Amazon unlocks 40 kids & family shows for non-Prime subscribers

Amazon is making a portion of its children’s programming available for free as the world battles against the Coronavirus pandemic. The company announced that 40 family and kids’ shows will be available for all Amazon customers, regardless or whether they have a Prime subscription. Series available include Arthur, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom […]

Disney+ delays French roll-out as Apple & Amazon cut streaming quality

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

India to be ‘third largest SVOD market’ by end of 2020

India will have the third most SVOD subscribers in any country worldwide by the end of 2020, fuelled by the growth in affordable smartphones, cheaper mobile data and faster internet access. According to Futuresource, these factors will see India behind only China and the US by the end of the year with around 95 million […]

Amazon, RTVE embark on big budget ‘Boundless’ adventure

Amazon Prime Video and Spanish broadcaster RTVE are in pre-production on big budget drama Boundless, about the 16th century voyage of Juan Sebastián Elcano and Ferdinand Magellan around the world. Directed by British director Simon West, whose action and adventure film credits include Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the four part scripted series […]

Amazon hires Sony’s Mike Hopkins to lead video business

Amazon has hired Sony Pictures Television chairman and former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins to oversee its video entertainment businesses — including Prime Video and its movie and television unit Amazon Studios. Hopkins is set to join Amazon on February 24 and will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Hopkins joined Sony in 2017 after spending […]

Amazon orders Italian and Latin American originals

Amazon has stepped up its investment in original shows in Italy and Latin America, ordering a range of dramas and unscripted series. The streamer has greenlit three Italian originals: comedy series Vita da Carla, music documentary Ferro and unscripted cooking travelogue Dinner Club. Amazon also green-lit four original series from Argentina, Chile and Colombia, marking […]

How Netflix won back Hispanic and Latinx subscribers

As NATPE delegates arrive in Miami, Fateha Begum, associate director at TBI sibling IHS Markit Technology, explores how Netflix has changed its tactics in the battle for Latinx and Hispanic subscribers. Global OTT video subscriptions are set to exceed one billion in 2021, a figure only recently passed by traditional pay TV in 2017. In […]

Marcy Ross steps down at ‘Jack Ryan’ producer Skydance Television

Jack Ryan producer Skydance Television is looking for a new chief after incumbent Marcy Ross revealed she would be stepping down. Ross, who was president at the US producer’s television arm, helped to launch Skydance’s TV interests in 2013. The company’s output now includes Netflix drama Altered Carbon and Apple TV+ show Foundation, as well […]

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