Curiosity launches FAST channel via TV set manufacturer LG

Factual outfit Curiosity has launched a free, ad-supported streaming channel via a partnership with TV manufacturer LG. Curiosity Now will offer original and curated documentaries, shows and series across nature, history, science and travel genres. Programming on offer includes Ancient Engineering, The Secret Lives of Big Cats, Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, Myths & Monsters and […]

Exclusive: Shorts Int’l expands European FAST channels with LG deal

AMC Networks-backed Shorts International has struck a deal with LG to continue its European FAST channel expansion. The companies have inked a new platform deal to place ShortsTV short film network channels on LG Smart TV’s, initially in the UK, Italy and Spain. The channels, under the ‘Shorts’ (UK and Italy) and ‘Cortos’ (Spain) brands, […]

Google launches Daydream VR service

Google has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps. The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel […]

Netflix eyes Italy, Spain launches

Netflix will launch in Italy later this year, according to TBI sources, while a local report is claiming a Spanish debut will come around the same time. The streaming service has committed to launching its platform globally within the next two years, and Iberia and Italy look set to make up a new round of debuts. […]

Netflix aims for ‘superior internet TV’

Netflix is partnering with electronics makers to put ‘Netflix Recommended TV’ logos on smart TVs, in a bid to help shoppers choose televisions that are “built for a superior internet TV experience”. The smart TV evaluation program is designed to identify TVs that will provide an “excellent Netflix experience”, with manufacturers able to highlight products […]

Wuaki launches new 4K smart TV app, preps France launch

Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched a new smart TV app with 4K ultra high definition support and an updated user interface. The app will be shown for the first time at German consumer electronics trade show, IFA, in the coming days, and will be demoed on smart TVs by Wuaki partners LG […]

Wuaki: browser streaming will die out

Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has predicted the death of browser-based streaming in the next two years, thanks to content being streamed directly to smart TVs and connected devices. Since Wuaki introduced native apps for smart TVs made by the likes of LG, Samsung and Panasonic, it claims to have seen a massive 65% […]

Sony closing Crackle streaming service in the UK

Sony Pictures Television is closing its online channel Crackle in the UK at the end of the month. Users clicking through to the site today were met with a message that read: “We’d like to thank all those who have supported and enjoyed Crackle UK. As of April 1, 2014 Crackle’s UK service will no […]

‘Russian Netflix’ hits 19 million monthly uniques

Russian online video streaming service Ivi.ru claimed it exceeded 19 million monthly unique visitors for the first time in the firsthalf of 2013. Announcing half yearly figures, the VOD service, dubbed the ‘Russian Netflix’, said that visitor numbers were up from 10.7 million monthly uniques in the first half of 2012. Registered users were also […]

New OTT platform launches, plans Euro roll out

A new over-the-top service, Magine, has launched in Sweden this week and plans to offer a bouquet of channels for a low cost in at least five European territories before the end of the year. Unlike many of the other OTT services, Magine is not seeking to ink programming deals with the studios and other […]