TBI Tech & Analysis: Six streaming super-trends for 2021

Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst for media & entertainment at TBI sibling OMDIA, reflects on a watershed year for streaming and picks out the ramifications and key trends set to affect the business in 2021 and beyond. The acceleration of cord-cutting and online video adoption during Covid-19, coupled with aggressive expansion of next-gen direct-to-consumer (D2C) services, […]

India rejigs streamer regulations with ramifications for Netflix and others

The Indian government is to place streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting in a move that observers believe could presage a crackdown on content deemed unsuitable – or politically unacceptable – by the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Video streaming platforms […]

Amazon moves into ‘Tiger King’ territory with Nicolas Cage-starring drama

Amazon has picked up the recently revealed US drama that is set to star Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix’s hit docuseries Tiger King. The eight-episode limited drama is set to mark the Hollywood star’s first major TV role, with Amazon now in development on the show, which emerged in May. It […]

Exclusive: Amazon’s IMDb TV hires Fremantle, A+E alum for acquisitions

Amazon-owned streamer IMDb TV has hired former Fremantle and A+E Networks exec Samuel Harowitz to work across the AVOD service’s fast-growing acquisitions activity, TBI has learned. Harowitz becomes senior content acquisition manager at the increasingly acquisitive US-based streaming service and is based out of the firm’s Culver City offices in California. He was most recently […]

Marvel’s Silk live-action series in works at Sony

A live-action series based around the Marvel superhero Silk is reportedly in discussion between Amazon and rights holders Sony. Sony is apparently talking to Amazon with a view to the streamer being the home of its “suite” of TV series based on Marvel characters, of which Silk would be the first. Sony Pictures Television will […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival

The 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival’s virtual nature didn’t stop the annual event from making an impact with its stay-at-home viewers, not least because a jam-packed schedule threw up plenty of talking points over the week. Discussions around diversity and inclusivity were top of the agenda but action was also apparent, with UK broadcasting duo ITV […]

Walmart joins Microsoft’s TikTok bid, as retail giant eyes Amazon competition

US-based Walmart is partnering with Microsoft on a bid for TikTok’s American operations, as the retail giant explores ways to compete with Amazon. “We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How & why streamers are driving LGBT+ content

Netflix, the BBC and HBO Max have today been revealed as leading the way when it comes to commissioning LGBT+ content, according to UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. TBI dives into the findings. Given Netflix’s sprawling commitments around the world, it is perhaps not a surprise that the world’s biggest streamer is also leading the […]

SVODs leading the way with LGBT+ content

SVOD operators around the world are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content, according to new research from UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. A report from the group found that between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered movies or series with LGBT+ themes. Eighty percent of those commissions were destined for on-demand […]

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