Vivendi ‘merging’ Dailymotion with Watchever

Vivendi is merging its struggling YouTube rival Dailymotion with video-on-demand technology unit Watchever, according to a French press report. According to the Journal du Net, which claimed to have obtained a copy of the internal document laying out the merger process, the move is designed to create a larger unit with a clear strategy and […]

Vivendi launches WatchMusic mobile SVOD

Vivendi is launching WatchMusic, a subscription on-demand music video service in Brazil, with further international launches to follow. The new service is being launched by Watchever, the brand Vivendi used for its soon-to-close German SVOD service. It will allow subs to watch music videos, live performances, music doc and other music themed programming via an […]

Vivendi reportedly putting Netflix rival project on ice

Vivendi has put its plans to develop a pan-European OTT service to compete with Netflix on ice following its decision to close German SVOD service Watchever and the acrimonious collapse of its planned alliance with Italy’s Mediaset, according to a French press report. According to daily Libération, citing an unnamed source, Vivendi Content chief Dominique […]

Vivendi to shut down German SVoD service Watchever

Vivendi is to shut down German OTT subscription video-on-demand service Watchever in December. The news was first reported by French financial daily Les Echos, but was confirmed independently by DTVE’s sister title TBI. Les Echos, citing unnamed sources, reported that Watchever’s 17-strong team in Berlin have been told that the service will cease to operate […]

Vivendi revamps Watchever with branded channels, BBC Brit on board

Vivendi-owned German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has revamped its service with a new structure based around branded channels. The SVoD service, the new version of which is available from today, is offering a total of 25 branded channels across genres, that have been developed in partnership with content providers including CBS, BBC Worldwide, The Walt […]

UK leads for video app downloads

Netflix was the more downloaded video app in the UK in the third quarter of last year, followed by BBC iPlayer and YouTube, according to a report on video apps in the UK, France and Germany by App Annie. However, the Sky Sports mobile TV app delivered the highest app revenue for video apps, followed […]

Kofler tipped as possible investor in Watchever as founders quit

German media executive Georg Kofler, the former CEO of Premiere, which later became Sky Deutschland, has been tipped as a possible buyer for Vivendi-owned German OTT subscription VoD provider Watchever by news magazine Der Spiegel. According to the magazine, Kofler has offered to invest in Watchever, but on condition that Vivendi continue to bear the […]

Vivendi reportedly seeking to sell Watchever

Vivendi is looking to sell its German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos. According to the report, Vivendi has asked Merrill Lynch to advise on a possible sale of the platform, which only launched last year. According to the paper, Vincent Bolloré, who is due to take […]

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 […]

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 […]