No to advertising, says Britbox president Sriraman

Britbox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriaman said on an IBC panel that was discussing the differences between AVODs and SVODs. She added that “Our idea all along is that we wanted to offer the audience something complete” and that a […]

Anime platform Crunchyroll acquires majority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group for enhanced distribution

Anime OTT platform Crunchyroll has signed a deal with Viz Media Europe Group to bring its global platform together with Viz’s network of partners, distributors, and licensees.  Crunchyroll, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia-owned Otter Media, will become the majority investor in VIZ Media Europe Group, with The Hitotsubashi Group (Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., […]

Twitch gives Prime members premium Crunchyroll subscription as monthly ‘loot’ offering

Videogame streaming platform Twitch, has announced that its latest ‘loot’ for Prime members is a 30-day subscription to anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Twitch Prime, the platform’s equivalent of Amazon Prime, offers subscribers monthly ‘loot’. These usually come in the form of free games or in-game items, but this deal with Crunchyroll marks the first non-gaming […]

Crunchyroll debuts linear block in Brazilian market

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll is to launch on linear TV in Brazil tomorrow as a block on Rede Brasil (RBTV). The anime and manga service will air a one-hour block featuring two subtitled programmes, Black Clover and Re: Zero. The hour will also include around 8 minutes of local programming from Crunchyroll’s Brazilian community managers  […]

Crunchyroll partners with NBCU Japan on ‘international anime’

Anime video-on-demand service Crunchyroll has partnered with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan (NUEJ) to co-develop new content with “international appeal”. The companies will work together to produce a range of anime titles based on existing content, as well as new projects designed to make “anime more accessible to a global audience”. “Crunchyroll and NUEJ share a passion […]

Former AMC International boss: niche SVOD is the future

Niche SVOD services will continue to gain ground in a world where launching new linear services is now ‘implausible’, says former AMC and MGM international boss Bruce Tuchman. In an article for DTVE’s sister title, TBIvision, Tuchman, now a media investor and board member of TV analytics specialist Parrot, notes the likes of CrunchyRoll, WWE […]

Top three dominate as US OTT churn edges upwards

About 20% of US broadband homes had cancelled at least one OTT service in the last 12 months at the end of 2015, according to data from Parks Associates. Netflix has the lowest churn among US OTT services, with 5% of broadband households cancelling the service over the 12 months. According to Parks Associates, the […]