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Amazon buys BBCWW-sold edutainment show

Amazon Prime Video has added Phonics School, a 16x5mins cartoon from London-based edutainment specialist EnablinGenius. This comes after a deal with distributor BBC Worldwide Learning. Phonics School is billed as “an enchanting animated series that introduces preschoolers to phonics – the method children are taught to read and write”. It follows Phonikers – letters of […]

Woody Allen’s Amazon comedy Crisis nears

Woody Allen’s comedy for Amazon Prime Video is called Crisis in Six Scenes, and sees the controversial writer-director appearing on-screen alongside Miley Cyrus. Amazon has released a trailer that reveals the show will be made available to subscribers on September 30. This marks the first time Allen has made a show for television. The six-part […]

Sky, Amazon team to form Roman Army drama

European satcaster Sky and Amazon Prime Video in the US are to coproduce a big-budget drama focusing on the Roman Imperial Army. The pair have enlisted Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) to pen Britannia, which will be set in AD43 and run to ten episodes. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland on […]

Netflix is most popular UK on-demand service

Netflix is by far the most popular paid-for video-on-demand service in the UK, and is increasing its lead, while BBC iPlayer is the most used among all VOD services, according to the latest edition of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report. According to the survey, 23% of UK adults used Stranger Things network Netflix on average each […]

SVOD revenues to reach $35bn by 2021

Subscription on-demand-services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix will generate annual revenues of US$34.6 billion by 2021, according to Juniper Research. The Digital TV & Video: Network and OTT Strategies 2016-2021 report reveals SVOD revenues this year will be US$14.6 billion, and SVOD operators will soon see “substantial returns on their expansion and growth strategies” […]

Netflix misses targets as growth slows

Netflix’s growth rate slowed in the second quarter, with the company missing its sign-up target as more customers than expected cancelled their subscriptions. Announcing its Q2 results, Netflix said that it added 1.7 million new members in the quarter – below its forecast of 2.5 million new members and down from 3.3 million in Q2 […]

Globo offers 4K drama on-demand

Brazilian Globo claims it has become the first mainstream free TV broadcaster to programming in the 4K format. The network has made its first 4K-produced drama, Dangerous Liaisons, available through its on-demand player. SVOD platforms Netflix and Amazon Prime Video already offer their original shows in UHD formats, but broadcasters have been slower to come […]

Catastrophe continues at Amazon

Amazon Prime Video in the US will have the next two seasons of British relationship comedy Catastrophe. UK broadcaster Channel 4 this week ordered seasons three and four of the show, which comes from Avalon Television, Merman and Birdbath Productions. Amazon had invested in the first two seasons in exchange for exclusive on-demand rights in […]

Tuchman joins Parrot board, plots investment

Ex-AMC Global president Bruce Tuchman has joined the board of television data firm Parrot Analytics, and will invest in the company this year. Tuchman (pictured) left his role as AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global boss earlier this year, and has been consulting for the media technology sectors since that point. This makes him a […]

Amazon accrues Girlfriend Experience

Amazon Prime Video has acquired Starz drama The Girlfriend Experience. The deal covers the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, with the series debuting yesterday in the first three and the latter later this year. The Girlfriend Experience follows Riley Keough as a law student who becomes drawn into the world of escorting and transactional relationships. […]