Tesco reportedly looks to sell Blinkbox, shuts ClubcardTV

Tesco has reportedly put its movie and TV streaming service Blinkbox up for sale and is said to be considering closing the business if a buyer can’t be found. According to a Times newspaper report, Tesco is reviewing “all options” for the loss-making business, though CEO Dave Lewis reportedly told senior Blinbox staff of his […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Will Ennett, TalkTalk

Name: Will Ennett Title: Head of pay TV content, TalkTalk Former Blinkbox and Viasat buyer Will Ennett joined UK telco TalkTalk a year ago as head of pay TV content, a role that sees him strike deals for the TalkTalk TV pay service, which is available through internet TV service YouView. He becomes the first […]

Starz launches Power on Amazon and iTunes in the UK

Starz has launched its drama series Power on various electronic sell through platforms in the UK. The series, which was co-created by Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, launched earlier this month on premium cable net Starz in the US. The company’s digital division, Starz Digital Media, has now licensed the show to Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, […]

Multi-studio deal brings back Blinkbox programme trial

Blinkbox has signed deals with nine distributors as it brings back its ‘Try TV on Us’ trial programme. The UK VOD service last year launched the free sample by offering single episodes of programmes for free in a bid to hook in new customers. It has now scored deals with All3Media, BBC Worldwide, Entertainment One, […]

Tesco’s Blinkbox takes on Lovefilm, Netlflix in autumn offensive

Blinkbox is taking on Netflix and Lovefilm with its biggest ever marketing campaign. The UK streaming and electronic sell through service is owned by Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. The autumn marketing push, launched today, highlights the Blinkbox content line-up against that of SVOD services Lovefilm and Netflix. Blinkbox says it has ten times more […]

Blinkbox offers free eps of US series in try-before-you-buy push

UK streaming service Blinkbox will offer consumers free episodes of US TV series in a marketing push it has dubbed ‘try TV on us’. Blinkbox, which is owned by UK retailer Tesco, is an electronic sell through service but has inked deals with major US studios Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. and HBO […]

Blinkbox gets Game of Thrones boost

Tesco-owned video-on-demand store Blinkbox said it saw a 632% year-on-year increase in revenues on Monday after it added season three of HBO drama Game of Thrones to its service. The revenue lift came as the latest Game of Thrones series went live on the service months ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release, with a […]

blinkbox snaps up new Game of Thrones

UK online video store blinkbox has become the first digital platform to secure rights to season three of HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. The series joins other HBO shows such as True Blood, Band of Brothers and The Sopranos available without a subscription via the blinkbox service. Game of Thrones runs on UK pay […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Douglas Davis, Blinkbox

Douglas Davis is in LA this week attending the Screenings for the first time. Davis oversees buying activity across UK electronic sell through service Blinkbox as well as for the recently launched free to view Clubcard TV service from Tesco, the UK retail giant that owns Blinkbox. As the number of digital buyers heading to […]

Sky leads UK catch-up TV market, Netflix leads VOD

Sky’s catch-up service is now the “most comprehensive in the UK”, according to digital media consultancy Decipher. In its quarterly audit of VOD on the major UK DTV platforms and OTT services, Decipher named Sky as leader in the catch-up space both in the number of channels it has and in its unique assets. However, […]