Microsoft to acquire Netflix: report

Technology company Microsoft is considering the acquisition of online video service Netflix, according to a report by Forbes. 
The move would be one of the most significant purchases in the technology and television space and comes after Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings announced that he was stepping down from the Microsoft board. 
Hastings announced three […]

Netflix launches on Windows Media 8

Online video service Netflix has launched on the new Windows Media 8 platform, which was officially launched yesterday. The company said that a large number of new Windows 8 devices would come with Netflix pre-installed from the start screen, meaning that subscribers would no longer need to go to the Netflix website to access the […]

Hulu viewing hours in sharp decline

The number of hours consumer spend tuning into Hulu has dropped sharply this year, according to reports citing data from Wedbush Securities, Nielsen and ComScore.
 The number of hours spent watching Hulu in August was 65 million compared with 156 million in March, the reports said.
The number of unique users visiting the website tumbled to […]

Lovefilm launches on Kindle Fire

TV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet and e-readers in the UK and Germany. Consumers owning the devices can access Lovefilm content via a one-month free trial. Kindle and Lovefilm are both part of Amazon. The Lovefilm service on the Kindle devices allows users to […]

Netflix lowers US targets but hails international growth

Netflix has lowered its full year subscriber target for the US, but said it has witnessed stronger than forecast growth in each of the international markets in which it operates.
As expected, the company reduced its subscriber target in the US from seven to five million net additions as it reported its third-quarter results.
 CEO Reed […]

Netflix under pressure to deliver ahead of results

Analysts expect Netflix to fail to stay on course to hit earlier subscriber targets when it reports results later today and several are questioning the impact the company’s international expansion is having on its financial performance. Netflix boss Reed Hastings said earlier this year that the streaming and DVD delivery (in the US) business would […]

Nonstop turns to Levira for Netflix content preparation

Turner Broadcasting-owned Nonstop Entertainment has hired Estonian media services provider Levira to prepare its content for the Scandinavian versions of the Netflix online video service. “We are honoured to have this opportunity to extend the scope of our cooperation with Turner Broadcasting, and we are excited to meet new challenges. Content adaptation for the Netflix […]

Netflix recruiting for international service

Netflix is looking for a range of language specialists, leading market watchers to speculate it will roll out in new territories or launch new local language versions of its existing service. A job advertisement for specialists that can help Netflix localise its service in Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, German, Italian, Norwegian, Korean, and Japanese has been […]

Netflix launches in Scandinavia, takes first pay TV rights with Warner Bros

Netflix has launched in Denmark today and will roll out in Norway and Finland later this week. The streaming service has also secured a pan-Scandinavian programming deal with Warner Bros for the studio’s TV series and movies in the first pay TV window, DTVE sister publication TBI has learned. The Warner Bros content previously resided […]

Netflix launches kids package on iPads

Netflix’s kids package Just for Kids has launched on the iPad in the UK and Ireland. The curated section targets kids aged 12 years and younger, with programming including Sonic, Johnny Test, Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and Madeline. Titles are also arranged by genre, including superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power. The package is […]