Netflix makes first acquisition with Millarworld

SVOD giant Netflix has entered the mergers and acquisitions market for the first time by acquiring comic book publishing house Millarworld. Netflix called its move into M&A a “natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual properly ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, […]

Lionsgate launches Spanish OTT service Pantaya

Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group have launched Pantaya, a Spanish-language OTT service dedicated to premium content for the Hispanic community in the US. The SVOD service is set to feature a diverse selection of Spanish-language content, including films from Latin America and Hollywood, documentaries, concerts and other original premium content. It will be available on […]

Arris taps TiVo for new advanced set-tops

Arris has launched three advanced set-tops that combine traditional QAM video with TiVo’s signature experience, alongside OTT content. The boxes support the National Cable Television Cooperative’s VU-IT! Program, which is focused on letting independent operators to deliver integrated OTT services alongside standard cable programming. The new DVRs comprise a second-generation range of TiVo solutions along with services like Netflix […]

Ownzones names Paywizard exec as business development chief

OTT TV technology provider Ownzones has named Serge Vaguine as senior vice-president, business development. In this new post Vaguine will be tasked with increasing the company’s worldwide distribution platform services and technology offerings. He previously served as vice-president, sales at subscriber management and billing specialist Paywizard Group. He also previously worked for Amino Communications as […]

Molotov passes one million milestone

France-based OTT TV service Molotov has passed the milestone of one million, according to Jean-Marc Denoual, the outfit’s chief operating officer and co-founder. Molotov, which launched in France a year ago, is currently available free of charge. “Our strategy is to start the subscription model in the second half of this year,” said Denoual, speaking […]

Netflix teams up with Dolby for HDR and Atmos

Netflix has teamed up with Dolby Laboratories to deliver the first combined Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) streaming experience to consumers around the world. With the release of Netflix Original Movie Okja, Netflix subscribers around the world will have access to the first combined Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision experience streaming from Netflix […]

Witbe launches cloud-based monitoring service

Quality of Experience monitoring outfit Witbe has launched a cloud-based monitoring service for OTT TV. The service, based on the offering already adopted on premises by Witbe customers, can be delivered via Witbe’s Galilei reference networks from points around the world including San Jose, Denver, Montreal, New York, Paris and Singapore. According to Witbe, the […]

Skinny bundle ‘VMSOs’ could present serious challenge to US pay TV

The US’s new wave of OTT TV ‘skinny bundle’ providers could amass 3.5 million subscribers by the end of this year, further eating into the base of established pay TV providers, according to Ampere Analysis. In a study of ‘virtual multiple system operators’ (VMSOs), Ampere contends that a new raft of services charging as little […]

Free first operator to add LaCinetek movies on-demand offering

French service provider Free has added movies on-demand service LaCinetek to its Freebox offering – the first time the service has been made available by an IPTV operator. The service, which features classic movies of the 20th century chosen by international directors, will be available from June on the Freebox Révolution and Freebox Mini 4K […]

Poker Central launches SVOD service

US-based Poker Central has launched a subscription on-demand service after its exit from linear broadcasting. PokerGO’s debut comes after Poker Central acquired rights to the World Series of Poker broadcasts and TV distribution deals with NBC Sports and ESPN. PokerGO will feature major live events each month, starting with the Super High Roller Bowl on May 28 […]

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