and Showtime – have reached a collective 10 million subscribers, the company has said.  Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, CBS Interactive CEO and ViacomCBS chief digital officer Marc DeBevoise confirmed the milestone, and said that the broadcaster is “in a great position to […]

SVOD subs to increase by six times in Africa 

Revenues from African SVOD services are set to skyrocket over the next five years.  According to a new study from Digital TV Research, revenues will reach US$1.06 billion by 2025, up from US$183 million in 2019. This includes the likes of native streamers iRoko and Showmax along with big international players from Disney and Netflix. […]

ESPN+ gets Copa del Rey rights in US

Disney has acquired the exclusive rights to Spanish football’s Copa del Rey in the US for its ESPN+ premium streamer. The multi-year agreement with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) took place in time for the second round of the 2019/20 tournament which took place this past weekend. It had been reported by World Soccer Talk […]

Ernotte: direct relationship with viewers an ‘existential issue’ for pubcaster

France’s new audiovisual law does not go far enough to enable public service media to withstand the onslaught of competition from global tech and media giants, and the need for a direct relationship with viewers is an “existential issue” for France Télévisions, according to the pubcaster’s director-general, Delphine Ernotte. Addressing the French National Assembly’s cultural […]

Streaming fatigue is setting in, claims report

After nearly a decade of irrepressible growth, cracks are emerging in streaming with fatigue beginning to set in. According to a new survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of The Trade Desk, 59% of Americans are not willing to pay more than US$20 a month for streaming TV services with 75% unwilling to pay more […]