France may reduce SVoD window to boost local Netflix competitors

French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti has said she wants to reduce the delay before films can be distributed on subscription video-on-demand services to 24 months after their cinema release, in place of the current 36 months – but only for services that sign up to the country’s system of financing French and European content.  Filippetti […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]

Orange planning Chromecast rival to take on Netflix

Orange is preparing to take on the imminent threat of Netflix’s arrival in France by launching a new OTT subscription video-on-demand service that will be made available via a WiFi-connectable HDMI dongle that can be plugged into TVs. The initiative has been pushed by French economic development minister Arnaud Montebourg, who confirmed the plan this […]

Netflix effect to make Sweden first to pass digital milestone

Digital video revenues is expected to exceed packaged video revenues in Sweden for the first time this year, making it the first country to pass this milestone, according to research by Futuresource Consulting.  According to Futuresource Consulting, Sweden witnessed a significant shift in consumer behaviour last year, with a dramatic decline in packaged video coupled […]

AB Group’s Jook SVoD service launches on Orange

AB Group’s Jook Video subscription video-on-demand service has launched on Orange’s TV service in France.  Orange TV customers equipped with a Livebox Play set-top can access Jook Video as part of the Pass Video offering on the platform, which also includes Filmo TV, Canalplay and Pass M6. Jook Video claims to offer about 10,000 titles, […]

OTT subscribers are ‘most voracious’ TV Everywhere customers

Despite industry fears of ‘cord cutting’ or ‘cord trimming’, subscribers to OTT services like Netflix are actually among “the most active TV Everywhere users,” according to new NPD Group research. The NPD Group TV Everywhere report claims that 75% of homes that use subscription VOD services also have a pay TV subscription, and 25% use […]

UK video entertainment spend to reach £10 billion

Video entertainment spend in the UK is expected to reach £10 billion (€12 billion) by 2018, driven by pay TV and subscription VoD services like Netflix, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm said that consumer spend on video in the UK grew by 4% in 2013 to exceed £9 billion, and tipped further growth […]

FilmoTV to launch first French SVOD service for Playstation

French subscription video-on-demand service FilmoTV has partnered with multi-screen app firm Dotscreen to launch what they claim is the first French SVOD offering on the Playstation. The app is available for Playstation 3 and 4 consoles as well as on Sony Bravia connected TVs, offering a catalogue of “hundreds of movies” for €9.99 per month. The […]

French VoD providers team up ahead of possible Netflix launch

French subscription video-on-demand services Videofutur and FilmoTV have struck a partnership that will see FilmoTV’s SVoD offering made available through Videofutur’s Netgem-supplied OTT set-top. The move is the latest evidence of a burst of activity in the French digital media space – including Canal+’s creation of a dedicated OTT unit and acquisition of a majority […]

Second pilots round ‘up 100%’ for Amazon

Amazon Instant Video has revealed figures showing its second original pilots season has outscored the first in streamed views by 100%. The US SVOD service launched 10 pilots last week and initial feedback showed 85% of reviews were four or five stars and that the average number of streams had increased 100% for primetime pilots […]