Amazon to shut down Lovefilm in UK & Germany

Amazon is calling time on its Lovefilm-branded DVD-by-post service later this year, citing declining demand and shifting viewing habits. Amazon will close its Lovefilm By Post business on October 31, 2017 in both the UK and Germany – the two markets where the DVD and Blu-ray rental service is available. “We have very much enjoyed […]

ProSieben shuffle hands MacKenzie Maxdome job

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has instigated a high-level restructure of its digital division, handing former Sky and Lovefilm exec Lesley MacKenzie the CEO role at Maxdome. She replaces the former boss of the SVOD service, Andreas Heyden, who is leaving the company. The overall ‘digital and adjacent’ unit at ProSieben will continue to be run by […]

Amazon resurrects Ripper Street

Amazon’s UK streaming service is resurrecting Ripper Street, the period crime drama that UK public broadcaster the BBC recently cancelled. However, the BBC and Amazon have now agreed to co-fund a third season of the show and it will debut on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK (fka Lovefilm). US cable channel […]

Amazon rebrands Lovefilm in UK and Germany

Amazon is replicating its SVOD offering in the UK and Germany, rebranding Lovefilm to Prime Instant Video and rolling it into its Amazon Prime delivery service. With the move, Amazon is combining its existing Lovefilm Instant subscription video-on-demand service with Amazon Prime, which gives members unlimited free one-day delivery on more than 7 million physical […]

Amazon Studios originals land with Sony

Sony Pictures Television will sell Amazon Studios-produced originals internationally, TBI has learned. SPT already sells Netflix’s original series House of Cards and the Amazon deal positions it as the distributor of choice for the SVOD platforms. Amazon has commissioned a raft of original programming, which it tests in pilot form with Amazon customers before launching […]

Warner Bros. toons for Lovefilm Germany

Lovefilm’s German SVOD service had added classic cartoon such as Tom and Jerry and The Sylvester and Tweety Show. Under terms of a deal struck with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Lovefilm is also adding superhero shows Batman: The Brave And The Bold and Superman, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, The Flintstones and a comic adaptation of Tim […]

ProSieben hands former Sky, Lovefilm exec digital role

Lesley Mackenzie, the former group digital officer of streaming site Lovefilm, has landed a role overseeing German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s digital operations. Mackenzie will lead a slate of assets including on-demand video sites Maxdome and Studio71 as executive VP of ProSieben’s E-Entertainment division. Mackenzie left Amazon-owned Lovefilm in 2012 and has since held consultancy roles […]

Lovefilm snags more Vikings

Amazon’s UK streaming service Lovefilm has bought rights to season two of drama series Vikings. The deal gives Lovefilm exclusive rights to the show and the agreement mean it will bypass free-to-air television in the first instance. It will latterly play on the History pay TV channel in the UK at an as yet undisclosed […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

Amazon pledges to make all originals in 4K

Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of the online shopping giant, has pledged to shoot all of its full original series next year in Ultra HD, also known as 4K. Amazon said the decision would apply to all new pilots and series that it films in 2014 and will include both comedy […]

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