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 […]

Yaddo documentary SVOD app goes live

Yaddo, the new documentary SVOD service from BBC factual commissioner Nick Fraser, has launched as an app for iOS and Android. The app went live on the App Store today and is available to download on iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices running iOS 8.0 or later. The Android app was added to the Google […]

Netflix plays Short Game with original doc

Streaming service Netflix has ordered another original documentary, a golf-themed feature about protégé children. The Short Game will launch on Netflix on Thursday, December 12. The Delirio Films-produced doc follows eight seven year-old competitive golfers as they prepare for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf. Singer Justin Timberlake is among the executive […]

Netflix buys Egypt protest movement film in doc move

Streaming service Netflix has acquired an Oscar contending film about the recent Egyptian revolution as a first major acquisition in its original documentary initiative. The Square has won rave reviews at international film festivals and is expected to challenge for the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Oscar ceremony. This has prompted Netflix to acquire […]

Europe sees record number of HD channel launches

Last year was a record year for HDTV channel launches in Europe, driven by adult, documentary and lifestyle channels, according to new stats by IHS. The research firm said that there were 205 HDTV channel launches in 2012, a 53% increase on the previous high of 134 in 2011. At the end of the year, […]