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EU moves ahead with controversial content plan

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing controversial new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s […]

Seasonal OTT subs likely to churn

The number of OTT subs in key markets continues to increase at a healthy rate with an uptick expected over the upcoming Christmas period. Half of the seasonal sign-ups will, however, churn, according new research. Billing company Paywizard surveys consumers in six key international markets – Australia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, the US and the UK […]

BBC SVOD drama First in Hong Kong

The premium BBC First drama service has launched as an SVOD proposition in Hong Kong. The BBC First service will launch via the Now TV service in Hong Kong, the largest pay TV platform in the territory. Shows on the premium SVOD service include Doctor Who spin-off Class (pictured), Amazon and BBC Worldwide fashion drama […]

West Europe SVOD spend to reach €3bn – IHS

Total spending on subscription on-demand services in western Europe reached €2 billion (US$2.2 billion) last year, with another €1 billion expected on that number by year-end, new research claims. IHS Markit predicts the €3 billion mark will be reached before 2017 as services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV expand their offers […]

Game of Thrones wins ratings crown on Now TV

Game of Thrones has proved the most successful TV show “by far” on Sky’s four-year old over-the-top service Now TV, IBC delegates heard over the weekend. Speaking on a panel named ‘What do audiences really want? The truth about changing TV consumption’, Now TV’s strategy and proposition director, James Alexander, said while some individual movies […]

Sky eyeing Spanish Now TV launch

Sky is planning to reportedly expand its presence in more European markets, kicking off with the launch of a version of its Now TV online service in Spain. According to the Sunday Telegraph, Sky sees the launch of Now TV in Spain, where the service is expected be offered for €10 (US$11.17) a month, as […]

Netflix is most popular UK on-demand service

Netflix is by far the most popular paid-for video-on-demand service in the UK, and is increasing its lead, while BBC iPlayer is the most used among all VOD services, according to the latest edition of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report. According to the survey, 23% of UK adults used Stranger Things network Netflix on average each […]

Sky Germany, Italy will ‘always trail UK’

Despite Sky’s bullish assumptions about the potential for pay TV growth in Germany and Italy, neither market “will ever be as profitable or successful as in the UK because the market structure in those two territories is different”, according to an analyst note by Berenberg. Issuing a ‘sell’ recommendation on Sky, Berenberg said that consensus […]

Sky launches contract-free, triple-play Now TV box

Sky’s standalone digital service Now TV has launched what it claims is the UK’s first contract-free triple play bundle – offering TV, broadband and call bundles. The Now TV Combo is due to launch next month alongside the latest generation of the Roku-powered Now TV Smart Box – which includes a new homepage and frequently […]

Sky unveils revamped, hybrid Now TV box

Sky will launch a new Roku-powered Now TV box later this year, giving users access to live linear TV channels for the first time, alongside on-demand content. The revamped, hybrid set-top box will let Now TV customers access more than 60 live, free-to-air TV channels – as well Now TV’s on-demand packages of content and […]