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TBI Weekly: Sub success for SVOD players

A range of stories from this week highlight that a push in original content is driving paid-for VOD subscriptions higher than ever as 2017’s year-end results pile in. Last year, subscriptions to the dominant SVOD players Netflix and Amazon continued to grow in various territories alongside lesser-known and more localised platforms. BARB, the UK ratings […]

Netflix UK subs rate slows as Now TV gains – BARB

Netflix added new subscribers at a slower rate than SVOD rivals Amazon Prime Video and Now TV in the UK in 2017, but remains the dominant local payer, according to BARB research. Overall, 9.5 million households in the UK have at least one SVOD subscription, with Netflix taking 7.5 million of them. This equals a […]

Fox takes streaming service to Hong Kong

Fox Networks Group Asia has hooked up with pay TV provider Now TV to launch its streaming service in Hong Kong. Now TV subscribers will get exclusive access to Fox+ in the Chinese territory, with non-subscribers offered a free trial period and a subsequent HK$188 monthly fee. The service has been made widely available in […]

YouGov: ‘death of TV’ is a misnomer

The ‘death of TV’ is a misnomer with overall TV viewing figures fairly steady, despite fragmentation in the market, according to YouGov. The research firm’s new ‘Broadcast to Narrowcast’ report claims that the average number of TV minutes watched per day in the UK between 2006 and 2016 was 251.6 minutes. In 2016 it was […]

Mediacorp names industry veteran CEO

Singaporean TV group Mediacorp has named industry veteran Tham Loke Kheng as its CEO. She will succeed Shaun Seow, who is moving to a new role at Mediacorp parent Temasek on September 30. Loke Kheng is a well-known face in Asian media circles having held senior positions at free-to-air, pay TV and broadband companies across […]

Ofcom: UK now a ‘nation of binge viewers’

The UK has become “a nation of binge viewers” but there are stark differences between how older and younger people watch TV, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s annual Communications Market Report 2017 claims that 79% of UK adults, some 40 million people, now use catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer, or subscription services […]

Sky 1 brings in three original shows

Sky 1 is set to bring in three new entertainment shows for Sky and Now TV customers. Sky’s UK pay TV platform will feature an a cappella singing contest, Sing It, hosted by Cat Deeley, marking her return to British screens after years in the US. The show brings together 30 a cappella groups who […]

Netflix ‘under threat as top VOD net for UK youth’

Netflix remains the most popular service for British children and teenagers, but Amazon Prime Video and Now TV are gaining ground, a new study has found. Some 58% of 13-19 year-olds polled by WPP-owned ad firm MediaCom use Netflix, making it the most popular UK subscription VOD service within the age group. However, it is […]

Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively […]

Now TV having ‘no impact’ on core pay TV base

Sky’s Now TV “strategy is working” without any impact on the pay TV operator core base, according to a key exec at the company. The OTT TV service’s customers are, in fact, increasingly taking multiple packages, according to Marina Storti, director of strategy at Now TV. Despite consumers being able to take and drop single […]

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