OTTtv World Summit

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, […]

ITV: good TV translates across all screens

Good TV translates across different screen types and it is up to viewers to figure out the best way to access that content, according to ITV’s managing director of online, Paul Kanareck. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London yesterday, Kanareck challenged a number of percieved ‘truisms’ in the industry – such as young […]

Now TV ‘wouldn’t have succeeded without Sky backing’

Now TV wouldn’t have succeeded without the backing of Sky, but has benefitted from not using the Sky brand, according to Now TV’s strategy and propositions director. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, James Alexander said that the major benefit of having both the Sky and the Now TV brands in the market is […]

Freeview mulls ‘deeper integration’ with Netflix, Amazon, Now TV

Freeview is mulling whether over-the-top services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV should be “deeper integrated” within its connected Freeview Play offering. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, Freeview marketing director, Owen Jenkinson, described OTT services as a “fantastic complement” to Freeview Play and said they present “an alternative option for the growing […] ‘never say never’ to future SVOD moves

Transactional video-on-demand service has not ruled out moving to an SVOD model in more of its European markets, though would not comment on any current plans to do so. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday,’s European content director, Simon Homent, said that the company does “not yet” have a plan to replicate […]

Curation will boost SVOD growth, says Maxdome chief

Growing demand for SVOD in Germany will drive growth for ProSiebenSat.1’s Maxdome service, with curation the key to driving use of the service, according to the service’s CEO, Marvin Lange. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit this week, Lange said that subscription video-on-demand revenues in Germany will help deliver revenue growth for Maxdome, with the […]

Com Hem aims for ‘complete TV environment’

Swedish operator Com Hem will focus on developing its Com Hem Play app offering in the coming years in order to deliver a “complete TV environment”, according to CTO Thomas Helbo. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, Helbo described Com Hem Play – an authenticated service that launched last year letting users access live […]

NBCU to expand Hayu SVOD service’s reach

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, will widen its reach with new rollouts, download to-view options and a physical retail presence by the end of the year. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this morning, Hendrik McDermott, senior vice-president – branded on-demand, Hayu at NBCUniversal, said Hayu will announce a deal with […]

Curation is still key and linear still has life, OTTtv attendees told

Curation will continue to be key to bringing viewers to audiovisual content and linear TV still has a lot of life left in it, attendees at the OTTtv World Summit in London heard yesterday. Benjamin Rosenberg, senior distribution manager at the BBC, said that the UK broadcaster was continually trying to introduce new features. However, […]

Facebook ‘missed an iceberg’ with launch of Facebook Live

Facebook made a dramatic about-turn with the launch of Facebook Live, moving the social network away from a video strategy focused on licensing content, according to one of its top executives. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this morning, Facebook’s head of global product marketing, Matthew Corbin, likened Facebook’s decision to concentrate resources […]

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