AMC Theatres to launch VOD store

US cinema chain AMC Theatres is launching its own on-demand video service. Functioning in a similar manner to Apple’s iTunes Store and Amazon Prime Video, the platform will allow users to rent or buy movies.  The service, called AMC Theatres on Demand, launches as an online store with approximately 2,000 films available. In contrast to […]

UKTV updates on-demand app

UKTV has updated its on-demand service, UKTV Play, adding new features including increased personalisation and full Chromecast support. The new version of the app offers synchronised viewing history and favourites, allowing viewers to pause on one device and resume on another. It also uses artificial intelligence to learn viewing preferences and interests to serve a […]

EU approves 30% European works quota for VOD services

The European Parliament has approved new rules for audiovisual media services, which include a 30% European works quota for video-on-demand platforms. The quota is designed to support cultural diversity of the European audiovisual sector and is one part of the revised legislation, which will apply to broadcasters and online services like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. […]

Alibaba Cloud launches AsparaVideo for VoD in Europe

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, unveiled at the IBC in Amsterdam that its ApsaraVideo for VoD service will be available to the customers outside China for the first time with a launch for European customers.   ApsaraVideo for VoD is a streaming platform to support on-demand content, based on Alibaba Cloud’s hosting and delivery networks and distributed real-time transcoding technology. The platform offers a […]

Virgin TV partners with Zone.TV on kids VOD channel

Virgin Media has partnered with Zone.TV to launch a personalised video-on-demand (VOD) channel for children called My Virgin TV Kids. The service will allow young viewers to customise their viewing experience and programming line-up and marks the first European launch for California-based Zone.TV. My Virgin TV Kids will let children pick what they want to […]

RTL posts strong results as it focuses on VOD and drama

RTL announced strong Q2 and H1 results as it focuses on its two main growth initiatives – building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. The German broadcaster said that it continued its business development and ‘Total Video’ strategy in the first half of the year with H1 revenue up for the fourth consecutive […]

RTL to increase investments in VOD services

RTL plans to increase investments in its video-on-demand services after launching three new VOD platforms in the first quarter of the year. Announcing the company’s Q1 earnings, RTL Group CEO Bert Habets said that the company’s VOD investment will have a “clear focus on local, exclusive content.” He also said RTL will gradually move to […]

EBU launches new on-demand platform for European Championships

Public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU’s commercial arm Eurovision Media Services (EMS) has launched a new on-demand video platform to enable broadcast partners and rightsholders to download and share broadcast quality video content related to multi-sports event the 2018 European Championships. EMS’s 2018 European Championships channel is now available as part of the existing Eurovision Sport […]

Vidme failure highlights challenges facing VOD services

Self-styled YouTube-meets-Reddit video-on-demand service Vidme is to shut down, citing competition from Google and Facebook. The US-based streaming service, which provided videos curated by community members across a range of categories, was created in 2014 and claimed at its peak to have close to one million registered content creators and 25 million unique monthly users. […]

VOD outfit Pantaflix secures Disney deal as it plans global rollout

German movies-on-demand service Pantaflix, which has ambitions to expand globally, has struck a deal with Disney to offer films including the forthcoming Star Wars: the Last Jedi to users in Germany and Austria. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be offered by Pantaflix at the same time as its DVD release. Other titles in […]

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