Time Warner may extend SVOD holdback window

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has indicated his media giant may begin holding back key programming from subscription on-demand platforms. The move to extend linear broadcasts to “a multiyear period more consistent with traditional syndication” is a clear attempt to keep viewers on Time Warner’s traditional channels by withdrawing sought-after programming from the SVOD space. […]

Netflix’s Hastings says there is ‘not enough TV’

Netflix boss Reed Hastings has said there is not “nearly enough” TV content in the market, coming out in strong opposition to the likes of FX boss John Landgraf who has said there is a glut of programming that is causing a ‘malaise’ among viewers. The Netflix chief added that Netflix will be investing in more content […]

The Middle ground: premium TV in the Middle East and North Africa

Despite the region’s overwhelmingly free-to-air profile, competition is heating up in premium TV in MENA, with continued growth for BeIN Sports and OSN and the development of new OTT offerings. Rebecca Hawkes reports. It is often said that TV in the Arab world bears little or no resemblance to other international markets. Characterised by free-to-air […]

US Netflix users watch ’10 shows per week’

Regular Netflix users in the US watch 10 shows and four movies per week via the platform, according to GfK. The research firm claims that users surveyed three years ago watched only five TV shows per week via Netflix, while tuning into the SVoD service on mobile devices has also more than doubled in the […]

Report: Netflix in talks over Singapore launch

Global streaming service Netflix has reportedly entered into talks with Singapore’s Media Development Authority over a planned launch in the Asian territory. The Singapore Times reported that Netflix is keen to avoid the examples of fellow US-based media and tech firms Google and Apple, both of whom launched in Singapore without regulatory go-ahead and were later forced […]

Netflix ‘to reach 100 million subscribers’ by 2018

Netflix will pass the 100 million subscriber mark in 2018, with the UK due to be the SVoD service’s number one European market that year with 7.1 million subscribers, according to IHS. The research firm predicts that between now and 2019, Netflix subscriptions will grow by 22%, with 10 million new subscribers to be added […]

Amazon bags Lucifer, Badlands for UK

Amazon Prime Instant Video has acquired exclusive UK rights to new US dramas Lucifer and Into the Badlands. High-concept Fox drama Lucifer will premiere early next year on the SVOD service after a deal with distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, while AMC martial arts hybrid Badlands debuts on November 17 after an agreement with […]

Icflix launches on PS3 and PS4 consoles

Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has launched on Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles. Through the Sony deal, PlayStation viewers will be able to access Icflix’s catalogue of Hollywood, Jazwood and Bollywood content. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership to millions of PlayStation owners across Middle East and […]

Concern about Netflix ‘overstated’

Concern over the recent dip in Netflix’s share price that followed mixed financial results is “overstated”, as the streaming service “continues to go from strength to strength”, according to an analyst. Netflix added 880,000 US subscribers in the third quarter of 2015, missing a 1.15 million forecast and falling 110,000 on the previous year. This […]

Vodafone Spain offering Netflix free for six months

Following Tuesday’s launch of Netflix in Spain, Vodafone España has launched a promotion making the SVoD service available free of charge to its Vodafone One and Vodafone Red customers for six months. The deal applies to new and existing customers with Vodafone One M or L packages that take the telco’s TV service. It is […]