BBC, C4, ITV discuss service launch to combat Netflix

The BBC, Channel 4 (C4) and ITV have held discussions to join forces and create a streaming service that combats US giants Netflix and Amazon, according to reports. The Guardian has reported that the trio are currently in early-stage talks to launch the service, which may also involve US TV and film group NBC Universal. […]

France Télévisions, Rai, ZDF drama pact takes on Netflix

European public broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have unveiled the first projects to be developed under the rubric of an alliance announced yesterday at the Series Mania event in Lille to address the challenge posed by the likes of Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand providers. Earlier this week, France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte (pictured) […]

Netflix makes moves to meet EU’s SVOD quota

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has confirmed that the platform’s latest bid for €1bn investment in European content is in part to meet European content quotas laid out last month, during his keynote speech at Series Mania in Lille. EU bodies agreed that there should be a 30% quota of European works on Netflix-style services, last […]

Jay-Z to produce Meek Mill doc at Amazon

Amazon is set to feature a six-part documentary series that follows rapper Meek Mill as he reveals injustices of the US criminal justice system after his prison sentence, set to be produced by his rapper friend Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter. In November 2017, Meek Mill gained a two-to-four year prison sentence after he was captured […]

TBI Weekly: SVOD leaders lay out the year’s offensive

With Hulu revealing its latest plans and figures during its Upfronts presentation this week, it becomes the latest of the top SVOD platforms to lay out its impressive stats and offerings for 2018. Hulu revealed that is now has 20 million US subscribers as it laid out the year’s plans, which will include incorporating advertising […]

EU bodies agree 30% quota on SVOD services

The European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission have struck a preliminary deal on revisions to the audiovisual media services directive that will see new quotas imposed on subscription video-on-demand services. The new rules will include an obligation on OTT TV services, promoted by the Parliament, to respect a quota of 30% for European […]

BritBox platform unveils Royal Wedding plans

BritBox, the BBC Studios/ITV SVOD platform that targets North America, has announced plans to showcase the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. The wedding special on May 19 will allow US viewers to watch ITV’s broadcast of the wedding celebration live. Anchored from a specially constructed studio on the Long Walk […]

Amazon to up video spend throughout 2018

Amazon said it plans to increase its spend on video throughout 2018, after the company more than doubled its profits in Q1. Speaking on Amazon’s first quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that “video content spend will increase year-over-year” and predicted that strength areas like Amazon Web Services, and advertising will continue to […]

Netflix & Buzzfeed partner for short-form doc

Netflix is set to launch a new short-form documentary series with Buzzfeed that follows the lives of the publisher’s reporters. Follow This is a 20-episode series that will premier July 9 on Netflix worldwide. Each 15-minute episode will be released weekly. The writers featured on the series include culture writer Bim Adewunmi, senior national correspondent […]

Netflix orders reboot of Maupin’s Tales Of The City

SVOD platform Netflix has greenlit a new TV version of Tales Of The City, Armistead Maupin’s classic series of novels about life in San Francisco, with its particular emphasis on the LBTQ+ community. The show will be a 10-part limited series produced by Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios. The showrunner and writer of […]