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Ampere: Netflix leads the FAANGs with focus on comedy and sci-fi originals

Netflix continues to lead the FAANG companies in terms of original content, though the Facebook, Apple and Google-owned YouTube platforms are also making “unprecedented strides” in original content production. This is according to new research by Ampere Analysis, which shines a light on both the number of originals that the FAANGs are working on and […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

Bitmovin survey unveils streaming trends

Latency is the biggest problem experienced by online video today, multiple codecs and streaming formats will continue to fight for market share and Apple retains a narrow lead as the most widely supported online video platform in a multi-device world. These are some of the findings of the Bitmovin Video Developer Report from video compression […]

Netflix ‘testing’ direct payment, bypassing iTunes on iOS devices

Netflix is testing a payment method on iOS devices aimed at cutting Apple’s iTunes out of the loop in 33 countries, according to press reports. According to TechCrunch, the subscription video-on-demand giant is redirecting new and lapsed subscribers launching the Netflix app on an iOS device away from iTunes to a mobile web version of […]

Apple boss predicts cord cutting acceleration as it preps TV projects

Cord cutting will accelerate at a “much faster rate than is widely though,” predicted Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company’s latest earnings call, with Apple positioning itself to take advantage of these market changes. Responding to a question about the company’s original content strategy, the Apple boss said he feels “really good about what […]

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 […]

Apple hires Oppenheimer for international content team

Apple has hired BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer as a creative executive for its international team – led by former Channel 4 creative boss Jay Hunt. Oppenheimer becomes the second UK executive to join Apple’s TV ventures, after it hired Hunt as its European director of worldwide video. The new exec will be a London-based creative […]

Apple reportedly mulling single-subscription for TV, music and magazines

Apple is reportedly mulling a single subscription offering for original TV shows, music and magazine content as it gears up for the launch of a streaming service to take on the might of Netflix and Amazon. According to The Information, citing unnamed sources, Apple plans to kick off with the launch of a digital news […]

Apple orders English-language version of Canal+ series

Apple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal+ French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network. The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing French series. […]

Apple signs up Oprah in multiyear deal

Apple has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programming on its upcoming streaming service. Apple said in a statement: “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” There is currently no detail on how much they brought the influential […]

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