Data: US content dominates Euro VOD slates

American films and TV shows dominate the catalogues of Europe’s transactional and subscription VOD services, stats from the European Audiovisual Observatory show. A new study revealed 61% of TVOD catalogues and 67% of SVOD libraries are US-created films, with European content accounting for 25% and 20% respectively. Internationally acquired content represented 14% of TVOD catalogues […]

Netflix subs bundling other streaming services

One in five US streaming subscribers now pay for three or more services, with investment in original content increasingly cited as a key reason for signing up, according to a report by 451 Research. According to 451 Research’s quarterly Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) survey, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three or […]

Channel 4 lands Michael Moore’s Trump doc

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired Michael Moore in Trumpland, the new feature doc from the titular filmmaker. In Trumpland, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine filmmaker Moore takes his one-man show, which is broadly anti-Trump, into Ohio, the Republican presidential candidate’s heartland with the stated mission to ‘make America sane again’. The film is […]

Nat Geo’s DiCaprio doc free on-demand and mobile

National Geographic will release Leonardo DiCaprio-produced eco-doc Before the Flood for free on numerous on-demand and mobile platforms, to coincide with its linear launch this weekend. The film, which is produced by DiCaprio and exec produced by Martin Scorsese, seeks to put climate change high up the agenda ahead of the US presidential election. It […]

First Arab drama launches on iTunes

Arab TV and film content is on iTunes for the first time after Arab Telemedia added a raft of content to Apple’s online store. Jordan-based producer and distributor Arab Telemedia has added 44 series and features to the iTunes Store The company said it decided to launch the content on iTunes in the wake of […]

Under the bonnet of the new Top Gear

Top Gear is the biggest factual TV show in the world, and one of the biggest earners for BBC Worldwide. So UK pubcaster the BBC and its commercial arm had good cause to be concerned when its star presenter Jeremy Clarkson hit one of the production team, starting a chain of events that saw him […]

Hasbro titles go digital with MoMedia

Transformers: Rescue Bots and G.I Joe: Renegades will go out through digital and VOD distributor MoMedia after it secured a deal with Hasbro Studios. MoMedia is to repackage and distribute Hasbro Studios television titles for TVOD platforms worldwide, excluding the US, Australia and New Zealand. Transformers: Rescue Bots (pictured) and G.I. Joe: Renegades are the […]

Netflix will pass on cost of cloud tax

Netflix has said it will pass on the cost of the ‘cloud tax’ that will come into force in Chicago later this year to its subscribers. The 9% tax, which will be levied on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify but not download-to-own services such as iTunes, was approved approved by City authorities last […]

Tricon takes LEG comedies digital

A pair of Tricon Films & Television-distributed comedies have launched across a wave of digital platforms in the US. Erik Rivera: I’m No Expert and Gina Brillon: Pacifically Speaking both go out on US cable net NuvoTV and will now launch on the iTunes and Amazon stores. They will also be available on other digital platforms including PlayStation […]

USA launching Mr. Robot on free digital platforms

USA Network is launching the debut episode of its new drama series Mr. Robot on numerous digital platforms ahead of its linear bow. The pilot to the new show will be available on iTunes, Amazon, XBOX, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, M-GO and YouTube on May 27. The pilot from the series, which follows a young […]

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