SVOD


TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from Netflix’s Q1 results

Netflix beat expectations all round for its first quarter results of 2019, drawing $4.52bn for Q1 and 9.6m new members, but here are five tidbits you might have missed from its earnings call with the streamer’s bosses. Disney is welcome competition Netflix boss Reed Hastings was keen to emphasise that new competition only makes the […]

My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

Roku launches the Olympic Channel

Roku is set to launch the Olympic Channel on its platform, which will include exclusive footage around various sports.  The channel will include a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content. The Olympic Channel will also offer exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage and key athletes. Highlights […]

Arte plots VOD service with ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, president of Arte France, outlining […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

Netflix promises greater transparency after beating earnings expectations

Netflix bosses have promised to reveal more data around the viewership of its programming after reporting a 22% revenue rise for Q1, 2019. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the streamer would be rolling out more specific and granular data over the next few months, “First to our producers, then our members, and of course, […]

‘Game Of Thrones’ smashes records as HBO bosses contemplate spin-offs

The series eight premiere of Game Of Thrones on Sunday (14 April) smashed ratings records for US cable channel HBO and UK pay-TV operator Sky.  The drama, which returned after an almost two-year break for its final series on HBO, captured 17.4m across the linear channel, catch-up service HBO Go and domestic SVOD platform HBO […]

Iflix strikes strategic partnership with Foxxum

Asian streaming outfit Iflix and smart TV technology specialist Foxxum have struck an agreement to make the Iflix app available on all Foxxum-enabled devices in key markets including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The partnership will see tailored versions of Iflix’s app, offering previews, hand-picked recommendations and features like Movie of the Day and a dedicated […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Disney+ unveils price point, two-year global expansion

Disney has given investors a first glimpse into its new SVOD service, which is to launch on 12 November with a “rapid” global expansion planned within the next two years. The Mouse House’s long-anticipated Investor Day in Burbank, California, included extensive presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+ and Disney+ from execs including chairman and CEO Bob […]

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