Apple: breakdown of the cable bundle to accelerate in 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook has predicted that the “breakdown of the cable bundle” will take place at a much faster pace this year and said Apple is well placed to help usher in this change in viewing habits. Speaking on Apple’s first quarter earnings call, Cook said that Apple will participate in “a variety of […]

MPA: Asian content spend grows 8% across seven markets

TV, movie and online video content spend in seven major Asian markets grew by 8% in 2017 to reach US$10.2 billion, according to independent consulting and research firm Media Partners Asia (MPA). The 2018 edition of MPA’s Asia Video Content Dynamics looked at content spend across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and […]

Netflix reports strongest ever quarter for sign-ups

Netflix added 24 million new users in 2017 and reported its highest ever quarter for new sign ups in Q4, capping a strong year of growth for the web streaming giant. Announcing its fourth quarter results, Netflix said that it topped its forecast to make US$245 million in operating income while global streaming revenue grew […]

Zoomin.TV and Ownzones agree app and content deal

OTT entertainment and technology provider Ownzones has struck a three-year partnership deal with MTG-owned online video network Zoomin.TV. Under the agreement Zoomin.TV will create content for Ownzones’ media content and network platforms, while Ownzones will build at least 10 dedicated mobile and over-the-top (OTT) Zoomin.TV apps. Ownzones will use Zoomin.TV’s experience in producing gen Z-targeted […]

France leads Europe for multilingual content

France is “the king of multilingual content”, according to new research that shines a light on the ‘linguistic diversity’ of the European TV market. The study, which was carried out by Media Asset Capital on behalf of TVT Media, found that 18 languages are available in France across its 567 TV channels – including Arabic, […]

Orange pledges €100m for content creation

Orange has pledged to spend €100 million over the next five years creating TV content, as it launched its new Orange Content division. The French telco said that the investment underlines its desire to “produce ambitious series, co-produced with renowned partners, whether French, European or international.” The news came as Orange marked the creation of […]

Ampere: Netflix budget focused on drama and comedy

More than a third of Netflix’s original content spend to-date has been for drama titles, while nearly a quarter of its spend went on comedy series and stand-up shows. This is according to new estimates by research firm Ampere Analysis, which claims that drama has accounted for 36% of Netflix’s originals budget, comedy for 22% […]

US content ‘dominates Euro VOD slates’

American films and TV shows dominate the catalogues of Europe’s transactional and subscription VOD services, stats from the European Audiovisual Observatory show. A new study revealed 61% of TVOD catalogues and 67% of SVOD libraries are US-created films, with European content accounting for 25% and 20% respectively. Internationally acquired content represented 14% of TVOD catalogues […]

Report: Facebook signs video content deals

Facebook has reportedly signed deals with youth-focused media companies to make original shows for the social platform. According to a Reuters report, Facebook has agreed deals with BuzzFeed, Vox Media, Group Nine Media for an forthcoming video service made up of long- and short-form content interspersed with ads. Facebook is planning to broadcast scripted shows […]

Vodafone will invest in exclusive content ‘if necessary’

Vodafone will invest in exclusive content “if we need to” despite having a preference for non-exclusive deals, and plans to expand its presence and the reach of its TV services in “marginal markets”, according to Nick Read, the company’s CFO and executive director. Speaking to analysts after the company announced its year-end results last week, […]

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