SVOD


Netflix UK hits one million, confident on winning first pay movie rights

Netflix has attracted one million subscribers in the UK and Ireland. The online video streaming service reached the milestone faster than in any other territory in which it has launched. Netflix launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year, offering unlimited movie streaming for £5.99 (€7.60) per month. The service is […]

Hulu plans for CEO departure

A confidential memo has revealed that streaming and catch-up service Hulu plans for CEO departure is already looking at how it could replace its CEO Jason Kilar. Trade paper Variety has obtained a confidential internal memo addressing issues facing Hulu and the top bullet point therein reads: “Outline transition plan for new CEO. Discuss potential […]

Netflix adds ‘post-play’ to aid multiple episode viewing

Netflix has added a ‘post-play’ feature to its service to enable viewers to access multiple episodes of shows more easily. The feature minimises the end-credits to shows and cues the next episode by default. If viewers take no action, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. Viewers have the option to stop […]

Netflix confirms Scandi launch

Online video streaming service Netflix is to launch in Sweden and across the Nordic region, as first revealed by DTVE sister publication TBI in May. 
This move will mark the latest international launch for the service, which has already launched across Latin America, in Canada and in the UK and Ireland. 
 The service will […]

Court blocks plans for ProSieben and RTL’s online TV service


A German court has blocked plans by ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL to launch a catch-up TV service in the country. The commercial broadcasters had wanted to launch an online service with their own, and third-party content.
 The country’s competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt ruled last year that the ProSieben and RTL service would take too great a […]

Netflix launches kids package in US

US streaming service Netflix has launched its kids package Just For Kids on Microsoft’s XBox360 console. The agreement means that kids will be able to watch child-friendly TV programmes and films through a specially designed portal on the console. Netflix launched the kids package in August 2011 and it is currently available on PCs and […]

Maxdome inks deal with NBC Universal

Video-on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with NBC Universal International TV Distribution.
 The NBC deal means that ProSiebenSat.1-owned Maxdome now has deals with all of the major studios, having previously inked deals with Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. The multiyear NBC agreement gives Maxdome right to a range of new and library […]

Apple adds Hulu Plus to Apple TV

Apple has added the Hulu Plus subscription service to its Apple TV device in the US. Existing Hulu Plus subscribers can get access to the service for no extra charge, while new users can sign up for a one-week trial or sign up via iTunes. A number of shows available on the regular online version […]

Amazon’s LoveFilm inks Miramax deal

LoveFilm has inked a deal with movie distributor Miramax giving the Amazon-owned service’s customers in Germany and the UK access to a raft of feature film titles. The SVOD deal includes There Will Be Blood, Sin City and numerous other Miramax titles, which will be available on an on-demand basis.

Netflix claims it is beating LoveFilm in the UK

Netflix will launch in another European market in the fourth quarter of this year, management confirmed as the streaming service reported its second quarter results. Earlier this year Informa Telecoms & Media forecast that Netflix would launch in Sweden before end-2012.
 The company had put international expansion on hold to focus on returning to overall […]