TBI Weekly: What lies beyond the SVOD horizon?

Netflix’s plummeting share price has underlined the fragility of an SVOD-only model and already fed through to content cuts – even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry couldn’t avoid the swinging axe as the streamer looks to slash spending. Yet while Netflix gets to grips with “the complexity of advertising”, it’s been clear to many for some time now […]

Roku & Apollo team for minority stake bid on Lionsgate’s Starz

Roku has partnered with private equity firm, and former Endemol Shine co-owner, Apollo Global Management to bid for a minority stake in US pay-TV and streaming service Starz. Lionsgate, which owns Starz, revealed in November that it was considering selling or spinning off the service, which is home to dramas such as Outlander and Power. […]

Roku Channel & Lionsgate strike far-reaching content pact

Roku has signed a major content deal with Lionsgate to fuel its AVOD platform The Roku Channel. The multi-year theatrical output deal will see Lionsgate films beginning with the studio’s 2022 theatrical releases make their way to The Roku Channel following their first window on Starz. The agreement includes titles such as upcoming releases John […]

Roku expands originals with Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Maven & All3’s Lime

AVOD operator Roku is expanding its originals push with three new unscripted shows in the works. Social experiment show The Marriage Pact and eight-part matchmaking series Match Me In Miami are joined by unscripted feature, To Paris For Love: A Reality ‘Rom Com’, from Reece Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Zoe Saldaña’s Cinestar Pictures. The trio […]

China’s iQiyi links with Roku for North American expansion

Chinese streaming service iQiyi has launched on Roku in North America. The iQiyi channel provides subscribers with access to a library of Chinese drama and comedy series, along with content from Korea and other markets across Asia. The streamer also said that some episodes selected dramas including Oh My Lord, Sassy Beauty and Nothing But […]

Exclusive: AVOD set to boom with $259bn annual revenue by 2025

AVOD streamers are set to flourish over the next three years and will hit revenues of almost $260bn by 2025, according to to the latest research from analysis powerhouse Omdia. The findings, revealed to TBI ahead of a session at Series Mania on Thursday, reveal that while SVOD revenues will not come near to overtaking global […]

Roku hires ITV America’s chief creative officer to lead originals

ITV America’s chief creative officer David Eilenberg is joining Roku to lead its originals push. Eilenberg has been confirmed as head of original content at the AVOD and FAST streamer, in a move that marks the latest expansion of Roku’s original strategy. He will join in April and will report to Rob Holmes, VP of […]

Roku Channel takes ABC Australia drama ‘The Newsreader’ for US debut

Roku has acquired Australian drama The Newsreader as a Roku Channel exclusive for its US debut. The series will launch on the US AVOD service on 18 March as a Roku Original, following a deal with distributor Entertainment One. Set in the 1986 and centered around the frantic world of broadcast news, The Newsreader (which is TBI’s […]

Roku platform boss Scott Rosenberg to depart

Scott Rosenberg, SVP and GM of platform business at US-based tech and streaming service Roku, is to step down this spring. Rosenberg led both the launch of The Roku Channel and spearheaded the company’s move into content, including the acquisition of more than 75 shows from defunct short-form streamer Quibi, including scripted titles Die Hart and […]

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