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Lovefilm makes Wii debut

Amazon-owned video streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Nintendo Wii console in the UK. The subscription video service is now available to eight million Wii users in the UK and will be expanded to Nintendo’s new Wii U platform soon. Wii users can download the Lovefilm app from the Wii Shop Channel which can […]

Netflix secures Warner Bros content for UK and Ireland

Netflix has secured a raft of TV series from Warner Bros. after inking a multiyear deal with the Hollywood Studio. The agreement covers Warner Bros’ TV series including The Vampire Diaries, which will launch on Netflix’s UK and Ireland service next month, Gossip Girl, which will be available from next March and Chuck, four seasons […]

Hulu and YouTube launch on Nintendo Wii

Hulu has launched a second screen service with Nintendo. Hulu’s premium Hulu Plus customers can use the gamepad of the new Wii U console to access a range of second screen applications and find out more information about a given show while watching it on the main TV screen. Viewers can also watch content through […]

Maxdome launches on PS3

German video-on-demand service Maxdome has launched a Playstation 3 app with help from interactive TV specialist Accedo. The app, which was developed by Accedo, gives PS3 users access to a catalogue of Maxdome video titles, including films, series, comedy shows, documentaries, music videos and children’s programmes. Earlier this year, Accedo signed a deal with Maxdome […]

Lovefilm gets DHX content

Lovefilm has signed a deal with DHX Media that will bring an additional 2,000 kids TV shows to its online streaming service in the UK. DHX Media, formerly known as Cookie Jar Entertainment, distributes various kids animation titles, including Inspector Gadget, Dennis The Menace, Mona the Vampire, Paddington Bear and Sonic the Hedgehog. Jim Buckle, […]

MTG taps Access for Viaplay PS3 launch

MTG-owned OTT platform Viaplay has selected interactive TV specialist Accedo to launch the service on Sony PlayStation 3 games consoles. All PS3 users in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland will have access to Viaplay through their consoles via a PlayStation Plus subscription
. “We have worked with Accedo on a number of successful projects,” said Niclas […]

Netflix moves to head off possible takeover

Netflix has put in place a so-called ‘poison pill’ measure that could prevent investor Carl Icahn from increasing his holding in the company. Netflix is issuing rights to existing shareholders that will allow them to buy new stock in the company in the case of an unsolicited takeover. Netflix has declared a dividend distribution of […]

Research shows Amazon is catching Netflix


Netflix remains the runaway alternative TV provider in the US, but Amazon is growing at a faster rate, according to new research. US-based 451 Research regularly surveys US consumers about the non-traditional TV services for which they are paying.
Netflix remains the market leader by a large margin with 82% of respondents paying for the service. […]

Netflix extends international CBS deal

Online video streaming service Netflix has expanded its international programming deal with CBS. 
The deal will see a raft of new CBS and Showtime series added to Netflix’s service in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Latin America. 
 Shows include serial killer drama Dexter, Charmed, Jericho and The 44000 as well as older episodes of […]

Netflix shares soar as Icahn declares stake
 


Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has acquired 10% of Netflix, sending shares in the online video site skywards and fuelling speculation that the company will soon be acquired. In a regulatory filing, Icahn disclosed that he had acquired 5.5 million Netflix shares for around US$168.9 million (€130 million). The news saw Netflix shares rise 14% to […]