Liberty Global’s Fries: OTT and cord-cutting not a threat in Europe

OTT TV and cord-cutting is not a significant threat to network-based pay TV operators in Europe, in contrast with the US market, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries said that “Europe is not the US”, being still a “local market” with local national […]

Amazon and Netflix to drive OTT revenues to $120bn

SVOD giants Amazon and Netflix will be at the centre of an explosion in revenues in OTT services and platforms over the next five years, new data predicts. OTT revenues will surge from US$64 billion (€54 billion) in 2017 to US$120 billion in 2022, with a quarter of households globally subscribing to an SVOD service […]

OTT and pay TV revenues to near $300bn – research

Pay TV and OTT revenues, including SVOD and download-to-own, will bring in close to US$300 billion by 2022, according to new research. Digital TV Research’s OTT and Pay TV Forecasts reports predicts the combined total will grow from US$239 billion in 2016 to reach US$283 billion in five years’ time. The contribution of OTT revenues, […]

Vidme failure highlights challenges facing VOD services

Self-styled YouTube-meets-Reddit video-on-demand service Vidme is to shut down, citing competition from Google and Facebook. The US-based streaming service, which provided videos curated by community members across a range of categories, was created in 2014 and claimed at its peak to have close to one million registered content creators and 25 million unique monthly users. […]

More than half of US OTT homes subscribe to multiple services

More than 50% of US over-the-top subscription households subscribe to multiple video streaming services, compared to just 20% in 2014, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that of these multi-OTT homes, 81% use Netflix plus another service or combination of services – typically Amazon or Hulu. “A common assumption is that consumers who […]

Netflix highlights studio ambitions, focus on partnerships

Netflix sees a growing proportion of its international subscriber base coming from distribution partnerships, while its increased content spend next year will see it “become one of the most important studios” globally, according to Maria Ferreras, VP of business development EMEA at the SVOD giant. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London today, […]

UK is ‘leading European OTT hub’

The UK has emerged as “the leading European OTT hub”, playing host to 226 over-the-top services, of which 82 are targeted abroad. This is according to new research by content services company TVT Media, which claims that the UK has double the number of over-the-top platforms than any other EU nation targeted outside its country […]

HBO Go launches as OTT TV service in CEE

HBO Go has launched as a direct-to-consumer service in four central European countries. The premium programmer’s streaming service is available from today without a separate pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. HBO said that HBO Go would continue to be available through local distribution partners. However, consumers in the four […]

Roku acquires Danish audio streaming firm Dynastrom

Roku has acquired Danish multi-room audio streaming company Dynastrom for a cash price of US$3.5 million (€3 million). The deal, which was first reported by Variety, took place in September, when Roku paid the cash consideration and issued 108,332 shares of its common stock to two of the founders as part of a “continuing services […]

Rakuten TV mulls wider European expansion

Video-on-demand service Rakuten TV is mulling plans to expand its footprint across more European countries. Speaking exclusively to Digital TV Europe, Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca said “we have the intention to launch but we don’t have concrete plans yet”. Roca said that heading into next year, the firm may consider increasing its number of […]