Quickflix China acquisition off

Struggling Australian SVOD service Quickflix has called off its planned acquisition of an unnamed Chinese media firm. The deal, first revealed to shareholders of the listed company earlier this month, was designed to aid recovery at Quickflix, which has found the Australian subscription on-demand market tough since rival services Netflix, Presto and Stan launched. However, […]

EzyFlix shuts as Netflix dominates

Australian streaming service EzyFlix has shut down as competition heats up in the fiercely competitive Australian market. A message was posted on the EzyFlix website yesterday explaining that the service’s backers, Access Digital Entertainment, have decided to shut it. No reason was given, but with Foxtel-backed Presto, Nine Network-backed Stan and independent players such as Quickflix […]

Stan scores ‘significant’ Warner Bros. deal

Australia on-demand service Stan has secured an exclusive content deal with Warner Bros. that it described as its “most significant since launch”. The licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution hands Stan exclusive SVOD rights to CW procedural iZombie (pictured), NBC’s comic book adaptation Constantine, Karen Gillan comedy Selfie and Cristin Miloti-starrer A to […]

Netflix drives Oz SVOD to 2m

There are now two million SVOD subs in Australia, with the launches of new service Netflix, Stan and Presto driving huge growth, according to new research. Australia-based tech analysis and research firm Telstye compiled the figures, reporting the two million active SVOD subs as of end-June. That compared with 315,000 at end-2014. Telstye added that […]

Stan feels Power, adds Ash

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has bought Starz series such as Power and the upcoming Ash Vs Evil Dead. The deal for the aforementioned shows and ballet drama Flesh & Bone are exclusive and represent a debut in the market for the trio. Stan made the first two episodes and all of season one of […]

Netflix undercuts the competition in Australia

Netflix launches in Australia tomorrow and in a fiercely competitive market has come in at a price-point below that of its rivals. The US-listed SVOD service is priced at A$8.99 a month (US$6.99) for the single user standard definition plan. A dual user sub is A$11.99 and the four-user 4K package is A$14.99. The base […]

Netflix secures Optus streaming pact

Ahead of its launch in Australia this month, Netflix has secured a carriage agreement with the country’s second-largest telecoms provider, Optus. The deal means Netflix, which offers exclusive shows such as Marco Polo (pictured), will be offered free of charge for six months to new and renewing Optus customers on some broadband and mobile plans. Prepaid […]

SBS, Stan partner for Tim Kring’s Dig

SBS and Stan have joined forces to acquire broadcast and subscription on-demand rights to Tim Kring’s latest US drama, Dig. SVOD platform Stan takes first window rights soon after episodes go out on USA Network in the US following a deal with distributor Keshet International. The 10-part show – from Keshet Broadcasting, Universal Cable Productions, […]

Watchdog okays Seven, Foxtel SVOD JV

Australian media regulators have given Seven Network the greenlight to acquire half of new streaming service Presto TV and launch a planned JV with Foxtel. Seven revealed its involvement in Presto last year in a joint announcement with pay TV operator Foxtel, but had not been officially given the go-ahead to own its 50% stake […]

Nine’s SVOD service nears 100,000 subs

Australian SVOD service Stan is on course to sign up 100,000 members just a month after its launch, according to one of its parent companies. Nine Entertainment Company said subscriber numbers were running between three and four months ahead of schedule, and that Stan was on track for more than 100,000 by mid-March. The platform, […]