Netflix launches in Scandinavia, takes first pay TV rights with Warner Bros

Netflix has launched in Denmark today and will roll out in Norway and Finland later this week. The streaming service has also secured a pan-Scandinavian programming deal with Warner Bros for the studio’s TV series and movies in the first pay TV window, DTVE sister publication TBI has learned. The Warner Bros content previously resided […]

Netflix launches kids package on iPads

Netflix’s kids package Just for Kids has launched on the iPad in the UK and Ireland. The curated section targets kids aged 12 years and younger, with programming including Sonic, Johnny Test, Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and Madeline. Titles are also arranged by genre, including superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power. The package is […]

MTG uses Envivio to bring Viaplay to set-tops

Modern Times Group has selected technology company Envivio’s Muse software-based encoding solutions to extend its Viaplay OTT service to set-top boxes. Viaplay is using Envivio Muse Live software-based encoders on the 4Caster C4 Gen III platform to extend streaming of live channels to IP set-top-boxes. The Viaplay online platform for the Nordic market launched as […]

Service providers will need to move beyond triple-play, says report

Service providers will increasingly have to offer subscribers more complex bundled products in place of traditional triple- or quad-play offerings, according to a study by Informa Telecoms & Media. According to Informa senior analyst Tony Brown, operators will increasingly have to include OTT content from companies like Netflix and Spotify, and possibly VoIP offerings from […]

Netflix loses a swathe of A+E programming and Nat Geo titles

Netflix has lost 800 hours of content from A+E Networks after both parties failed to renew a programming deal. Variety first reported that the A+E shows, including Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, were no longer available to stream on Netflix’s US service. It does still carry some A+E […]

Netflix updates iPhone app

Netflix has updated its iPhone app for the UK and Ireland, making the service similar to the one found on tablet devices. The new iPhone service offers more titles and galleries, and now includes a row at the top of the browsing screen that lets users continue watching programmes or films that they have already […]

Netflix signs deal for RTÉ content

Netflix has signed a deal with RTÉ Digital to bring a variety of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ’s content to Netflix users in the UK and Ireland. From September 15, Netflix subscribers will be able to view RTÉ shows including The Clinic, Killnaskully, Trivia, and Mattie. Hit series Raw will be available in Ireland. “We are […]

Lovefilm brings Wallace & Gromit to viewers

Lovefilm has signed a deal with UK animation house Aardman that will bring movies from the Wallace & Gromit franchise to the online video streaming platform. Other Aardman movies and shorts, including Shaun the Sheep, Morph, Angry Kid and Rex the Runt, will also be available to Lovefilm customers. Jim Buckle, managing director at Lovefilm, […]

Netflix UK hits one million, confident on winning first pay movie rights

Netflix has attracted one million subscribers in the UK and Ireland. The online video streaming service reached the milestone faster than in any other territory in which it has launched. Netflix launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year, offering unlimited movie streaming for £5.99 (€7.60) per month. The service is […]

Hulu plans for CEO departure

A confidential memo has revealed that streaming and catch-up service Hulu plans for CEO departure is already looking at how it could replace its CEO Jason Kilar. Trade paper Variety has obtained a confidential internal memo addressing issues facing Hulu and the top bullet point therein reads: “Outline transition plan for new CEO. Discuss potential […]