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 […]

Mulan goes TVOD as Disney attempts to revive faltering movie business

Disney will follow other major movie studios in making its delayed blockbuster Mulan available to rent via Disney+. Like other major movie studios, Disney has had to shelve its major cinematic releases, with Marvel movies The New Mutants and Black Widow both being pushed back to later in 2020. Unfortunate timing meant that the live […]

Cinema chain Showcase launches TVOD platform

Cinema chain Showcase Cinemas has announced the launch of a new transactional video on-demand service called Showcase At Home. The app, available for free on iOS and Android, has been launched to “complement and expand upon” Showcase Cinemas’ theatrical Event Cinema, Flashback and Spotlight programming, as well as the company’s theatrical distribution business. Showcase At […]

Goldfinch launches BirdBox.Film TVOD

Goldfinch, the UK-based independent producer-financier, has launched TVOD service BirdBox.Film. Split across three channels – documentary, drama and festival favourites – the platform offers a wide range of films for users to rent or buy. These include hits such as Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, period drama A Single Man and Nicolas Wind […]

Report: theatrical admissions has little impact on TVOD window

The average window between the theatrical release of popular movies in cinemas and their transactional video-on-demand release across five European markets is 19 weeks, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. According to the report, the average window for retail VOD – the definitive sale of a film – across Belgium, Germany, France, […]

European movies losing out in TVOD promotion

European films in transactional video-on-demand catalogues suffer from less promotion per film than US titles, the concentration of promotion around a limited number of titles and a focus on promotion in their home country rather than internationally, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Based on data compiled by AQOA from 42 TVOD […]

European TV accounts for just 21% of episodes on SVOD services

European TV content accounts for just 24% of all episodes found in European TVOD catalogues and 21% of all episodes found on European SVOD services, according to a new report. The European Audiovisual Observatory study said that among this European content, national TV shows represent the majority of episodes on transactional video-on-demand services (63%), but […]

Pay TV services to account for close to 90% of global video market

Pay TV services will account for 89.7% of the global US$314.3 billion video media market this year, according to Gartner. The research firm estimates that in 2017 pay TV services will account for US$282 billion of end-user spend, compared to US$18.7 billion for SVOD services and US$13.6 billion for TVOD. While all three segments are […]