Netflix launches ‘My List’ feature

Netflix has launched a new feature designed to make it easier for users to “set aside” TV and movie titles that they plan to come back and watch.  Netflix said it will roll out the ‘My List’ feature to all its global subscribers within the next two weeks, replacing and improving upon the Instant Queue […]

Netflix: Weinstein deal will ‘reinvent’ pay TV window

Netflix’s efforts to secure first-run content have resulted in an exclusive US pay TV deal for The Weinstein Company’s movies – a partnership the pair claims will “reinvent” windowing. Streaming service Netflix has scored a multi-year licensing deal that gives it first-window subscription rights to theatrically released feature films from TWC and Dimension Films, starting […]

Netflix gets Scholastic about kids shows

Streaming service Netflix has acquired a range of series from education-focused children’s content producer Scholastic Media. The news shows will launch on Netflix’s platforms in the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. Netflix has already launched season 1-4 of The Magic School Bus comprising 52 episodes and seasons 1-4 of Goosebumps comprising 74 […]

Young adults less likely to subscribe to pay-TV services

Young adults still living at home are more likely to subscribe to an online video service like Netflix or Hulu Plus when they move out, rather than take a “legacy pay-TV service” like cable or satellite, according to new research. The Diffusion Group’s (TDG’s) US study into media behaviour of ‘late millenials’ found that, among […]

Vikings drives MGM growth as Tellem joins board

Strong worldwide sales of scripted drama Vikings helped Hollywood studio MGM report revenue growth of 164% in its second quarter. MGM parent MGM Holdings reported revenue of US$339 million (€256 million) for the three months to June 30, 2012, up from US$128.4 million in 2012, news that was compounded by the announcement Microsoft Studios chief […]

Netflix hires Chief Platform Officer

Netflix has apparently upped product development vice-president Greg Peters to chief platform/ partnership officer.  The job title was referenced in a share ownership filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, posted last week, and was first reported by tech blog GigaOm. Peters joined Netflix in 2008 and was brought in to take responsibility for bringing […]

Multi-channel video subscriptions have peaked, says study

Some 86% of US households subscribe to multi channel video services though penetration is on the decline, according to new stats by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).  The research claims that US multi-channel video penetration “essentially peaked at 88% in 2010” following the digital switchover, having increased from 82% in 2005. Though multi-channel video providers reported […]

Mid East ‘Netflix’ signs Starz deal

Dubai-based VOD platform icflix has scored a major deal with Starz for titles including the upcoming pirate drama Black Sails and BBC period piece The White Queen. The hybrid SVOD/TVOD platform, which commentators have dubbed as the Middle East’s answer to Netflix, has also acquired the other Starz Original series, Magic City and Spartacus. The […]

RTL Netherlands takes aim at Netflix with Videoland deal

RTL Netherlands has acquired Dutch video-on-demand service Videoland as it aims to move into subscription video-on-demand and fend off competition from Netflix. RTL Netherlands announced it has bought 65% of Videoland’s parent firm The Entertainment Group (TEG), with RTL Netherlands CEO Bert Habets commenting that the deal was a “logical next step in the development […]

Disney’s Iger: investment in Hulu a boon for content owners

Disney chief Bob Iger has said Hulu has real strategic and financial value for the company and offers a considerable opportunity for content owners. Hulu’s owners, Disney, Fox and Comcast recently explored sale options before deciding to retain the business, the second time that situation had played out. The Disney boss said yesterday that the […]