Comcast taking on YouTube with Watchable

US cable provider Comcast is reportedly gearing up to launch a major new digital video platform called Watchable in an effort to take on the likes of YouTube. According to a Business Insider report, Comcast is planning to launch the service in the coming weeks and is partnering with digital publishers like Buzzfeed, Awesomeness TV […]

Kilar’s Vessel to operate on Android

The online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar has launched in beta on Android devices. To this point the service has only been available on iOS-operated Apple devices and via its website, but has now added a Vessel Android app.The app has launched in beta, and is now available to download. The service […]

Hopster strikes DreamWorks deal, preps launches

Hopster has struck a programming deal with DreamWorks and is about to launch on Android. The kids OTT service is currently available in the UK and Ireland, but has picked up multi-territory right to the DreamWorks fare and, following a successful funding round, is expected to roll out in new territories in the first half […]

LoveFilm launches on iPhone

Amazon-owned subscription video-on-demand service LoveFilm has launched a version of its streaming app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The launch marks the first time that the LoveFilm Instant service has been available on these mobile devices, though the iOS app was already available for Apple iPads. LoveFilm said the updated app features a new […]

iPlayer app downloaded 20 million times

The BBC’s iPlayer app has now been downloaded a total of more than 20 million times across iOS and Android devices, the corporation announced today. The BBC catch-up first went live online on Christmas Day 2007, with the dedicated iPlayer apps launching on iOS and Android in February 2011. The BBC said that the milestone […]

HBO, ESPN and Sky launch on Apple TV

HBO, ESPN, Sky News and other content providers have launched on Apple’s TV service. The deals mean that HBO Go subscribers can watch content from the service on connected devices via Apple TV settops. The WatchESPN service allows Apple TV owners to watch sport video content from the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 channels. Consumers […]

Viewpoint: bringing a classic format into the digital era

DRG’s managing director, acquisitions and formats Andrea Jackson on how classic UK gameshow Catch Phrase was rebooted for a 2013 audience. Today’s tech savvy audiences are increasingly multi-screening and interacting with TV content in different ways, which means the opportunities for development and innovation are broader than ever before. At DRG, having a digital strategy […]

The Voice app launches

The BBC has launched a companion app for the second season of singing competition show The Voice. The Voice Predictor game, which is available now to download for iOS and Android, will build on the BBC’s recently launched Antiques Roadshow second screen app, and offer play-along and between-show games. The BBC said a ‘Team Predictor’ […]

Hulu launches Kids on subscription service

US streaming service Hulu has launched a dedicated kids section on its Hulu Plus premium service, following the lead of its rival Netflix. Hulu Kids launched yesterday and at launch showcased 43 of the children’s series available on the commercial-free Hulu Plus service. Titles include Thomas & Friends, Caillou and, following the agreement of a […]