hayu comes to Viaplay in Poland and Baltics

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has announced a multi-year distribution deal with NBCUniversal to become reality streamer hayu’s first platform partner in Poland and Baltic countries. The service will be made available to Viaplay subscribers in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at no extra cost from autumn 2021. Hayu’s content offering includes more than 1,000 […]

HBO Max kicks off European expansion

WarnerMedia’s premium streaming service HBO Max has begun rolling out in Europe. The streamer, which brings together content from brands including Warner Bros., HBO, DC and Cartoon Network, has launched in the Nordics and Spain as the beginning of its 27-territory rollout. To kick off HBO Max’s availability, the company is running a month-long promotion […]

ViacomCBS and Foxtel agree content and app deals

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel has announced a series of content distribution and app deals with US media giant ViacomCBS. The most significant of these deals will see the recently launched Paramount+ app, and the 10 Play app, integrated into Foxtel’s iQ3, iQ4, and the brand new iQ5 set top boxes. Paramount+ launched in Australia […]

The future of American SVOD lies outside of the US

There is little more to say about Netflix that hasn’t already been said. There had been slight concerns about the service – which often serves as a barometer for the health of the streaming industry at large – when it suffered two consecutive underwhelming quarters for the first half or 2021. However, the company has […]

HBO Max continues growth despite US dip

HBO and its companion streaming service HBO Max have seen subscribers increase to almost 70 million in a positive quarter for parent company AT&T. The pull of shows such as White Lotus and Hacks along with its day-and-date theatrical releases like The Suicide Squad saw subscribers to both services grow by 1.9 million from the […]

Netflix trans employees and allies stage walkout

Around 100 people have held a protest outside Netflix’s LA headquarters as the backlash mounts to Dave Chapelle’s comedy special The Closer, which has been blasted as transphobic. Netflix staff, joined by transgender rights activists, staged the walkout outside the streamer’s Sunset Boulevard offices yesterday, with demonstrators calling on the SVOD giant to support more transgender […]

Disney+ on VIDAA Smart OS

Disney+ is coming to VIDAA Smart OS-powered Hisense and Toshiba smart TVs. Coming as a part of the latest firmware update to the Linux-based smart TV OS, users will gain access to the family-oriented streaming service which provides access to content from brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Guy Edri, EVP […]

Squid Game sets Netflix to better-than-expected Q3

The phenomenal success of Korean thriller series Squid Game helped Netflix to beat forecasts for Q3. The company recovered from two consecutive underwhelming quarters to add 4.38 million paid subscribers for a total of 213.6 million worldwide. This surpassed internal projections of 3.5 million additions, with almost half of the new adds coming from APAC. […]

OTT saturation at a high in the US

OTT saturation is at 82% in the US. According to figures from AI consumer data provider Resonate, more than eight in ten US consumers now watch some form of OTT content, while only 55% still watch cable TV. The live TV streaming only skews older, with the largest age group being 45-54 years old. The […]

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