CuriosityStream moves to hybrid ad-and-subscription model

CuriosityStream, the SVOD service launched by Discovery founder John Hendricks, has relaunched its service by moving to a hybrid advertising- and subscription-supported model. The company has launched a new ad-supported tier, called CuriosityStream Showcase, that gives users around the world access to 18-titles for free. The company has also lowered the price of its subscription […]

eMarketer: 10% of the world’s population to use SVOD this year

Nearly 765 million people globally – 10.2% of the world’s population – will use a subscription over-the-top video service at least once per month this year, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that this represents some 32.1% of the world’s digital video viewers, with the subscription OTT market tipped to grow by 24.0% this […]

Originals investment pushes up Netflix price

Netflix has hiked its prices once again, with the SVOD giant claiming this is due to its investments in original programming. Netflix’s content spend is due to hit US$7 billion (€6 billion) next year, with shows such as the newly commissioned ten-part series Raising Dion the result. A Netflix spokesperson was quoted as saying the […]

Subscription revenues and Wonder Woman raise Time Warner

Strong international revenues at Turner helped boost Time Warner’s second quarter results, along with the success of Warner Bros movie Wonder Woman, but operating income dipped by 8% due to declines at both Turner and the Warner Bros film unit, offset by improved operating income from HBO. Turner revenues grew by 3% to US$3.1 billion […]

Vimeo to launch subscription video offering

Vimeo has announced plans to launch a subscription video offering on top of its existing service, in an effort to “take a share of the $500 billion TV and film market”. In a letter to shareholders to accompany Vimeo parent company IAC’s third quarter results, IAC CEO and interim Vimeo CEO Joey Levin said that […]

Vessel drops ads for paying subscribers

Vessel, the online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has dropped the ads on the service for paying subscribers and introduced a new annual payment option. CEO Kilar said in a blog post that the change follows user feedback and that “one of the most popular requests has been for an ad-free experience” […]

YouTube Red goes live in the US

YouTube’s new ad-free subscription offering has gone live in the US, amid reassurances by the video site that content creators will be paid during YouTube Red’s 30-day trial period. In a blog post titled ‘seven things to know about our new subscription service’, YouTube said that, as Google Play Music users will automatically gain access […]

YouTube unveils ad-free Red subscription service

YouTube has unveiled YouTube Red, a new pay-monthly offering that lets viewers access an ad-free version of the service and watch videos offline on phones and tablets. The US$9.99 per-month offering also lets users play videos in the background on mobile devices and launches in the US next week. YouTube Red subscriptions apply to the […]

YouTube gears up for subscription launch

YouTube is reportedly gearing up to launch its much-speculated about subscription service in the US, after prompting content owners to agree to new site licensing terms. According to a letter to YouTube content creators, which was published in full by tech site Re/code, YouTube is planning to roll out an ad-free version of the video […]

Vimeo introduces SVoD options

Vimeo is allowing creators to charge a monthly subscription fee for fans to access their content for the first time. The video site said that the rollout marked “the first phase” of new subscription tools for Vimeo On Demand – a pay-per-view content initiative that it launched in 2013 for Vimeo Pro members. Vimeo said […]