TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

Vimeo reveals OTT stats

Vimeo’s white label OTT platform now has 3.6 million subscribers across hundreds of services, with more than half of users watching videos via Vimeo-powered apps, according to the video platform provider. Vimeo’s ‘2018 OTT Revolution’ report looked at the viewing patterns of subscribers on the Vimeo OTT platform – a solution that lets Vimeo customers launch […]

GRB & DEFY Media partner for cross-platform originals

GRB Entertainment and DEFY Media have partnered to develop and distribute an original programming slate for domestic and international distribution. GRB most recently acquired international rights to DEFY series Man at Arms and Super Fan Builds, earning the traditionally linear production company a presence in the millennial and Gen Z space. Similarly DEFY will now […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

Oath distanced from Morning Breath after Instagram star’s tweets

Verizon’s Oath has cancelled The Morning Breath, a celebrity talk show aimed at millennials, after Instagram star Claudia Oshry Soffer was accused of sending ‘anti-Muslim’ tweets. The show, which streams live on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram on weekday mornings at 10:30am ET, will be cancelled immediately, according to the digital company. An Oath representative said […]

Disney shutters Movies Anywhere service

The Walt Disney Company is closing its Disney Movies Anywhere services, though customers can transfer their downloaded films to a newer service. A message on the Disney Movies Anywhere web page urged users to move their films to the Movies Anywhere digital locker service announced last year. Disney Movies Anywhere launched in 2014 as a […]

Viacom streaming app Nick Jr. Play goes int’l

Nickelodeon has launched its preschool streaming app, Nick Jr. Play, on the international market. As of today, the app is available in the UK and Denmark on iOS- and Android-enabled devices, with multi-language support. In Denmark, it’ll be offered through pay TV and telco operator YouSee, and will also offer Nickelodeon Play. Other international territory […]

YouTube TV ups price and adds Turner channels

YouTube TV is set to up its price from US$35 to US$40 per month, has added a host of Turner channels, and plans to up its sports output. The news came as YouTube said it will also expand its over-the-top pay TV service to 100 top US markets in the coming weeks. YouTube is adding […]

BBC reports ‘best year ever’ for streaming service iPlayer

UK pubcaster the BBC has said the iPlayer recorded its “best year ever in 2017” after adding more boxsets, archive shows and personalisation features. Company stats reveal that viewers of the catch-up and on-demand service streamed 272 million programmes per month on average in 2017, with total requests growing to 3.3 billion – an 11% […]

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