France’s CSA serves notice on 20% content commitment with top streamers

France’s audiovisual media regulator the CSA has begun implementing the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive with an obligation that streamers must invest 20% of revenues raised in France in local content creation. After months of negotiation, the regulator has been able to impose the obligations on the main international SVOD streamers active in the country, […]

Apple ditches iTunes, splits media offerings across three apps

Apple is to discontinue iTunes with the latest version of macOS, the company has confirmed. Speaking at its WWDC 2019 keynote in San Francisco, Apple confirmed rumours that it is breaking iTunes into three separate macOS apps to better reflect what it believes to be its core media services: Music, TV and Podcasts. The update […]

Apple to offer iTunes movies and TV shows via Samsung TVs

Apple and Samsung have reached a landmark deal that will make iTunes movies and TV shows available via Samsung TVs from later this year. The agreement, which was announced ahead of this week’s CES event in Las Vegas, marks the first time that iTunes content will be available via smart TVs, with a new iTunes […]

Netflix ‘testing’ direct payment, bypassing iTunes on iOS devices

Netflix is testing a payment method on iOS devices aimed at cutting Apple’s iTunes out of the loop in 33 countries, according to press reports. According to TechCrunch, the subscription video-on-demand giant is redirecting new and lapsed subscribers launching the Netflix app on an iOS device away from iTunes to a mobile web version of […]

One in five US OTT homes now pay for ‘three or more’ services

One in five US streaming subscribers now pay for three or more services, with investment in original content increasingly cited as a key reason for signing up, according to a report by 451 Research. According to 451 Research’s quarterly Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) survey, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three […]

VoD content guide Everyflix launches in the UK

Everyflix, a new service designed to make it easier for viewers to find content to watch on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, has gone live in the UK. The free streaming TV and movie aggregator sends personalised alerts based on viewing preferences, with users able to select their streaming TV subscriptions and filter  movies […] hires iTunes exec to head business development

OTT video-on-demand provider has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development.  Janin has worked for iTunes , where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he […]

YouTube dominates video streaming, says NY Film Academy poll

YouTube has a “significant” lead over pay video services including Netflix and iTunes, according to research by the New York Film Academy.  The poll of 1,546 people – both US and non-US residents – found that 78.6% named YouTube as their service of choice for streaming movies and TV shows. Second place rival Netflix was […]

New Mr Selfridge will launch on iTunes

Episodes of the second season of hit drama Mr Selfridge will debut on iTunes before they go out on free-to-air broadcaster ITV. The series  follows Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven), the founder of the titular London department store. It starts on the ITV1 channel this Sunday (January 19) in a 9pm slot and airs weekly thereafter. […]

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 […]