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Amazon’s understated video dominance should not go unnoticed

By comparison to the record year for Netflix, and the irrepressible rise of Disney+, Amazon has somewhat flown under the radar as a VOD player over the past year. The news however that Amazon now has 200 million Prime subscribers globally generating US$126 billion of value for the company should come as no surprise given […]

DAZN steps up with Serie A rights on latest leap to global domination

Cash-rich DAZN is going from strength to strength, with its latest move looking likely to be a public offering in the near future. While quickly ascending over the past few years, DAZN has more recently brought in top-caliber execs to show it means business in the long-term. In January, the sports world was shocked when […]

The future’s in the clouds

IPTV services are increasingly adopting cloud technology, which can provide a more efficient, scalable way of delivering content to end users.  While there are differences of opinion about how fast and how far service providers should embrace the cloud, IPTV providers are under considerable pressure to optimise their delivery infrastructure, not only to manage costs […]

How does the set-top box fit in with the streaming future?

The set-top box has been the workhorse of the pay TV industry for decades.  But the popularity of streaming services – as evidenced by the 1 billion-plus SVOD subscriptions reached in 2020 – shows the need for operators to adapt quickly to new circumstances and deliver services to devices other than TVs within a specific […]

AVOD’s Third Wave

All online entertainment – whether it’s video, music or games – has experienced a tremendous uptick during 2020 courtesy of Covid-19’s wrath and subsequent lockdowns. In fact, we can just about match up the various peaks in consumption to each wave of the virus’ impact on consumers’ restriction of movement. But there are other influences […]

The live-streaming revolution

Live-streaming, including of major sports, has been one of the big stories of the video distribution business over the last couple of years.  The last few years have seen the incorporation of live services into broader mainstream offerings like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and the just-launched Paramount+ as well as the launch of dedicated live-streaming sports services […]

Who wants Paramount+?

Long in the works, Paramount+ was officially shown off to the press this week ahead of its March 4 launch.  While CBS All Access was on the peripheries of the streaming zeitgeist, Paramount+ is ViacomCBS’s big play to enter the same sphere as its domestic broadcasting rivals who have launched HBO Max and Peacock in […]

Comparisons with Netflix get real as Disney+ gears up for Star

Ahead of the launch of Star, its sixth content hub within Disney+, the company last week announced that it had surpassed its four-year subscriber target in just 14 months with a total of 94.9 million users globally. If that wasn’t good enough for Disney, an industry-shaking projection came this week that Disney+ will overtake Netflix for […]

AVOD explosion good news for European broadcasters who missed the SVOD boat

While the focus of recent weeks has been the continued growth of US SVOD services – be it Disney’s rapid approach towards 100 million subscribers, HBO Max’s LATAM expansion or ViacomCBS’s heavy promotion of Paramount+ during the Super Bowl – an arguably undercovered aspect of the market is the explosion of free ad-supported streamers. According […]

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