Disney and Scarlett Johansson settle Black Widow streaming lawsuit

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson has settled her lawsuit with Disney over the media giant’s release structure of the superhero movie. In July, the actor alleged a breach of contract after Disney simultaneously released the film simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+’s Premier Access programme. Johansson’s salary was in part based on the film’s box […]

Netflix sued by SK Broadband over data usage following Squid Game surge

Netflix is facing a lawsuit from South Korean ISP SK Broadband over a surge in traffic. SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work, with titles Squid Game and D.P. cited as a significant reason for the uptick in usage. Squid Game in particular has proved to […]

High costs prohibiting OTT growth in sub-Saharan Africa

Showmax and Netflix are dominating the sub-Saharan SVOD market, a new report has revealed. According to Dataxis, Showmax and Netflix are the dominant players in the SVOD market with a market share of 31.6% and 29.7% of subscribers respectively. Other Western players including Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ are struggling to get a foothold […]

Netflix acquires first video game studio

Netflix has acquired its first video game studio as it continues to make advances into the space. The company has picked up Night School Studio, an indie game development firm behind 2019’s Afterparty and the celebrated 2016 mystery title Oxenfree, which currently has a sequel in the works. The studio previously worked on a now-canceled […]

SVOD subscriptions to surpass 1.6 billion within five years

Global SVOD subscriptions are set to increase by almost half a billion over the coming years. According to Digital TV Research, the number of SVOD subscriptions will increase by 491 million between 2021 and 2026 to reach 1.64 billion. Of that total, China and the US will account for almost half (49%) the total by […]

Amazon’s IMDb TV launches in the UK 

IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service, is now available in the UK. The ad-supported streaming service launched with a line up of IMDb TV Originals including Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, Moment of Truth, and Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, as well as a library of movies and television show, including Pulp Fiction, Anger Management, The English […]

Dizi launches on Amazon Prime Channels in Spain

SPI international’s Turkish drama streaming offering Dizi has launched on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain. The Dizi SVOD service, dubbed in Spanish, is being offered as an add-on paid monthly subscription package available for Prime members at €2.99 per month and subscribers can get a free trial for two weeks. Some of the Dizi […]

Berenberg positive on NENT Group’s upping of sub targets and EBIT losses

Nordic streaming outfit Nordic Entertainment Group’s (NENT Group) ambitious international rollout plan for Viaplay is “likely to bear fruit in the medium term”, despite increased EBIT losses as it finances it expansion, according to an analysis by Berenberg. At NENT Group’s capital markets day last week the streaming outfit raised its subscriber target for 2025 […]

Amazon launches Prime Video Channels in India

Amazon has brought its streaming aggregation service to India. The company has made eight global and local streaming services available via Amazon Channels in India.  Following the model that has seen success in markets like the UK and the US, customers can sign up for services from partners including Discovery, Lionsgate and Mubi directly through […]

Malaysia set for rapid SVOD growth

SVOD penetration in Malaysia is set to more than double in the coming years. According to GlobalData, the household penetration of subscription video services in Malaysia is expected to increase from 12% in 2020 to about 27% in 2025.  The report notes that this will come as a result of rising OTT service platform adoption. […]