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Napster creator plots premium VOD movie service

The founder of influential music sharing platform Napster is behind a new on-demand service planning to shake-up the theatrical movie release window. Sean Parker, who was also influential in Facebook’s establishment, reportedly wants the US studios to back his new venture, The Screening Room, which he is leading another tech entrepreneur, Prem Akkaraju. The Screening […]

Amazon to leave Ripper Street

The fifth season of period crime drama Ripper Street will be its last, Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed. Filming of the fifth run has begun in Dublin ahead of its exclusive debut on Amazon’s SVOD platform later this year. Amazon commissioned two seasons of the show last year, a development that followed the co-funding […]

Amazon ‘eyes Oz SVOD launch’

Amazon could use the launch of its new Top Gear rival motoring show to launch its SVOD service in Australia, according to local press. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Amazon is weighing the launch of its Prime Instant Video service in Australia, and could time a rollout to coincide with the launch of the […]

Netflix confirms German original

Netflix is following Amazon Prime Instant Video into the German originals market. The US-based streaming platform confirmed it is making Dark, a “family drama with a supernatural twist”, in the European territory. News of the series first leaked last week, after it emerged Endemol Shine Germany-backed producer Wiedemann & Berg had won the commission after […]

Amazon bags new Woody Allen movie

Woody Allen’s latest feature film will go out exclusively in North America on Amazon Prime Instant Video after its theatrical debut. Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the film, a romantic comedy starring Jeannie Berlin and Steve Carrell set in the 1930s. Amazon Studios’ feature film release model sees films go out theatrically for […]

Netflix ‘sets first German original’

Netflix’s latest original content play is reportedly the streaming platform’s first German-language drama from an Endemol Shine Germany-backed prodco. The show, which is currently untitled, will be made by Wiedemann & Berg, the Endemol Shine joint venture prodco, according to a report in German media trade Mediabiz. Mediabiz reported up to 70 German producers had […]

SVOD data: Jessica Jones tops High Castle

Netflix action drama Marvel’s Jessica Jones is the most in-demand original streamed series in the UK, according to exclusive new data seen by TBI. Netflix programmes took seven of the top ten spots in the findings, which come from US-based Parrot Analytics, whose demand expressions measurement is a tool that uses a variety of sources […]

Hulu ‘could make international return’

American on-demand platform Hulu could make a return to the international market, according to a senior executive at part-owner 21st Century Fox. Hulu was a previously available outside the US in Japan, having also come close to launching in the UK in some format in 2009. However, it hasn’t been offered internationally since February 2014 […]

Amazon bags classic X-Files for UK

Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has acquired all nine seasons of the original X-Files series, ahead of the reboot’s debut on terrestrial Channel 5. Following a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Amazon has launched all available episodes of the sci-fi drama, which aired between 1993 and 2002. Viacom-owned Channel 5 acquired exclusive broadcast […]

Amazon’s Christmas viewing doubles

Amazon Prime members doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles over the Christmas season compared to 2014, according to the e-retailer. Amazon said that its original series The Man in the High Castle (pictured) led the way as the “most watched TV season ever on Prime Video”. It claimed the series was the most […]