AVOD


Warner Bros. inks AVOD deal with Tubi for ‘The Bachelor’

Dating competition show The Bachelor is heading to AVOD service Tubi as part of a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The first series of the popular US format will be made available on the free, ad-supported platform on 1 April, along with initial series of The Bachelorette and The Bachelorette special Trista & Ryan’s Wedding, […]

Berlinale: Pluto TV’s focus on “long-form, niche content” will take on Netflix

Pluto TV’s managing director for Europe, Olivier Jollet, has said that the business will take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon by serving niche audiences and focusing on long-form content made for linear television, during Berlinale’s Drama Series Days event. Jollet expanded on why Viacom boss Bob Bakish has said that its $340m acquisition […]

Hulu drops price for popular plan after Disney’s streaming loss reveal

Hulu is dropping the price of its most popular streaming plan by $2 and hiking up the charge for its Live TV service by $5 after it was revealed to have made a $580m loss for Disney, its 60% owner, earlier this week. Days after Netflix raised its rates in the US, Hulu has announced […]

Viacom acquires AVOD Pluto TV for $340m

Viacom has offered $340m in cash to close a sale for ad-supported streamer Pluto TV, which is backed by the likes of Scripps Networks and Sky. Founded in 2013, Pluto TV offers a free bundled experience and streams over 100 channels. It has over 130 partnerships with media networks, major film and television studios, and […]

Amazon launches AVOD channel with IMDb

Amazon has launched Freedive, an ad-supported streaming channel featuring movies and TV shows, with the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The AVOD will be available in the US beginning today on the IMDb website and on all Amazon Fire TV devices. Freedive TV customers will see the new IMDb Freedive icon in the “Your Apps & […]

YouTube to wind down Premium offering

YouTube is planning to put its original content ahead of its paywall in what marks a significant strategy shift. The business has confirmed that, beginning in 2019, new originals on the platform will be available via an AVOD model that makes the content effectively free for its global audience. To date, the platform has been charging […]

CEE players mull Netflix rival, but face challenges

Regional broadcasters face multiple challenges in launching local SVOD services in CEE, but may have an opportunity to experiment with new on-demand windows for content that is created for free-to-air broadcast, according to a panel of broadcasters at the NEM event in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Pete Smith, managing director of Greece-based pan-regional broadcaster Antenna Group, said […]