Multimedia Polska boosts kids VOD offering

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has boosted its recently-launched video-on-demand offering for kids with the addition of new titles from English Club TV and Da Vinci Learning. The operator is adding about 200 episodes of shows from the two broadcasters. As part of its promotional offer, Multimedia Polska will provide the service free of charge […]

ProSieben poaches Maker Studios exec for digital

ProSiebenSat.1 has poached a digital exec from Disney’s Maker Studios to run its ad-supported VOD services. Christian Dankl will be the German broadcaster’s CEO of AVOD. The role is a new one at ProSieben, which recently reorganised its digital business. That internal restructure saw ProSieben COO Christopher Wahl take the chairman role at the digital […]

European films falling short in international VoD market

European films are less successful in international video-on-demand markets than US movies, according to research by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The observatory’s report How do films circulate on VOD and in cinemas in the European Union, found that films produced in the EU are available on average on VoD in 2.8 countries each, compared with […]

SVOD ‘driving longer-form video viewing’

New stats show viewers of subscription VOD programming spend most of their time on long-form video, while those using advertiser-funded on-demand services different significantly. According to a study by video tech firm Ooyala, almost 100% of SVOD viewing across all devices is for long-form video of 20 minutes or more. AVOD users, however, consume differently […]

PwC: SVOD spend to rise amid ‘major changes’ in viewing habits

US over-the-top and subscription video-on-demand revenues are set to rise substantially in the next five years amid “major changes for how people watch TV and video,” according to PwC. PwC’s ‘Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020: US edition’ claims that SVOD revenue will climb from US$6.4 billion in 2015 to US$10.4 billion in 2020. The 2015-2020 […]

North American SVOD market to reach 110m subs in 2021

The North American SVOD market will grow to 109.6 million subscribers by 2021, with multiple subscriptions “key to US SVOD growth”, according to new research. Digital TV Research’s ‘North America OTT TV and Video Forecasts’ report claims that the number of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) subscribers will grow by nearly 30 million subs from 81.8 million […]

Virgin Trains launches Beam entertainment app

Virgin Trains has launched an on-board entertainment app for its UK customers, offering around 200 hours of free TV and film content, as well as magazines and games. The Beam app lets customers stream free entertainment on-board Virgin trains, provided they have downloaded the service to their Apple or Android phone or tablet. The content […]

HBO teams up with Vodafone for launch of HBO España

HBO has struck a deal with Vodafone in Spain for the launch of its planned streaming video-on-demand service in the country, to be called HBO España. HBO said its Spanish service would launch with an extensive catalogue of premium content including current series such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Veep, Silicon Valley and a […]

Globecast launches VOD logistics service

Media solutions provider Globecast has launched a video-on-demand (VOD) logistics service, expanding its media management and playout capabilities. Globecast said the service is designed to remove the complexity of delivering VOD for content providers, with the company preparing content packages with relevant metadata, languages, graphics, subtitles and promos in the formats required by individual VOD […]

Russian TV market now has 2,370 channels

The Russian TV market consisted of 2,370 TV channels at the end of 2015, while 68% of Russian TV households subscribed to pay TV at the end of 2014, according to new research. The European Audiovisual Observatory’s report on the Russian market said that more than 2,300 TV channels operate and are accessible in Russia […]