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Lovefilm extends BBC Worldwide deal

Amazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has inked a new, extended, content deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The pair already had a programming agreement with Worldwide, but the new agreement gives it rights to a wider range of content from the distributor. New shows that will become available on Lovefilm […]

Lovefilm to air Amazon originals for free in pilot programme

UK subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm is to air original pilot shows from its parent company’s Amazon Studios unit. Lovefilm will host 11 original TV series test pilots for its members to stream for free. The kids and comedy content will be made available to Lovefilm subscribers in the UK and Germany, with viewers’ responses being […]

Disney deal for Lovefilm

Subscription DVD and video-on-demand service Lovefilm has struck a content deal with Disney for the UK and Ireland for animated series featuring superheroes from the Marvel stable. The deal will allow Lovefilm to stream shows including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Silver Surfer. Jim Buckle, managing director of Lovefilm, said: “We already […]

Netflix sees strong growth – but no more international launches in first half

Netflix says losses from its international business will get smaller, but it has no plans to roll out into new international territories in the short term. The US-listed firm added 1.81 million international streaming subscribers in the fourth quarter to take its total international base to 6.12 million. The company added 2.05 million streaming subs […]

US Netflix users moving to connected TV

About 40% of US consumers with an internet connected TV were watching Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, according to research by NPD. According to NPD, 22% of connected TV owners had migrated entirely from using over-the-top video services on their computers to watching on the TV instead. Over half of consumers aged […]

Lovefilm adds 4oD to on-demand offering

Amazon-owned subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has struck a new content deal with Channel 4, giving subscribers access to content from the latter’s 4oD on-demand service. The deal will enable Lovefilm subscribers to stream shows including Peep Show, Father Ted, The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner. The shows will be grouped in branded 4oD collection that […]

Netflix trumps LoveFilm of TV series, but loses out on movies

New research comparing the number of TV series and movies on Netflix and Lovefilm reveals the former has a much deeper selection of TV available for streaming content while the later has considerably more movies. The research compares the numbers of movie titles and seasons of TV shows available on the UK services of Netflix […]

LoveFilm inks streaming deal with NBC Universal for TV shows

LoveFilm has sealed a UK programming deal with NBC Universal that gives the Amazon-owned streaming service a raft of the studio’s catalogue and current TV series. The agreement, with NBC Universal International TV, covers scripted shows including 30 Rock, Knight Rider, Warehouse 13 and the US version of The Office. LoveFilm said it covered hundreds […]

Court rules Netflix enjoyed preferential treatment

A US federal appeals court has ruled that Netflix has been getting preferential treatment for the delivery of its TV series and movies through the post. The court agreed with video games delivery service Gamefly, which had complained that an extra charge was being levied by the US Postal Service for handling its deliveries because […]

TF1 mulling SVOD launch as competition heats up

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s chief executive Nonce Paolini is interested in launching a subscription video-on-demand service. Speaking at an event yesterday, Paolini said that an SVOD service was one of the projects TF1 was considering in the short and medium term. According to French newspaper Les Echos, Paolini also said the possible revival of discussions […]