TBI Weekly

TBI Tech & Analysis: How Netflix turned ‘Stranger Things S4’ into a billion-hour bonanza

Netflix hit Stranger Things returned for a much-anticipated fourth season in May and, according to its own data, the streamer’s subscribers thought it was well worth the three-year wait. But what lies beneath the headlines, asks Omdia’s Matthew Evenson. Following the industry’s reaction to Netflix’s decline in subscriptions in Q1 of 2022, all eyes were […]

TBI Weekly: Unscripted paper format creators you need to know (part 1)

In June, TBI’s resident format expert Siobhan Crawford put out a call to those developing the most unique paper formats coming to market. Today, she takes a look at some of the best minds in the business and identifies an array of creators who you really need to know. Let’s talk about paper. Since committing to […]

TBI Weekly: Why WBD’s backtracking offers regional opportunities

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)’s decision to end the global roll-out of HBO Max and its backtracking on regional originals underlines the state of flux the industry is in, writes Richard Middleton.  Under a relatively temperate – and befitting, as it turns out – Toledo sky at Conecta Fiction last month, Banijay’s Lars Blomgren all but predicted Warner Bros. […]

TBI Weekly: Why Disney+ strategy in France speaks to a global truth

Disney+ has been out in force here at Série Series in France, which is rather apt given the proximity of the suitably palatial Château de Fontainebleau. But what can we learn about its global scripted strategy? Just how successful Disney+ has been to date tends to depend on your point of view. For many, the subscriber growth […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for the swashbuckling world of windowing & rights?

Disney and Viacom18 last week struck a $6bn deal to share rights to the Indian Premier League cricket, with the Mouse House taking TV coverage and the Paramount-backed firm taking streaming. Richard Middleton explores the deal’s relevance to the rest of the content ecosystem and delves into the rapidly changing world of windowing. Sports have […]

TBI Weekly: What BANFF & MIFA tell us about 2022 so far

TBI has been on the road this week, taking in the mountainous surroundings of Annecy for MIFA and the Canadian Rockies for the Banff World Media Festival. Here are six takeaways from those events exploring how they reflect the key trends of 2022 to date. Annecy in France and Banff in Canada are 4,885 miles apart, apparently, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Digging into Netflix & Amazon’s int’l strategies

  Tim Westcott, Omdia’s senior principal analyst, digital content and channels, delves into the differing international strategies of streaming giants Netflix and Amazon, and the challenges they each face as US studios increasingly go DTC. SVOD services backed by US studios are rolling out internationally, posing a challenge to Amazon and Netflix. Local broadcasters are […]

TBI Weekly: What BBCS & Vuulr deal says about rights cycles & distribution

BBC Studios’ agreement with Vuulr revealed earlier this week is another nod to the rapidly changing content business. TBI speaks to the platform’s CEO Ian McKee about $12m worth of deals, 200,000+ hours of content & US studios’ reevaluation of rights. Trading rights to TV shows has been a part of the content industry for almost as long as there […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Why SVOD giants have embraced non-US content

Tim Westcott, Omdia’s senior principal analyst, digital content and channels, explores why Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continue to invest in non-US programming, despite pandemic-driven impacts on new original content launches. Netflix is under pressure from investors after its disappointing first quarter results and full year forecasts, but as a powerhouse of original content it […]