Amazon to shut down Lovefilm in UK and Germany

Amazon is calling time on its Lovefilm-branded DVD-by-post service later this year, citing declining demand and shifting viewing habits. Amazon will close its Lovefilm By Post business on 31st October 2017 in both the UK and Germany – the two markets where the DVD and Blu-ray rental service is available. “We have very much enjoyed […]

ProSiebenSat.1 gives MacKenzie Maxdome job

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has instigated a high-level restructure of its digital division, handing former BSkyB and Lovefilm exec Lesley MacKenzie the CEO role at Maxdome. She replaces the former boss of the SVOD service, Andreas Heyden, who is leaving the company. The overall ‘digital and adjacent’ unit at ProSieben will continue to be run by […]

AMC Networks acquires Film+ from IKO Media Group

AMC Networks International – Central Europe has acquired Czech and Slovak film channel Film+ from IKO Media Group. Film+, which airs a mix of family entertainment, dramas, classic favourites and contemporary movies, is available via operators including  UPC, FreeSat, Digi TV, SkyLink, Slovak Telekom and O2 as well as smaller providers. With Film+, AMCNI-CE’s film […]

Netflix makes UK gains as Amazon’s share declines

Netflix has expanded its share of the UK market in the last six months as Amazon’s recently rebranded LoveFilm service has suffered a decline, according to new research by Decipher Media. The digital consultancy’s Mediabug report claims that in the past six months Netflix has grown its membership among UK web users from 10% to […]

Virgin Media CEO rules out TiVo-Horizon migration

Virgin Media’s CEO Tom Mockridge has ruled migrating the firm’s TiVo TV service to Liberty Global’s Horizon platform, claiming that doing so would be a “simplistic” business approach. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch yesterday, Mockridge said that TiVo in the UK has been very successful, is growing by “several percent a month” in […]

Amazon confirms UK launch for original comedy

Amazon Prime Instant Video has launched original comedy series Betas in the UK. The show about wannabe entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley was one of Amazon Studios first wave of original shows alongside Alpha House and a raft of kids content. Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video has not launched its original series simultaneously around the […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video launches with Alpha House promo

Amazon Prime Instant Video will launch under its new brand – replacing Lovefilm – in the UK tomorrow, kicking off with the introduction of Amazon original political satire drama Alpha House. Amazon Prime members will be able to watch all 11 episodes of the series, which follows four US senators renting a house together and […]

Amazon drops Lovefilm brand for SVoD

Amazon is replicating its US SVoD offering in the UK and Germany, rebranding Lovefilm to Prime Instant Video and rolling it into its Amazon Prime delivery service. With the move, Amazon is combining its existing Lovefilm Instant subscription video-on-demand service with Amazon Prime, which gives members unlimited free one-day delivery on more than seven million […]

Warner Bros. toons for Lovefilm Germany

Lovefilm’s German SVOD service had added classic cartoon such as Tom and Jerry and The Sylvester and Tweety Show. Under terms of a deal struck with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Lovefilm is also adding superhero shows Batman: The Brave And The Bold and Superman, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, The Flintstones and a comic adaptation of Tim […]

Amazon launches second wave of original pilots

Amazon’s production arm Amazon Studios has debuted a host of new original programme pilots spanning comedy, drama and kids shows. The 10 pilots launched today on Amazon-owned VOD service Lovefilm in the UK and on Prime Instant Video in the US, with a selection of the shows that prove most popular due to be made […]

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