EU ministers agree to raise Netflix-type services’ Euro-content quota to 30%

The European Council has agreed there should be a minimum 30% quota on European works in the catalogue of video-on-demand service providers, including international providers, such as Netflix and Amazon, offering services in EU member states. The move represents a significant raising of the stakes the EU’s drive to make on-demand service providers raise the […]

Shomi to close amid ‘challenging’ SVOD market

Canadian subscription video-on-demand player Shomi is to close on November 30. Its cable company parents, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, said the Netflix competitor was closing due to a plethora of factors. Their decision makes Shomi the latest well-financed SVOD platform to shutter. Vivendi chose to end German service Watchever in July to focus on […]

Online on-demand viewing grows in UK

Three quarters of UK adults have viewed an online video-on-demand service in the last 12 months, with catch-up TV being the most popular category, according to research by Ofcom. According to the regulator’s On-demand and Online Research: Consumption and Concerns report, 74% of adults accessed an online service, up from 71% last year, with 96% […]

NHK launching English-language VoD

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is launching an English-language video-on-demand service next week. NHK World, the broadcaster’s international service, will start to make content available on-demand from June 15.  NHK said the free VoD service will initially comprise 13 recently transmitted programmes before being gradually expanded as rights are cleared. The launch line-up includes Asia insight, […]

BBC extends iPlayer window to 30 days

The BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days.  The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April. Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices […]

Vubiquity acquires UK’s FilmFlex

Video platform provider and content aggregator Vubiquity has acquired UK-based white label video-on-demand provider FilmFlex. FilmFlex, jointly onwed by Sony Pictures Television and the Walt Disney Company, delivers customisable VoD storefronts for, amongst others, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Film4 and EE. According to Vubiquity, the deal will bring new licensing and digital storefront capabilities to its […]

Telenet sees triple-play and SVoD boost

Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet saw its triple-play base edge closer to half its total subscriber count at the end of last year, and also recorded strong growth for its recently launched subscription video-on-demand offering and sports channel. Telenet’s triple-play base was boosted by the launch of new offerings Whop and Whoppa in June […]

France Télévisions taps Hubee for on Free

Broadcaster France Télévisions has tapped existing on-demand TV partner Hubee to provide its video-on-demand and catch-up services on service provider Free’s platform.  France Télévisions is using Hubee to deliver its service on the Free platform. The broadcaster is providing catch-up content from its five channels on the service. Pluzz video-on-demand currently offers about 3,000 […]

Amedia hails online subscriber growth

Russian broadcaster Amedia’s online subscription video-on-demand service Amediatek has attracted a subscriber base of 110,000 to date, according to Amedia CEO Alexander Akopov. As reported by local media, Akopov said the Amediatek catalogue now includes over 60 series and 200 movies, representing about 1,500 hours of content. Akopov said that about 80% of the user […]

Vectra launches VOD service

Polish cable operator Vectra has launched a new video-on-demand service giving access to movies and shows. Subscribers in the city of Elbląg in northern Poland will be first to be given access to the new service, with Olsztyn, Radom, Warsaw to follow. The service will give access to a range of programming at no extra […]