Amazon praises rapid growth of ad-supported platforms

Amazon’s increased investment in ad-supported platforms and services has been rewarded by a surge of users, the company has said. Presenting at the NewFronts, the company said that its ad-supported OTT content has increased by 100 million over the course of 12 months – with viewers increasing from 20 million in January 2020.  One of […]

Rakuten TV preps more than 90 pan-European FAST channels

Streaming service Rakuten TV is ramping up its presence across Europe by launching more than 90 new ad-supported linear channels. The free-to-watch networks will be available across 42 European markets, with Rakuten curating global and local entertainment programming for the themed services. The line-up will vary in each territory but content will include movies, entertainment […]

Berenberg: NENT stands apart as European SVOD ‘champion’ as other broadcasters look to AVOD

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) stands apart as a ‘traditional’ broadcaster that has successfully captured a large share of the digital market in an environment where the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a permanent shift to digital video consumption, according to an analysis by Berenberg. Assessing the overall video distribution market, Berenberg believes that “the shift away […]

Crackle launches on Vewd TVs

AVOD operator Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has announced an agreement between Crackle Plus and Vewd. The deal will see the Crackle app launch on smart TVs and set-top boxes powered by OTT and hybrid TV solutions provider Vewd. Vewd powers the app store, home screen, and promotion experiences on such brands as Sony, […]

Netgem TV adds Filmzie to UK offering

Ad-supported movie streaming and social platform Filmzie has integrated its offering with Netgem TV, the technology company’s TV service for the UK’s alternative telecom networks and ISPs. The deal allows homes with a Netgem TV box or connected TV to access Filmzie series and films for free. The offering is available to recently launched ISP […]

AVOD streamer Roku eyes more content deals after Quibi acquisitions

AVOD streamer The Roku Channel is looking to strike more content deals following the recent acquisition of shows from defunct streamer Quibi, after unveiling surging usage of its service. Roku, which manufactures devices as well as operating online networks, said that the reach of The Roku Channel had more than doubled in the past three months […]

AVOD rlaxx TV launches on Apple TV and Panasonic, Grundig smart TVs

German AVOD service rlaxx TV has launched on Apple TV along with Panasonic and Grundig smart TVs. The service, which was launched on Amazon Fire TV devices and Android TV in January, is currently available in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is also available on Blaupunkt, Hisense, Hitachi, JVC, Medion, Metz, Sharp, Telefunken, […]

200 million Americans using free AVOD services each month

Almost 200 million Americans are using AVOD services on a monthly basis, a new report has found. According to Omdia, nearly 200 million consumers in the US are using ad-supported streaming services. This makes it the second largest market for AVOD behind India, which has more than half a billion AVOD users watching for free. […]

Industry-backed non-scripted AVOD Documentary+ launches

Documentary+, a new non-scripted AVOD platform, has launched. The service is available for free around the world and promises a large curated collection of feature-length and short documentary films from the likes of Spike Jonze, Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, and Werner Herzog.  The streamer is a joint venture between non-fiction film studio XTR and the […]

Focus: AVOD on the rise

Streaming in general has grown hugely during 2020, including AVOD. Fateha Begum, associate director at DTVE sister research group OMDIA, explores the likely future development of ad-supported services. Over the years, and particularly in early 2020, online video penetration increased as many households turned to such services for the first time. Simultaneously, the average number […]