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Amazon, Atresmedia team on Spanish comedy series

Amazon and Atresmedia Studios, Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia’s arm aimed to produce content for third-party operators, have teamed on Javier Veiga’s comedy series Pequeñas coincidencias  (Little Coincidences). The deal gives Amazon Prime Video world premiere and SVOD rights to offer the series before Atresmedia’s channels family releases it for the Spanish free-to-air TV market. Atresmedia Studios launched […]

BBC must ‘change faster’ to compete with global players, says Purnell

The BBC needs to “change faster” in order to reach more young people and compete against powerful online video and audio providers like Netflix and Spotify, according to James Purnell. Speaking at the EBU’s ‘Truth and Power’ conference this week, the BBC’s director of radio and education said that the BBC’s goal is not to […]

Over 85% of US millennials subscribe to OTT, says Parks

More than 85% of millennials in US broadband houses subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) video service from providers like Netflix or Amazon, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that more than 25% of millennials subscribe to three or more OTT services and more than 50% subscribe to at least two. “Overall […]

Apple orders first international series from Canal +

Apple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal + French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network. The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing […]

Instagram launches video service IGTV

Instagram has formally launched its rumoured, long-form, vertical video service, IGTV. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service described IGTV as Instagram’s “most exciting feature to date” and the beginning of “a new chapter of video on Instagram. Users able to access IGTV through a standalone app or within the Instagram app itself. Videos appear in full-screen […]

SVOD platforms drive £902m in UK TV export sales

Streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix accounted for a quarter (£225 million) of UK TV export sales, which reached £902 million ($1.1 billion) between 2016/17, according to a report from Pact. The report, produced in partnership with BBC Studios, ITV Studios and DIT, showed that US sales were £335 million making it the UK’s […]

Hulu chief discusses keeping up with Netflix

Hulu is unlikely to try and keep up with Netflix’s huge commitment to original content, despite a shake-up of its ownership structure owing to major media mergers, according to CEO Randy Freer. In an interview with CNBC, Freer said that Hulu will probably make “20 or 25” shows next year. Netflix by comparison has pledged to […]

Netflix picks up Emporium’s World’s Toughest Prisons

Netflix has ordered Emporium Productions Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, due to premiere this month. The factual series follows ex-prisoner and journalist Raphael Rowe as he immerses himself in prison activity at a range of locations. His journey takes him to Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine and Belize, where he discovers a world of extreme […]

SPT makes first streaming move in Western Europe

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is expanding into OTT in Western Europe for the first time by launching Film1, its premium pay movie service, in the Netherlands. Film1 will deliver exclusive, first run films via a new OTT service where customers can watch over three hundred films on-demand, direct to a screen whenever it suits […]

YouTube Premium launches across 17 territories

YouTube Premium, the rebranded YouTube Red service, will now be available in 17 countries including Canada and the UK. The service offers members YouTube’s music service, plus an ad-free experience and downloads across all of the platform. YouTube Premium members also get access to the full slate of YouTube original shows and movies including hit […]

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