SVOD


Reports: Apple targets spring launch for video service

Apple is reportedly planning to launch its much-anticipated video streaming service this spring, offering original programming as well as subscription TV services from a range of partners. CNBC reported this week said that Apple is in the final stages of preparing its video service and is aiming to launch it in April or early May. […]

Berlinale: Pluto TV’s focus on “long-form, niche content” will take on Netflix

Pluto TV’s managing director for Europe, Olivier Jollet, has said that the business will take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon by serving niche audiences and focusing on long-form content made for linear television, during Berlinale’s Drama Series Days event. Jollet expanded on why Viacom boss Bob Bakish has said that its $340m acquisition […]

Berlinale: Amazon will look for “more curation” than competitors

Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke has said that while the business has become a global home for talent, it is looking for “more curation” than its competitors, during a press conference for new drama Hanna at the Berlinale Series. Salke, who inherited Hanna when she joined as head of Amazon Studios this time last year, says she has spent […]

TCAs: Hulu, WarnerMedia execs lift lid on streaming future

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

HBO launches in Portugal as SVOD offering

HBO has launched in Portugal via SVOD offering. The Game of Thrones cabler is now available via standalone website, and accessible through a range of smartphones, tablets and devices, including Android, Chromecast and Apple TV. It is also available to Vodafone Portugal customers via TV Vodafone. The service costs €4.99 ($5.60) per month following a free […]

British royalty SVOD debuts on Comcast’s Xfinity platform

A niche SVOD offering around British royal programming has launched om Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform. True Royalty TV launched last June as a standalone service in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; however, its debut on Comcast’s service marks one of the first instances of a UK-based SVOD service being made available […]

UK Screenings: BBC Studios’ new chapter for Showcase

President of global markets Paul Dempsey tells TBI how the annual Showcase event has evolved, and how the merged producer-distributor is navigating the new content landscape This year’s Showcase is, in many ways, a landmark year for the UK’s public service broadcaster, which will, for the first time, welcome more than 700 buyers to Liverpool […]

TCAs: CuriosityStream, Nat Geo, BritBox unveil slates

CuriosityStream finds Speed with Arrow  Media Factual SVOD CuriosityStream – which made its debut at the TCAs this year – has commissioned four-part series Speed from Arrow Media. The series covers engineering breakthroughs that have transformed how fast we can travel on land, in water, through air and into space. The programme spans the 1801 invention of […]

MGM launches streamer Epix Now

MGM is getting into the streaming game with the launch of SVOD Epix Now.  The streaming service is linked to MGM-owned Epix, and will feature the cable channel’s library of programming and films. Priced at $5.99 per month, the platform will also feature all four of Epix’s linear live channels. New customers can subscribe directly from devices such […]

Viacom: Pluto TV will be a “true game changer”

Viacom’s acquisition of ad-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV will be a “game changer” for the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy, according to the studio’s CEO Bob Bakish, and will play a key role in the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy both domestically and internationally, with the launch of a Spanish-language service planned in the near term. Speaking to […]

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