Amazon reportedly looking to integrate live TV with Prime Video

Amazon is reportedly looking at adding live TV to its Prime Video service. The streamer already plays host to a number of live sports including the English Premier League, but now a new report from Protocol cites recently posted job adverts that give an indication that Amazon is looking to expand this area of operation. […]

PopTV chief becomes latest ViacomCBS departure, headed for Audible

Amazon has hired the president of ViacomCBS’s US cable network PopTV as chief content officer for its podcast operation Audible. Brad Schwartz will oversee content for the audio outfit having headed up PopTV and its predecessor TV Guide Network for more than seven years. He reports into CEO Bob Carrigan, the former publishing exec who […]

Disney+ becomes third-largest SVOD in the UK, report claims

Disney+ has already emerged as the third-largest subscription streaming service in the UK. According to new stats from research firm and TBI sibling Omdia, the SVOD has already amassed 4.3 million subscribers in the UK since its March 24 launch. This has led Disney+ to occupy a 16.8% market share of subscribers, putting it squarely […]

BBC names BBC Studios’ CEO Tim Davie as new chief

BBC Studios (BBCS) boss Tim Davie has been named director general of the BBC, replacing the outgoing Tony Hall. Hall took much of the UK industry by surprise in January when he revealed he would be exiting the BBC this summer, with chairman David Clementi working with headhunters to find a successor. Davie will take […]

AMC’s streamer Acorn TV expands in UK with Apple & Amazon

Acorn TV, the British content streamer owned and operated by AMC Networks, is expanding its reach in the UK after striking deals with Apple and Amazon. The agreement means the streamer, which launched in the UK in April, will be accessible to users via Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV channels. Prospective users will […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Tracking Amazon Prime & Hulu’s next moves

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu might look like similar streamers on the surface but underneath the bonnet, their respective owners have experienced Covid-19 in considerably different ways. Sarah Henschel and Max Signorelli, analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, explore how subscription numbers at Amazon’s Prime operation and Disney-owned Hulu might fare against three different scenarios. The […]

Amazon Prime hits back as HBO Max fights for carriage control

Amazon has hit out at HBO Max after the two companies failed to strike a deal enabling the recently launched streamer to be available via the retail giant’s Prime Video Channels service. HBO Max was rolled out in the US yesterday offering more than 10,000 hours of content from WarnerMedia-owned brands including Game Of Thrones […]

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ series in development at Amazon

Amazon is developing a new series based around The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo heroine Lisbeth Salander, from the Millennium book series by Steig Larsson.  The project will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Left Bank Pictures, in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is currently titled The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but […]

Netflix’s Spanish & Lat Am originals director Marco Nobili joins ViacomCBS

ViacomCBS Networks Americas has appointed Netflix exec Marco Nobili to the newly created role of SVP of strategy and emerging business. Nobili will oversee ViacomCBS strategy for the Americas across its products and platforms, as well as leading the OTT strategy for streamers such as Pluto TV, Noggin and Paramount+. He will work with ViacomCBS […]

Sony Pictures sells self-commissioned thriller ‘Alex Rider’ to 100+ territories

Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) coming of age spy-thriller Alex Rider has been sold into more than 100 territories, following last week’s deal with Amazon in the UK. The show, which was first with ITV before being commissioned by SPT’s international production and distribution divisions on spec, has been acquired by Movistar+ in Spain, Nordic streamer […]

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