OTT and cord shaving ‘not a threat to broadcast model’

The rise of OTT and ‘cord shaving’, cutting down on pay TV services, will not kill the broadcast model, according to 79.6% of TV and media firms, polled by Informa Telecoms and Media. The global survey of “key players in the TV and media market”, conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media ahead of the TV […]

Former Lovefilm exec lands ProSieben digital role

Lesley Mackenzie, the former group digital officer of streaming site Lovefilm, has landed a role overseeing German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s digital operations. Mackenzie will lead a slate of assets including on-demand video sites Maxdome and Studio71 as executive VP of ProSieben’s E-Entertainment division. Mackenzie left Amazon-owned Lovefilm in 2012 and has since held consultancy roles […]

Lovefilm acquires fresh kids content

Amazon-owned subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm has signed new content deals with kids entertainment producers HIT Entertainment, Ludorum and DreamWorks Classics to bring new content to its line-up.  The UK streaming VoD company will bring content including Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Chuggington to its line-up. Chris Bird, director, content strategy at Lovefilm, said: “The addition […]

Lovefilm agrees exclusive Vikings deal

Amazon’s UK streaming service Lovefilm has bought rights to season two of drama series Vikings. The deal gives Lovefilm exclusive first-window rights to the show, meaning it will appear online first in the UK before airing on linear television. Lovefilm said that it will show episodes from season two, in high definition, within 24 hours of […]

Lovefilm deal could rescue BBC’s Ripper Street from axe

The BBC has confirmed it is looking to revive recently axed period drama Ripper Street after rumours circulated streaming service Lovefilm would save it. The Tiger Aspect Productions-created BBC One show was cancelled last week after two season but online sources yesterday claimed an innovative deal had been struck with Amazon-owned Lovefilm to bring it […]

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 […]

Playstation 4 on-demand launch partners revealed

The BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the services offered by the Playstation 4 console when it launches on Friday. A total of 18 services will be available from launch, with another following on December 4. An additional 20-plus apps are scheduled to launch on the platform by Spring next year. Launch apps available to […]

Amazon originals yet to make date with Lovefilm

The Amazon original series launching on the Prime Instant in the US still have no confirmed launch date on its international service, Lovefilm. Comedies Alpha House and Betas have both launched in the US. When Amazon’s chief rival Netflix launches its original series – which have included House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the […]

Binge viewing 24% among young people

A quarter (24%) of 16-24s ‘TV binge,’ watching entire seasons in one sitting, while 52% say they watch at least two episodes of a show at a time, according to a new study by Voxburner.  The research firm, which also organises the Youth Marketing Strategy summit, said that 44% of young people use paid for streaming […]

Lovefilm launches on iPhone

Amazon-owned subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has launched a version of its streaming app for iPhone and iPod touch devices.  The launch marks the first time that the Lovefilm Instant service has been available on these mobile devices, though the iOS app was already available for Apple iPads. Lovefilm said the updated app features a new […]