Microsoft announces Xbox One launch partners

Microsoft has announced the “first wave” of launch partners for its new Xbox One games console, including Netflix, Eurosport and Machinima. In Europe, where Microsoft is due to launch the Xbox One on November 22, the firm announced content partners for seven countries – Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Videogame themed […]

YouView takes UK catch-up lead

UK connected TV platform, YouView, is now the largest catch-up TV provider in the UK, according to the latest stats from digital media consultancy Decipher. The firm’s Q3 2013 audit claims that the YouView platform’s catch-up assets grew by 25% in the quarter to 2,677 programmes, beating Sky, which has 2,592 content assets. In spite […]

Amazon commissions first drama pilots

Amazon Studios has greenlit its first two hour-long drama pilots, which will launch on Prime Instant Video in the US and Lovefilm in the UK next year. The shows are Bosch, which is based on Michael Connolly’s book series about a relentless LAPD cop, and The After, a sci-fi project from The X-Files’ Chris Carter. […]

Amazon adds ‘millions’ of Prime customers

Amazon said that it has added “millions” of customers in the last three months to Amazon Prime – its subscription service that, in the US, includes unlimited streaming access to some 41,000 movies and TV episodes.  Discussing Amazon’s Q3 results on the company’s earnings call, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak said “Prime is growing fast” and […]

‘Early days’ for LoveFilm content strategy

Amazon-owned VOD service LoveFilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, with chief marketing officer Simon Morris admitting it is still “early days” for the firm.  Speaking to DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that LoveFilm has secured for the […]

LoveFilm signs new kids content deal for Marvel Anime series

Amazon-owned video-on-demand service LoveFilm will premier four new animated series in the UK based around popular Marvel comic book characters.  The rights deal, agreed with Sony Pictures Television, will let customers of the subscription service stream the Marvel Anime series, which feature the characters Iron Man, Blade, Wolverine and the X-Men. The anime series were […]

Lovefilm launches new app for LG TVs

Amazon-owned Lovefilm has launched an enhanced Lovefilm Instant streaming application on LG Smart TVs in the UK and Germany.  The new version of the app includes an improved search function and recommendation engine and the addition of Lovefilm’s Watchlist feature, allowing users to plan their viewing. The features are complemented by LG’s Magic Remote Control, […]

Lovefilm signs exclusive deal for NBC drama Crossing Lines

Amazon-owned video-on-demand service Lovefilm has taken exclusive rights to NBC crime-drama Crossing Lines in the UK.  The show, which was produced by Studiocanal-owned Tandem Communications and Bernero Productions, will be available to stream in the UK from October 25. The entire first season, which debuted on NBC in the US in June but has not […]

Amazon Instant and Lovefilm to air new comedy pilots

Amazon has greenlit three new half-hour pilot comedy originals for the Amazon Instant Video and Lovefilm subscription video-on-demand services. The new pilots comprise Mozart in the Jungle written by Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Outlaws written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and […]

Tesco’s Blinkbox challenges rivals with huge marketing push

Blinkbox is taking on Netflix and Lovefilm Instant with its biggest ever marketing campaign. The UK streaming and electronic sell through service is owned by Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. The autumn marketing push, launched today, highlights the Blinkbox content line-up against that of SVoD services Lovefilm Instant and Netflix. Blinkbox says it has ten […]