Blinkbox sales up 245% over Christmas

Tesco-owned TV and movie streaming service Blinkbox claims it had a “record breaking” Christmas, with sales up by 245% year-on-year over the festive period. The UK online store claimed that a surge in pre-Christmas tablet sales helped boost the figures, with sales on mobile devices – mainly tablets – up 674% compared to the previous […]

UK outfit provides price comparisons for online TV shows

UK outfit Tank Top TV has launched a web-based directory of TV shows to allow users to compare the cost of streaming or downloading them from online service providers. According to Tank Top TV, it has built a searchable catalogue of over 73,000 episodes of shows to sit alongside its existing listing of 13,000 digitally […]

Blinkbox hires Group Brand Director

Tesco-owned VOD store Blinkbox has hired the former UK CEO of ad agency TBWA, Matt Shepherd-Smith, as group brand director.  Blinkbox said that its “rapid growth” since its 2011 Tesco takeover had “driven the need” for the full time post. Shepherd-Smith had been advising the firm on a non-exec basis for the past two years […]

Microsoft announces Xbox One launch partners

Microsoft has announced the “first wave” of launch partners for its new Xbox One games console, including Netflix, Eurosport and Machinima. In Europe, where Microsoft is due to launch the Xbox One on November 22, the firm announced content partners for seven countries – Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Videogame themed […]

YouView takes UK catch-up lead

UK connected TV platform, YouView, is now the largest catch-up TV provider in the UK, according to the latest stats from digital media consultancy Decipher. The firm’s Q3 2013 audit claims that the YouView platform’s catch-up assets grew by 25% in the quarter to 2,677 programmes, beating Sky, which has 2,592 content assets. In spite […]

Blinkbox launches PS3 app

Tesco-owned UK video-on-demand store Blinkbox has launched a dedicated app for the Sony PlayStation 3 console. Blinkbox is already available via Microsoft Xbox games consoles, as well as on PCs, Macs, Android and Apple tablets, selected set-top boxes and Blu-ray players and on Samsung, LG, Phillips and Toshiba smart TVs. Blinkbox said that the PS3 […]

Blinkbox taps Akamai for viewer diagnostics

UK-based, Tesco-owned TV and movie streaming service Blinkbox is using the viewer diagnostics capabilities of Akamai’s Sola Analytics platform to enhance its customer care activities.  According to Akamai, its viewer diagnostics software is designed to provide blinkbox with immediate access to individual account-level quality of service and experience information to help deliver efficient online support […]

Tesco’s Blinkbox challenges rivals with huge marketing push

Blinkbox is taking on Netflix and Lovefilm Instant with its biggest ever marketing campaign. The UK streaming and electronic sell through service is owned by Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. The autumn marketing push, launched today, highlights the Blinkbox content line-up against that of SVoD services Lovefilm Instant and Netflix. Blinkbox says it has ten […]

Blinkbox gets Game of Thrones boost

Tesco-owned video-on-demand store Blinkbox said it saw a 632% year-on-year increase in revenues on Monday after it added season three of HBO drama Game of Thrones to its service.  The revenue lift came as the latest Game of Thrones series went live on the service months ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release, with a […]

Tesco’s Clubcard TV signs ITV deal

Clubcard TV has picked up a raft of classic ITV drama series and cooking shows. Clubcard TV is the free OTT service for UK retailer Tesco’s 16 million loyalty card holders and is run by the people behind Blinkbox, the electronic sell-through service that Tesco bought in 2011. It has inked a deal with ITV […]