German SVOD firm Watchever signs ZDF Enterprises deal

German SVOD platform Watchever has scored a deal with ZDF Enterprises for shows including Nordic noir Bron (aka The Bridge) and teen series Wolf Blood. The deal is for German-produced and international shows from the commercial arm of pubcaster ZDF. On the scripted front, Watchever gets Kriminaldauerdienst, which is about a workplace family of police […]

SVOD to deliver multi-billion dollar pay TV boost

Up to 50 million homes globally by the end of 2014 will have two or more separate pay TV subscriptions, generating extra revenues for the industry, according to new research by Deloitte. In its annual Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions, Deloitte predicted that multiple subscriptions – spurred by SVOD services including Netflix – will […]

New kids SVoD app secures eOne content

A new kids-focused on-demand app is launching in the UK later this month and has secured Entertainment One Family series including Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom for its debut. SVOD service Hopster was first unveiled at MIPJunior this year and has secured a batch of deals for shows such as Babar and the Adventures of […]

Sky Deutschland bags DreamWorks Animation film rights

Germany satellite TV provider Sky Deutschland has acquired first run pay TV and SVOD rights to DreamWorks Animation films through a deal with distribution partner Twentieth Century Fox. The deal gives Sky D films such as The Croods, which it will run on its linear movie channels and Sky Anytime and Sky Go on-demand services. “Through […]

German SVOD platform latest to go Under the Dome

Vivendi’s European SVOD service Watchever is the latest buyer of CBS miniseries Under the Dome. Fresh from bringing the stars of the show out to Cannes for MIPCOM last week, CBS Studios International has secured a multi-year deal for the show with Watchever in Germany to begin in January next year. It covers seasons one […]

Canal+ and Dailymotion team up for Canadian SVoD service

Canal+ Group has teamed up with video sharing site Dailymotion to launch a new OTT service for Canada. The new service, Canal+ Canada, will include subscription and transactional on-demand offerings and will launch in November. Canal+ Canada, which will be part of Dailymotion’s platform in Canada, will comprise three services. The first, Le Pass Canal+, […]

Online TV and video revenues to hit US$35 billion

Global revenue for online TV and video over fixed broadband networks will reach US$34.99 billion (€25.8 billion) in 2018, according to new forecasts by Digital TV Research.  The research predicts revenues in this space to almost double in the next five years, with the revenue to climb from just US$3.98 billion recorded in 2010 and […]

Netflix signs UK deal with Nokia

Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service.  The offer, which is available via Vodafone, will give new customers who buy a contract for Nokia’s September-released Lumia 1020 Windows Phone a 12-month free subscription to Netflix. The operator will also give […]

SPT to launch UK SVoD version of Animax channel

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks is set to launch a UK version of its anime channel, Animax, as a subscription video-on-demand service.  Due to launch online this autumn at, Sony said the service is then expected to soon roll out on more platforms and devices. SPT Networks UK has signed a multi-year deal with […]

NBCUniversal launches SVOD direct to consumers

NBCUniversal has launched a subscription video-on-demand service direct to consumers in the UK.  NBCUniversal is offering its movies subscription services PictureBox Films direct to consumers in the UK and Ireland for the first time for £4.99 (€5.86) a month. The move follows a redesign and rebranding of the service. Users will be able to access […]

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