AVOD


Six reasons why 2020 has been the year of AVOD

With an unexpected global pandemic and the roll-out of direct-to-consumer streamers from the US studios dominating much of the content-related conversation this year, it’s easy to forget that 2020 had been pencilled in by many as being the break-out year for AVOD. And while considerably more might have been written about DTC and Covid-19, advertising-supported streaming […]

Exclusive: AVOD streamers could offer ‘first window, exclusive’ potential

Almost a third of distributors believe advertising-funded (AVOD) streamers could become buyers of first window and exclusive rights to finished programming, according to the findings from a newly released survey. The Future Of TV Program Rights In An On-Demand World report, produced by analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, found that 32% of respondents believe AVOD […]

Newly acquired Tubi offers ‘Masked Singer’ from parent Fox

Tubi is to offer episodes from the US version of unscripted hit The Masked Singer, just days after Fox Corp formally closed its $440m acquisition of the AVOD operator. The first two seasons of the singing series, which airs on Fox in the US, have become available via Tubi and episodes from the latest season […]

Fox Corp completes $440m deal for AVOD streamer Tubi

Fox Corp has completed its $440m acquisition of AVOD streamer Tubi, which was first announced last month. The ‘new Fox’, headed up by Lachlan Murdoch and born out of Disney’s $71bn acquisition of 20th Century Fox, has financed the deal with proceeds from the sale of its stake in fellow streamer Roku. When the Tubi […]

NBCUniversal’s Fandango acquires Walmart-owned streamer Vudu

US streamer Vudu – the AVOD and TVOD platform owned by retail giant Walmart – has been acquired by NBCUniversal’s cinema ticket purchasing service Fandango. Vudu is currently accessible in over 100 million US homes with an app that has been downloaded more than 14 million times. The service, which offers an AVOD component as […]

Exclusive: AVOD decline likely as Covid-19 hits once-surging sector

The Covid-19-induced slump in advertising spending is set to have deep repercussions on the until recently booming AVOD market, leading analysts tell TBI. AVOD had been touted as a major growth area for producers and rights owners but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought advertising spending to a screeching halt, leaving broadcasters such as ITV and […]

Comcast expands AVOD battleground with Xumo acquisition

NBCUniversal parent Comcast has made its latest move in the fast-growing AVOD battleground by acquiring US-based service Xumo. The ad-supported streamer was acquired from electronics manufacturer Panasonic and US media giant Meredith Corp for an undisclosed sum, with Comcast-owned CNBC claiming that its parent company had paid around $100m. Xumo offers ad-supported live and on-demand […]

TBI Weekly: Five key takeaways from NATPE 2020

NATPE has traditionally marked the start of the conference year for many execs across the Americas and Europe, with delegates heading to the warmer climes of Miami for discussion, deal-making and dinners overlooking the ocean. Yet the sunshine and downpours that accompanied this year’s event were reflective of the wider disruption facing the business – […]

ITV Hub hits 500 million hours viewed in 2019

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has seen viewing hours on its ITV Hub catch-up service grow by 13% over the past 12 months, taking video consumption to more than 500 million hours in 2019. The broadcaster partly attributed this success to ITV Hub’s ubiquity, with the streamer being available on 28 different platforms. Unsurprisingly, hit reality […]

Exclusive: Pluto TV hires director of European partnerships

Pluto TV has hired a director of European partnerships as it looks to expand its EMEA operations, TBI can confirm. Long-time Vivendi exec Guillaume Rosier has joined the ViacomCBS-owned AVOD platform as director of business development and partnerships for Europe. Based out of Paris, he is to report into the Berlin-based Olivier Jollet, MD for […]

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