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Tubi launches on Amazon Echo Show

AVOD Tubi has launched on Amazon Echo Show, becoming the first such streamer to be offered on Amazon’s smart screen devices.  The streamer, which saw users stream over 132 million hours of content between May and September, will launch in the UK in 2020. When it launches, it will offer Brits over 44,000 hours of […]

OTT subscription penetration high among smart speaker owners

OTT penetration is very high among owners of smart speaker and smart display owners. According to new research from Parks Associates, more than 90% of these smart device owners in the US have an OTT subscription, compared to 72% of all US broadband households. Unsurprisingly, Netflix was the most popular OTT service among these device […]

Lionsgate signs output deal with Amazon

Amazon is set to be the first-window streaming home for Lionsgate films in the UK, beginning in January. The platform has struck an output deal with the studio that covers recently released and forthcoming theatrical feature films. The multi-year deal begins on 1 January 2020 and will allow Prime members access to films such as […]

Disney+ to exceed 100 million subs by 2025

Imminently launching streamer Disney+ is expected to reach 101 million subscribers by 2025. According to a new report from Digital TV Research, the ‘big five’ SVOD platforms are expected to have a total of 529 million global subscribers, adding 257 million subscribers between 2019-25. The analyst expects Disney+ to clearly establish itself as the third-placed […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

Ovum: FAANG will continue to dominate streaming despite new launches

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the group of tech giants collectively known as FAANG – will continue to dominate the streaming video world despite the launch of multiple new services by US studios, according to an analysis by research outfit Ovum. According to Ovum’s World Information Series-Service provider service, the FAANG five are […]

Free to offer bundled Amazon Prime in France

Amazon has signed a distribution agreement with French operator Free. The deal will see the full Amazon Prime package – which includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Twitch Prime and free delivery from Amazon.fr – included in the Freebox Delta plan at no additional cost to subscribers. Amazon Prime typically costs €5.99 per month, or €49 […]

Twitch launches ‘Watch Parties’ feature

Amazon-owned Twitch is testing a new feature called Watch Parties that allows streamers the ability to stream content from Amazon Prime to their viewers.  In an email sent to select affiliates and partners, the company said: “Watch Parties brings Prime Video to Twitch. You can watch a selection of Prime Video movies and TV shows […]

Indian government considering censorship of online streamers

Streamers like Netflix and Amazon are facing the threat of censorship in India, claims a new report. According to government sources cited by Reuters, the Indian government is considering censorship of content on streaming platforms, with film and TV certification bodies already moderating public content in the country. The consideration follows a number of court […]

Amazon Prime Video Channels launches in France

Amazon has launched its Prime Video Channels offering in France, bringing a range of third-party offerings including Starzplay, TFOU Max, GulliMax, GEO Television and MGM to the Amazon Prime platform in that country. As in other markets, Amazon Prime Video Channels will be available as additional subscriptions to Prime members in France, with fees starting […]

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