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NBCU’s Peacock fans out onto Roku after extended negotiations

A little more than two months after launching Peacock, NBCUniversal’s parent company Comcast has reached a distribution agreement with Roku. Roku and NBCU had been locked in a tense war of words which threatened dozens of the latter’s apps on the platform, but they have evidently come to an agreement. Central to the conflict was […]

Exclusive: Roku strikes Endemol Shine AVOD deals in US, UK

Ad-supported streamer Roku has struck a slew of new deals with Endemol Shine Group (ESG) that cover both the US and UK. ESG is rolling out three channels in the US via Roku, with Reel Truth Crime, DIY Daily and Wipeout Xtra all becoming available via The Roku Channel. Specialist true crime brand Reel Truth […]

Roku unveils new ‘live TV guide’ and slew of channels from A+E, ABC

Ad-supported streamer Roku is moving further to replicate live TV by launching an on-screen channel guide and expanding its roster of curated networks in the US. Roku, which launched AVOD service the Roku Channel in the UK last month, has rolled out channels covering an array of genres including lifestyle, kids, news and sports. Offerings […]

US overtakes China as home of AVOD, with global spending to top $53bn by 2025

The US has overtaken China to become the biggest spender on AVOD services, with global spending set to more than double by 2025. Global AVOD expenditure is predicted to double to more than $53bn by 2025, according to the latest findings from Digital TV Research, which also reported that China’s spending had dropped by 8.9% […]

DocuBay launches on Roku in US and Europe

Factual streamer DocuBay has launched on Roku devices in the US and Europe. The SVOD is now available on streaming devices produced by the vendor on the Roku Channel Store in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and France. DocuBay offers a premium range of documentary films including HD and 4K titles across […]

Exclusive: AVOD streamers could offer ‘first window, exclusive’ potential

Almost a third of distributors believe advertising-funded (AVOD) streamers could become buyers of first window and exclusive rights to finished programming, according to the findings from a newly released survey. The Future Of TV Program Rights In An On-Demand World report, produced by analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, found that 32% of respondents believe AVOD […]

Fox Corp completes $440m deal for AVOD streamer Tubi

Fox Corp has completed its $440m acquisition of AVOD streamer Tubi, which was first announced last month. The ‘new Fox’, headed up by Lachlan Murdoch and born out of Disney’s $71bn acquisition of 20th Century Fox, has financed the deal with proceeds from the sale of its stake in fellow streamer Roku. When the Tubi […]

AVOD service Roku Channel launched into UK

Roku has launched its AVOD service, the Roku Channel, in the UK with an offering that includes more than 10,000 TV episodes, documentaries and movies. Roku has launched the service, which is available without a subscription or login, after striking deals with more than 40 content partners including All3Media International, EndemolShine Group, FilmRise and DRG, […]

AVOD poses “existential threat” to broadcast, says Endemol Shine sales boss

AVOD companies such as Tubi, Roku and Pluto TV pose an “existential threat” to the future of traditional broadcasters, according to Endemol Shine International sales boss Matt Creasey. Ad-supported streamers have rapidly emerged as a key partner for major distributors over the past 12 months, with companies such as Endemol Shine able to effectively monetise […]

Acorn TV expands distribution partnerships to Apple, Amazon

Acorn TV has grown its distribution footprint, expanding to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and Android TV. The AMC-owned SVOD – which is focused on British programming and international drama – is now available on Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, Roku Channel, Amazon Channels Canada and Android TV. For Apple, customers in the […]

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