Starz adds Spotify to TV Everywhere app

Starz has done a deal with Spotify that will allow users of its updated premium app to access music from the premium cabler’s shows. Starz playlists will be added to Spotify meanwhile, as part of the agreement. The music available on Spotify will come from Starz original series including 50 Cent-produced show Power (pictured). There […]

UK gov’t: streaming services up, piracy down

A “steep rise” in the use of streaming services like Netflix and Spotify has coincided with a decline in online copyright infringement, according to UK government research. The Intellectual Property Office-commissioned report claims that 52% of internet users now use streaming services to consumer content online and notes there has been a “small but significant” […]

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 […]

Report: Amazon prepares music streaming service

Amazon is reportedly preparing a standalone music streaming service, in a move that promises to further expand its existing entertainment options. According to a Reuters report, the Spotify and Apple Music-rivalling service will cost US$9.99 per month and will likely launch towards the end of summer or early autumn with label deals currently being finalised. […]

Spotify launches slate of originals

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 12-strong slate of original programmes. The new shows are all focused on music and pop culture, and come as the company moves more heavily into video. It said last year it would offer programming alongside its core music content and earlier this year made content from ESPN, Comedy […]

Report: Apple starts work on first original

Apple has reportedly started work on its first original TV series, with plans to launch the show through its subscription streaming site, Apple Music. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six-episode drama series, called Vital Signs, will star rapper, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr Dre, and will be “semi-autobiographical”. The dark series is now in […]

Spotify begins video rollout

Spotify has begun rolling out video content on the music streaming service in partnership with major media brands like the BBC and Vice Media. As of this week, Shows on Spotify is being introduced on the music service’s Android app, with an iOS launch to follow next week. The programming will initially go live in […]

Netflix will pass on cost of cloud tax

Netflix has said it will pass on the cost of the ‘cloud tax’ that will come into force in Chicago later this year to its subscribers. The 9% tax, which will be levied on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify but not download-to-own services such as iTunes, was approved approved by City authorities last […]

Spotify makes UK and US TV move

A new video platform from on-demand music app Spotify will run content from a variety of UK and US distributors. Spotify is positioning itself as a wider entertainment proposition and will package clips and full episodes of television programming that will sit alongside the core music streaming service. Deals have been closed with the likes of […]

MTG creates digital hub in VOD drive

Modern Times Group is to create a new ‘digital hub’ to accelerate the pace of its innovation and expansion into digital distribution. The new unit, MTGx, will he headed by MTG executive VP and chief digital officer Rikard Steiber. The division will be charged with developing video-on-demand experiences, building a portfolio of new entertainment services […]