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Netflix launches European charm offensive

Netflix has launched a European charm offensive, claiming a to-date spend of US$1.75 billion in the continent and announcing it is coproducing three more dramas there. The US-based SVOD service has been criticised for under-investing in Europe, and last was year the European Commission unveiled plans that would require it and other streaming services to […]

VR device shipments to reach 110m by 2021

VR device shipments will reach a total of 110 million by 2021, with the industry to benefit from a “swath of new and compelling content choices”, according to ABI Research. The new report claims that while mobile device-reliant virtual reality (VR) shipments — such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream— dwarf today’s other VR […]

Apple hints at wider content plans

Apple will roll out originals for its Apple Music service throughout the year and has hinted at far wider content plans as the media landscape continues to shift. Speaking on the company’s fiscal first quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said the company is learning a lot about the original content business and is “thinking […]

Channel 4 to revamp All 4, up online content spend

Channel 4 is revamping its All 4 digital service and is planning a multi-million pound increase in investment in original and acquired online content for 2017. The new All 4 home screen will combine human content curation with data-driven personalisation and is due to go live on smart TVs and games consoles in the coming […]

Liberty to make ‘selective’ content investments

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company will be “selective” about content investments, but hinted work is now underway with Lionsgate on a string of shows. Speaking on Liberty Global’s third quarter earnings call, Fries said that Liberty has “four or five great ideas cooking with Lionsgate”, after it took a 3.4% […]

Apple CEO claims ‘intense interest’ in TV and content

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he has an “intense interest” in television and claimed there is “great opportunity” for the company to create and own content. Speaking on the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, Cook also said that Apple is “open to acquisitions of any size that are of strategic value where […]

Netflix plans to raise US$1bn for content acquisitions

Netflix is looking to raise US$1 billion in order to fund further content acquisitions, investments and strategic transactions. Intriguingly, the announcement of a US$1 billion debt offering in senior notes was an adjustment on an plan to raise US$800 million revealed just hours before. Los Gatos-based SVOD giant Netflix said the funds would be used […]

Netflix: TV series account for two thirds of viewing

TV series, including Netflix’s own original productions, now account for two thirds of viewing time on the SVOD service, according to Ted Sarandos. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, said it is more efficient to spend money on originals than on licensing high profile content, and defended making both TV shows […]

Netflix aims for half original, half licensed content split

Netflix aims to move to a 50-50 split between licensed and original content, according to the company’s chief finance officer, David Wells. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ 25th Annual Communacopia Conference in New York yesterday, Wells said that the subscription video-on-demand giant will be “pushing more and more” towards its goal of half original exclusive content. “It will […]

French content export revenues hit new high

International sales of French-originated content generated €164.2 million last year, a new record. Sales of animated shows spurred the growth while drama sales slowed, according to the figures for 2015, which were published by distributor’s group TVFI and industry body the CNC this morning. While the overall sales figures hit a new high, with a […]