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Netflix US ‘overtakes’ YouTube

Netflix is now the most watched on-demand video service in the US, beating YouTube into second place, according to new research. Ampere Analysis, which measured the proportion of people interacting with a given service over the past month, says Netflix now has a 47% share of streaming eyeballs in the US, ahead of YouTube with […]

Hasbro titles go digital with MoMedia

Transformers: Rescue Bots and G.I Joe: Renegades will go out through digital and VOD distributor MoMedia after it secured a deal with Hasbro Studios. MoMedia is to repackage and distribute Hasbro Studios television titles for TVOD platforms worldwide, excluding the US, Australia and New Zealand. Transformers: Rescue Bots (pictured) and G.I. Joe: Renegades are the […]

Second pilots round ‘up 100%’ for Amazon

Amazon Instant Video has revealed figures showing its second original pilots season has outscored the first in streamed views by 100%. The US SVOD service launched 10 pilots last week and initial feedback showed 85% of reviews were four or five stars and that the average number of streams had increased 100% for primetime pilots […]

Amazon partners with studios, programmers in 4K push

Amazon has revealed that it is working with major Hollywood studios and TV programmers, including Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery as it looks to step up its 4K, Ultra HD online video efforts. Amazon’s VP of digital video and music Bill Carr said that customers are “excited about the future of 4K […]

Amazon launches on-demand service in Japan

Amazon Instant Video has launched in Japan, offering Hollywood movies and local programming totaling 26,000 titles. The service will charge customers 100 yen (US$1) per rental and 1,000 yen to purchase. Programming includes movies and series from US studios and content from Japanese distribution firms Shochiku Co. and Toho Co., plus broadcasters TBS, Fuji TV […]

Amazon eyes Russian service

Amazon could launch a video streaming service in Russia, following local reports that it has applied to register the Amazon Instant Video trademark in the country. Russian tech site first reported the news last week, citing a “priority” filing with Russia’s patent office, Rospatent. A video launch would see Amazon go head-to-head with local […]

Electus making kids original for Amazon

Amazon Studios, the original production arm of online retailer Amazon, has greenlit a pilot for a live-action children’s series from US-based Electus Studios. Maker Shack Agency will follow the exploits of a 13 year-old inventor and his friends, who all use science and ingenuity to solve problems in people’s lives. IAC-backed Electus will team with […]

Research shows Amazon is catching Netflix

Netflix remains the runaway alternative TV provider in the US, but Amazon is growing at a faster rate, according to new research. US-based 451 Research regularly surveys US consumers about the non-traditional TV services for which they are paying. Netflix remains the market leader by a large margin with 82% of respondents paying for the […]