Jonathan Broughton


UK video spend ‘grew by 7.5% in 2017’

UK consumer spend on video grew for the third consecutive year in 2017, climbing 7.5% to reach £2.69 billion (US$3.65 billion), according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The combined figure included video sales, rentals and subscriptions across digital and physical formats, and showed that renting or streaming content now outweighs buying by […]

SVOD revenues to reach $35bn by 2021

Subscription on-demand-services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix will generate annual revenues of US$34.6 billion by 2021, according to Juniper Research. The Digital TV & Video: Network and OTT Strategies 2016-2021 report reveals SVOD revenues this year will be US$14.6 billion, and SVOD operators will soon see “substantial returns on their expansion and growth strategies” […]

Netflix ‘still the benchmark’ despite falter

Netflix remains “the benchmark for its rivals” despite its poor second quarter financial results, according to analysts. Paolo Pescatore at CCS Insight said this was the case and that the streaming giant traditionally struggles in Q2 because of seasonal trends. He added that he expected “the outlook to remain challenging owing to competition, the 2016 Olympic Games and […]

Amazon Direct Video is ‘serious threat’ to Netflix

Amazon’s new video platform could be a “serious threat” to Netflix and other SVOD platforms, according to IHS Technology. This is because Amazon Direct Video’s free-market approach “enables the discovery of new talent and cult content, which has previously proven so valuable to these kinds of services”, said IHS Technology’s senior analyst for home entertainment, […]