Court blocks plans for ProSieben and RTL’s online TV service

A German court has blocked plans by ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL to launch a catch-up TV service in the country. The commercial broadcasters had wanted to launch an online service with their own, and third-party content.
 The country’s competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt ruled last year that the ProSieben and RTL service would take too great a […]

Netflix launches kids package in US

US streaming service Netflix has launched its kids package Just For Kids on Microsoft’s XBox360 console. The agreement means that kids will be able to watch child-friendly TV programmes and films through a specially designed portal on the console. Netflix launched the kids package in August 2011 and it is currently available on PCs and […]

Maxdome inks deal with NBC Universal

Video-on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with NBC Universal International TV Distribution.
 The NBC deal means that ProSiebenSat.1-owned Maxdome now has deals with all of the major studios, having previously inked deals with Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. The multiyear NBC agreement gives Maxdome right to a range of new and library […]

Apple adds Hulu Plus to Apple TV

Apple has added the Hulu Plus subscription service to its Apple TV device in the US. Existing Hulu Plus subscribers can get access to the service for no extra charge, while new users can sign up for a one-week trial or sign up via iTunes. A number of shows available on the regular online version […]

Amazon’s LoveFilm inks Miramax deal

LoveFilm has inked a deal with movie distributor Miramax giving the Amazon-owned service’s customers in Germany and the UK access to a raft of feature film titles. The SVOD deal includes There Will Be Blood, Sin City and numerous other Miramax titles, which will be available on an on-demand basis.

Netflix claims it is beating LoveFilm in the UK

Netflix will launch in another European market in the fourth quarter of this year, management confirmed as the streaming service reported its second quarter results. Earlier this year Informa Telecoms & Media forecast that Netflix would launch in Sweden before end-2012.
 The company had put international expansion on hold to focus on returning to overall […]

Analysts expect reduced Netflix earnings

Analysts expect Netflix to report disappointing second quarter results next week. Forbes reports that analysts anticipate a 96.8% fall in year-on-year earnings when it reports quarterly results on July 24. The forecast loss is, however, smaller than the one analysts were forecasting three months ago. Revenues are expected to continue to increase 12.7%, Forbes says, […]

Jason Kilar and Dawn Ostroff confirmed for MIPCOM

Hulu boss Jason Kilar will give a keynote address at the upcoming MIPCOM TV market in Cannes. Organisers confirmed his attendance yesterday along with that of Dawn Ostroff, the president of Condé Nast Entertainment and former boss of US network The CW. Both will give ‘Media Mastermind’ keynotes and talk about how digital production, distribution […]

Hulu and BBC join forces for comedy

US-based online video service Hulu and UK public broadcaster the BBC have joined forces and will co-produce the fourth season of The Thick of It. The satirical British comedy will then air simultaneously in the US and UK. The deal marks Hulu’s first international co-production deal as it ramps up its investment in original content. […]

Hulu CEO tipped as next Yahoo boss

Jason Kilar, CEO of streaming service Hulu, is one of two candidates to become the next CEO of Yahoo, according to various reports. Kilar and interim CEO Ross Levinsohn are the two names on the final shortlist. Kilar is thought to be out of contract at Hulu. Yahoo was linked to a bid for Hulu […]