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Starzplay to launch in France, Italy and Spain

Lionsgate-owned subscription video-on-demand service Starzplay has struck agreements to launch branded channels in France, Italy and Spain following its earlier launches in the UK and Germany. Starzplay launched on Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany in May, bringing shows such as Vida and Sweetbitter and popular series such as Boss, Party Down, Survivor’s Remorse and Swedish Dicks to subscribers in those countries. “We’re […]

Discovery appoints Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

Amazon unscripted content chief to exit

Amazon’s head of unscripted, Heather Schuster, is to exit the company after an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior was administered by the company. While Amazon has made no formal comment, Schuster’s exit arrived after the company launched an investigation on inappropriate comments made during meetings and misuse of power, according to Deadline, which first reported […]

Amazon to continue focus on Prime Channels build-out

Amazon said it plans to continue growing its Amazon Prime Channels service but would not speculate on whether it aims to take on pay TV providers by offering a ‘skinny bundle’ offering. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, Amazon’s director of investor relations, David Fildes, declined to speculate on future plans but said […]

TDG: free shipping, not content, is key driver for Amazon Prime

The vast majority of Amazon Prime users in the US still sign up for the service because they can benefit from free shipping of goods rather than to access Amazon Prime Video content, according to new research by The Diffusion Group (TDG). According to TDG, 79% of Amazon Prime users cite free shipping as the […]

IHS Markit: Netflix and Amazon grow local originals output

Netflix and Amazon are building their presence in local markets with a growing amount of their original content produced outside the US, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that Netflix launched 1,257 hours of original first-run content last year, 402 hours of which – some 32% – originated outside the US. Amazon produced […]

Handmaid’s Tale tops Parrot list for Western Europe

The Handmaid’s Tale was the most in-demand digital original in western Europe for the week ending July 15, according to Parrot Analytics. According to Parrot, the show, which was created for Hulu in the US but is distributed by multiple video service providers and broadcasters internationally, scored an average of 4.612 demand expressions per 100 […]

Streaming services overtake UK pay TV as viewing revolution gathers pace

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

Report: Amazon tests smart TV set for UK market

Amazon is reportedly testing a smart TV set in the UK, which will mark its latest push into the video streaming market. According to a report by UK paper The Telegraph, the smart TV was developed alongside a group of Chinese manufacturers and is being tested by the DTG. The Telegraph claims that Amazon’s UK-targeted TV […]

Viacom in Japanese deal with Amazon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has signed a channel distribution deal with Amazon, which will make Nickelodeon Japan and MTV MIX available on Amazon Prime Video Channels from July 3. Amazon Prime members can access the channels when they register on Prime Video Channels, a new service that launched on 14 June. The rollout of Nickelodeon Japan and […]

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