NBCU owner Comcast eyes ViacomCBS or Roku deal, according to report

NBCUniversal (NBCU) owner Comcast is exploring a potential tie-up with US-based media giant rival ViacomCBS or AVOD operator Roku. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Comcast, whose NBCU division owns UK pay TV operator Sky, had considered a deal that would see it increase its streaming might by partnering with MTV and Showtime owner […]

TBI Weekly: How Roku growth is expanding opportunity

AVOD operator Roku this week ordered a second season of scripted series Die Hart, marking the first extension for one of its ‘original’ branded shows. Richard Middleton explores what’s next. Roku’s deal to acquire a library of programming from defunct shortform streamer Quibi last year pointed to an ambitious new strategy for one of the […]

Roku prepares to launch Quibi shows from mid-May

AVOD operator and device manufacturer Roku will roll out its recently acquired programming from now-defunct Quibi from 20 May. The launch line-up includes 30 titles, ranging from scripted IP such as Most Dangerous Game, Die Hart, #FreeRayshawn and Reno 911!, to documentaries including Blackballed, as well as alternative and reality programming such as Punk’d and Chrissy’s […]

Roku hits out at Google as YouTube TV dispute hots up

Roku has warned users that YouTube TV could disappear from their devices as its legal battle with Google gatherers pace. The streaming device maker published a statement on Monday in which Roku accuses Google of attempting to control the platform’s user experience. A spokesperson for Roku said: “Google is attempting to use its YouTube monopoly […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking OTT’s global revenue prospects

Streaming services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but research revealed today suggests an ongoing growth trajectory for OTT over the next five years, writes Richard Middleton. Netflix might have seen its global subscriber numbers disappoint last week but there seems little doubt that the wider industry trend towards streaming will only […]

Roku acquires complete ‘This Old House’ brand and assets

US-based AVOD operator Roku has bought the This Old House home improvement show franchise, including the 1,500+ episode library, two ongoing original series, the production studio and all related digital assets. Roku acquired TOH Intermediate Holdings, which owns the This Old House business, from TZP Group. As part of the deal, the franchise’s executive team will […]

TBI Weekly: How AVOD is starting to pull out the big guns

If it hadn’t been for the double-barrel effect of a global pandemic and the launch of streamers direct from US studios, then 2020 would likely have been seen as a major trigger point in AVOD’s evolution.    As it is, these services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but there are soon to […]

Fox’s AVOD Tubi explores originals, with $4m per episode budgets mooted

Fox Entertainment’s AVOD streamer Tubi is moving into original programming, with reports suggesting that up to $4m per episode could be available. Tubi, which was acquired by Fox for $440m in April 2020, has to date offered library content to US viewers with shows such as the broadcast network’s The Masked Singer being made available. […]

AVOD streamer Roku eyes more content deals after Quibi acquisitions

AVOD streamer The Roku Channel is looking to strike more content deals following the recent acquisition of shows from defunct streamer Quibi, after unveiling surging usage of its service. Roku, which manufactures devices as well as operating online networks, said that the reach of The Roku Channel had more than doubled in the past three months […]

Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than $100m’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi, which has been valued at less than $100m. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku […]

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