New youth-oriented SVOD BrutX launches in France

Brut, the youth-oriented French media outfit created five years ago by Studio Bagel founder Guillaume Lacroix and former Canal+ producer Renaud Le Van Kim, has launched a new SVOD service, BrutX. The streaming offering, which provides a mix of films, series and documentaries for €4.99 a month, will expand on Brut’s existing media properties, which […]

Government mulls Ofcom regulation for Netflix and other streamers

Tensions between the UK government and Netflix appear to be approaching an all time high, with a culture minister suggesting that the streamer could be brought under Ofcom regulation. The starting point for this dispute stems from the release of the latest season of The Crown, with culture secretary Oliver Dowden saying that Netflix should […]

SVOD stacking becoming the norm in the US

SVOD stacking is increasingly becoming the norm, with a new report highlighting that almost two-thirds of Americans subscribe to multiple streamers. According to new figures from Parks Associates, 61% of US broadband households subscribe to two or more OTT services – up from 48% in Q3 2019. Almost half (45%) subscribe to three or more […]

Amazon: users don’t actually own the video content they buy on Prime

Users should not assume that they actually own their digital purchases – at least that’s what Amazon is trying to argue. A Californian woman sued Amazon in April on behalf of users in the state over the claim that the company “secretly reserves the right” to withdraw content from Prime Video – even if it […]

Smaller SVODs risk failure if they don’t partner up says Moody’s analyst

Smaller SVODs must partner up or set themselves up for acquisition in order to survive, an analyst at Moody’s has said. Neil Begley, senior VP, corporate finance group at credit ratings agency Moody’s has argued that longer term success will be difficult for smaller players in SVOD and that they are “probably going to need […]

UK to double number of SVOD subscribers by 2024

The UK’s increasing dependency on SVOD services has been laid bare with a new report estimating that the number of subscribers in the country is estimated to double in the next five years. According to new figures from GlobalData, the total number of SVOD subscriptions is expected to rise from 22.4 million to 44.6 million […]

Over 70% of Australian houses use SVODs

In keeping with the global trend towards streaming, consumers in Australia are also adopting OTT services at a rapid pace.  According to a new study from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), an arm of the Australian government, 71% of Australians with a TV set in their homes used at least one paid video […]

Streaming fatigue is setting in, claims report

After nearly a decade of irrepressible growth, cracks are emerging in streaming with fatigue beginning to set in. According to a new survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of The Trade Desk, 59% of Americans are not willing to pay more than US$20 a month for streaming TV services with 75% unwilling to pay more […]

Recession could leave streaming subscriptions vulnerable, claims report

Subscription services are likely to be the first casualties of a potential recession, new research has revealed. According to the first Recession Impact report from MIDiA Research, user subscriptions to premium entertainment platforms like Netflix and Spotify could be on the chopping block as cash-conscious consumers migrate to free high-quality alternatives. As such, the report […]

Hearst Magazines launches fitness app to enter SVOD space

Magazine publisher Hearst has made its first foray into the VOD market with the launch of subscription-based app All Out Studio. The app will be available for iOS and Apple TV starting July 11. It will launch with over 35 hours of video, made up of content from Hearst-owned brands such as Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan […]

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