IHS: OTT sign-ups outpace pay TV additions by three to one

The uptake of subscription video services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video was three times that of pay TV services last year, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that while digital pay TV subscriptions grew on a global basis, in Western Europe there were eight new over-the-top (OTT) video subscriptions for every […]

SVOD taking a greater share in Nordic markets

Subscription video-on-demand has grown its share of overall subscription video expenditure in the Nordic markets over the past year, with SVOD penetration outperforming other advanced markets, according to a report by Kagan. Kagan found that SVOD increased its share of the overall pay video market from 18% in 2016 to 22% last year. According to […]

Apple not targeting Netflix or Disney as it shapes up video strategy

Consumer tech giant Apple is not looking to buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look […]

Netflix ISP Index: Hong Kong climbs speed rankings

Hong Kong jump four spots to number two in Netflix’s internet speed index rankings in February. iCable enjoyed the biggest speed increase of any internet service provider in February, with a gain of 0.58 Megabits per second (Mbps), bringing its average monthly speed up to 3.92 Mbps, according to Netflix’s research. Hong Kong climbed from […]

Parrot Analytics: Star Trek: Discovery tops Irish in-demand ratings

Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All Access show that is distributed internationally by Netflix, topped Parrot Analytics’ most recent look at trending digital originals in the Irish market. Star Trek: Discovery garnared an average of 313,215 in-demand expressions – Parrot’s measure of how well a show is doing – in Ireland for the week ending […]

Barack Obama in talks with Netflix

Former US President Barack Obama is set to produce a series of high-profile series for SVOD service Netflix, according to reports. According to the New York Times citing people familiar with the situation, Obama is in “advanced negotiations” with the streamer. Signing a former president would arguably be Netflix’s biggest ever coup, eclipsing big bucks […]

France set to slash SVOD window lag for ‘virtuous’ players

Eutelsat chairman Dominique d’Hinnin is expected to present his report calling for reform of France’s strict content windowing rules to culture minister Françoise Nyssen tomorrow. D’Hinnin’s report, which was commissioned last year, is expected to call for ‘virtuous’ subscription video-on-demand services that make a financial contribution to French content contribution to be able to distribute […]

Netflix’s Hastings expects US$15bn in subscriber fees this year

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said that Netflix is likely to earn around US$15 billion (€12 billion) in subscription fees this year by holding to its strategy of delivering original content. The streaming giant told Nikkei Asian Review reporters, who first reported the story, that the company’s guiding principle is turning subscribers “hard-earned money” into […]

Global video revenues reach US$70bn driven by online services

Total global video revenues reached US$70.2 billion (€56.5 billion) in 2017 driven by the online segment and the rise of subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm said the video revenue figure included online, physical media and advertising, though noted that online accounted for 84% of the […]

Cable operators on Netflix: to bill or not to bill

A panel of senior cable executives at Cable Congress in Dublin have expressed a range of opinions on how far it makes sense to embrace and integrate Netflix as part of their TV offerings, with views on the merits of billing integration and the impact of Netflix on the appeal of TV services differing between […]

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