Netflix streamed more than one billion hours in June

Netflix, the video streaming and DVD rental service, said its US customers watched over one billion hours of movies and TV shows online in June, a record for the company. The US milestone was announced by CEO Reed Hastings. It means that, on average, each streaming subscriber in the US streamed an average of 38 […]

Netflix expands Twentieth Century Fox deal

Online video service Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to the new season of Arrested Development in the UK and Ireland. This move is part of a volume deal the digital platform has struck with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The nascent service, which launched in the UK and Ireland, commissioned a new season of the […]

Netflix updates user interface

Online video platform Netflix is updating its service so that customers can access new content more easily. 
 The platform is upgrading the feature on its sites in the UK, Ireland and Latin America and it will also be available on its services accessible through game consoles, tablets, phones and all other devices that stream […]

MTG’s Viaplay launches hybrid service with Netgem

Modern Times Group has selected France-based set-top and home gateway company Netgem to supply a hybrid set-top box for its Viaplay service. The Viaplay box can deliver OTT-delivered premium content, DTT channels and the full Viaplay online service. Viaplay will use the set-top to broaden its Swedish offering, and to make linear and on-demand pay […]

Netflix beats Apple in online movie race

Netflix was the top online movie service in the US last year, surpassing Apple’s iTunes, according to IHS Screen Digest. It reports that Netflix’s share of US online movie revenue soared to 44% 2011 while Apple’s share of total revenue declined to 32.3% last year, down from a 60.8% in 2010.
 “2011 marked a sea […]

Lovefilm launches HD streaming

Online streaming service Lovefilm is launching high-definition streaming in the UK and Germany. The move will see HD viewing available to Lovefilm Instant subscribers. In the UK, customers using a PC or Mac can enjoy 1080p high-definition content, while Xbox360 and Samsung and LG connected HD TV customers will have 720p resolution. In Germany, 1080p […]

Lovefilm strikes NBCU deal 

UK online streaming service Lovefilm has struck a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution that gives viewers access to films during the second pay window.
 The multi-year agreement increases the competition between Amazon-owned Lovefilm and Netflix, which launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year.
The deal is Lovefilm’s latest studio […]

Competition Commission performs Sky Movies U-turn

The UK Competition Commission has changed its position on Sky Movies and now says the channel’s movie agreements do not provide the Sky pay TV platform with a material advantage over its rivals in the pay TV retail market. The Commission, which is investigating whether Sky Movies has a dominant position in the market, had […]

Netflix ups Cindy Holland to international role

Netflix has promoted Cindy Holland to vice-president, original content and content acquisition making her responsible for acquiring and launching original series across the streaming service’s entire 25 million-strong domestic and international customer base.
 Jason Ropell, who joined Netflix last year, meanwhile, will take on Holland’s former responsibilities and oversee licensing content for the US market […]

Hulu unveils more original programming, acquisitions

US streaming service Hulu has unveiled a new programming slate comprising three original series and seven acquisitions. The original series include a movie review show hosted by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and a travel series from Richard Linklater (School of Rock).
 The ten-episode movie series, Spoilers, is produced by Smith’s SModCo and will launch on June […]