Online TV and video revenues to hit US$35 billion

Global revenue for online TV and video over fixed broadband networks will reach US$34.99 billion (€25.8 billion) in 2018, according to new forecasts by Digital TV Research.  The research predicts revenues in this space to almost double in the next five years, with the revenue to climb from just US$3.98 billion recorded in 2010 and […]

Exclusive Netflix-Disney deal in the Netherlands

Netflix has agreed an deal with Disney for the studio’s film titles. The agreement gives the Dutch Netflix exclusive subscription VOD rights to the features from next year. The deal covers live-action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar and titles include Marvel’s The Avengers, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger. Netflix in the Netherlands […]

Cable’s ties that bind

For pay TV operators, cord cutting is like a difficult breakup, but what can they do to win back the affections of wayward viewers, asks Kate Bulkley. Sometimes  the world of TV mirrors that of the rest of society. Take, for instance, what happens at the end of a long-term relationship: often there is surprise […]

Netflix signs UK deal with Nokia

Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service.  The offer, which is available via Vodafone, will give new customers who buy a contract for Nokia’s September-released Lumia 1020 Windows Phone a 12-month free subscription to Netflix. The operator will also give […]

Netflix orders original drama series from Sony

Netflix’s has ordered another original drama, this time from the creators of Glenn Close legal drama Damages. Sony Pictures Television will produce the as yet untitled show from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka KZK), which will follow a group of siblings whose secrets are revealed when their black sheep brother returns […]

SPT to launch UK SVoD version of Animax channel

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks is set to launch a UK version of its anime channel, Animax, as a subscription video-on-demand service.  Due to launch online this autumn at, Sony said the service is then expected to soon roll out on more platforms and devices. SPT Networks UK has signed a multi-year deal with […]

Netflix in talks with US cable operators

Netflix is in talks with several US cable companies with a view to making its service available via their platforms. Netflix has already started working with cable companies in Europe, inking a deal with Sweden’s Com Hem to offer its service via the cabler’s Tivo settop box, which launched last week. It has also agreed […]

Hulu set to name Fox Networks exec new CEO

US internet TV site Hulu is reportedly close to naming veteran Fox Networks executive Mike Hopkins as its next CEO, replacing interim chief Andy Forssell. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people close to the matter, the appointment is due to be announced “shortly” with the hire set to position Hulu more as a […]

Katzenberg eyes extended DreamWorks-Netflix deal

DreamWorks cofounder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that he hopes the programming deal his studio has with Netflix can run for more than the initial three years agreed. In July DreamWorks sealed a deal to make 300 hours of original animated series for Netflix. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Katzenberg told delegates: “The deal is […]

LoveFilm signs new kids content deal for Marvel Anime series

Amazon-owned video-on-demand service LoveFilm will premier four new animated series in the UK based around popular Marvel comic book characters.  The rights deal, agreed with Sony Pictures Television, will let customers of the subscription service stream the Marvel Anime series, which feature the characters Iron Man, Blade, Wolverine and the X-Men. The anime series were […]