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‘Russian Netflix’ hits 19 million monthly uniques

Russian online video streaming service Ivi.ru claimed it exceeded 19 million monthly unique visitors for the first time in the firsthalf of 2013. Announcing half yearly figures, the VOD service, dubbed the ‘Russian Netflix’, said that visitor numbers were up from 10.7 million monthly uniques in the first half of 2012. Registered users were also […]

Samsung acquires web TV firm Boxee

Samsung has acquired US and Israel-based web TV service Boxee in a deal rumoured to be worth US$30 million. Boxee, which was founded in 2007 and released its first web-streaming set-top box in 2010, said in a statement that its team would be joining Samsung and would work on products “that marry the best hardware […]

New OTT platform launches, plans Euro roll out

A new over-the-top service, Magine, has launched in Sweden this week and plans to offer a bouquet of channels for a low cost in at least five European territories before the end of the year. Unlike many of the other OTT services, Magine is not seeking to ink programming deals with the studios and other […]

Spotify plans push into TV

Internet-powered music service Spotify is planning to make a bigger push into the living room, with more smart TV apps and set-top deployments in the works. Speaking to TBI-sister title DTVE ahead of his keynote panel discussion at TV Connect, Spotify’s global head of platform partnerships, Pascal De Mul, said that the firm was “was […]

Rovio unveils Angry Birds TV, VOD launch plan

The long awaited Angry Birds Toons series has secured carriage on 14 broadcasters and a number of online and digital platforms ahead of its launch later this week. TV industry insiders have long been waiting to discover the identities of the channels that will launch the short-form Rovio Entertainment property, which is based on the […]

New launches for Crackle

Sony has inked deals with several smart TV manufacturers and its online TV channel Crackle will launch on LG, Samsung and Vizio connected sets. It will also launch on Samsung Blu-ray players. The streaming service and channel is already available via Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players. “The penetration of IP-connected TVs and Blu-ray players […]

Samsung unveils new Smart TVs, chooses Red Bee for discovery

Consumer electronics giant Samsung is using the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to unveil a range of new features to its Smart TV platform, designed to enable intelligent navigation and discovery of content. Samsung’s key innovations for CES include Smart Hub and S-recommendation with voice interaction. The former comprises a five-panel user […]

MTG launches Viaplay download service

International broadcast group Modern Times Group has added a download function to its Viaplay OTT services. It has also launched the service on the PlayStation 3 games console. The new ‘Download-to-go’ service makes Viaplay content available to download for a period of 30 days on devices running the Apple iOS operating system. The Viaplay service […]