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Hulu drops price of ad-supported subscription

Hulu has dropped the price of its ad-supported subscription offering from US$7.99 (€7.12) per month to US$5.99. The new offer applies to new subscribers only for their first 12 months, before the price reverts back to US$7.99. The ‘limited commercials’ subscription offering gives users unlimited access to Hulu’s TV and movie library, current season episodes […]

Amazon unveils release date for The Grand Tour

Amazon is to release The Grand Tour, its hotly anticipated reboot of BBC show Top Gear, on Friday November 18, with episodes to be made available weekly. An episode of the series will be made available every Friday to Amazon Prime Video subscribers exclusively. The show will feature the stars of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, […]

Research finds ‘high overlap’ between Netflix and Amazon subscribers

The number of consumers taking multiple SVoD subscriptions is continuing to rise in markets where multiple services including Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video are available, according to research by Futuresource. Futuresource found that there is high overlap between Netflix and other leading SVoD services in each country, particularly Amazon Prime Video in the USA, […]

Amazon Germany may pick up season two of Deutschland 83

Amazon Prime Video Germany looks set to pick up first-run rights to the second instalment of Deutschland 83, with its linear broadcaster wavering on a recommission. RTL has not yet committed to financing Deutschland 86 after the first season, which was critical and ratings smash internationally but fared less well locally. German TV trade site […]

Sky reportedly planning to launch Now TV in Spain

Sky is planning to expand its presence in more European markets, kicking off with the launch of a version of its Now TV online service in Spain, according to a report by the UK’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper. According to the Sunday Telegraph, Sky sees the launch of Now TV in Spain, where the service is […]

Netflix extends lead as back-catalogue content drives UK SVOD growth

Netflix is by far the most popular paid-for video-on-demand service in the UK, and is increasing its lead, while BBC iPlayer is the most used among all VoD services, according to the latest edition of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report. According to the survey, 23% of UK adults used Netflix on average each week this year, […]

Sky and Amazon team up for Romans in Britain drama

European satcaster Sky and Amazon Prime Video in the US are to coproduce a big-budget drama focusing on the Roman Imperial Army. The pair have enlisted Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) to pen Britannia, which will be set in AD43 and run to ten episodes. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland on […]

Amazon to double content spend, Prime to launch in India

Amazon is dramatically ramping up its spending on original content, telling investors it will almost double its programme budget for the second half of the year, while tripling the number of original shows on its Prime Instant Video streaming service. The bold commitment to programming comes as its chief SVOD rival ramps ups its spending […]

Amazon to launch streaming partner scheme in Europe

Amazon Video is planning to launch its streaming partners programme in Europe for the first time, according to details revealed in a string of company job posts. The move will see Amazon extend its December-launched US channels initiative – which has seen it partner with major TV networks and content makers like Showtime, Starz and AMC […]

Amazon hails Prime Day sales success, led by Fire TV Stick

This week’s ‘Prime Day’ was Amazon’s biggest day ever for global sales of its own branded devices, according to the e-retail giant. The discount shopping day saw Amazon sell more than 2.5 times more Amazon Fire TV devices compared to Prime Day last year, with its Fire TV Stick the best-selling Amazon device globally. “Amazon today announced customer orders […]