SVOD


Report: Hulu, AT&T look to run ads when streamers pause shows

Hulu and AT&T are both looking at the option of adding advertising to their current, or upcoming, platforms when viewers pause for a break. Hulu intends to unveil what it calls “pause ads” in 2019, according to Variety. AT&T is also looking at the option for its upcoming WarnerMedia-branded streamer, which will launch at the […]

Hulu set to reach 23m subs by year end

Hulu is on track to reach over 23m subscribers by year end, according to Hulu CEO Randy Freer who discussed the topic at Business Insider’s Ignition conference. The Hulu chief said that the streamer is on track to add more subscribers by the second half of 2018 than it did the first. Between January and […]

Netflix’s Sarandos: “We don’t have a China strategy”

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said that the streamer is unlikely to look to expand business in China, during the UBS 46thAnnual Global Media and Communications Conference. Sarandos said that work with the nation has been, for the most part, “frustrating distraction”, and that it will not be looking to invest its time there unless […]

WarnerMedia’s “Netflix killer” service to offer three tiers

WarnerMedia owner AT&T has revealed that the company’s upcoming SVOD service will include three separate packages for consumers, during an analyst event held Thursday. The service will include an entry-level movie-focused package; a premium service with original programming and blockbuster movies; and a third service that bundles content from the first two plus an extensive […]

Netflix to launch crime procedural set in four different countries

Netflix is set to launch Criminal, a new format-bending procedural series that comprises of 12 unique stories set in four different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. Criminal is a police procedural with a unique premise: it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. Each episode, 12×45-minutes, will be in local […]

YouTube to wind down Premium offering

YouTube is planning to put its original content ahead of its paywall in what marks a significant strategy shift. The business has confirmed that, beginning in 2019, new originals on the platform will be available via an AVOD model that makes the content effectively free for its global audience. To date, the platform has been charging […]

WarnerMedia brings in AT&T exec to head up streamer

WarnerMedia has appointed AT&T Entertainment’s Brad Bentley as general manager and executive VP for direct-to-consumer development for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch in late 2019. Bentley will be responsible for overall product coordination and for delivering the new WarnerMedia streaming service. He will manage overall cost, schedule and performance of the service. The […]

Netflix to launch tragic K-drama Hymn of Death

Netflix is set to launch new K-drama Hymn of Death across Asia and English-speaking territories this December. Hymn of Death is a three-part series tells the story of Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim-deok and her playwright boyfriend Kim Woo-jin. The popular story has been adapted in Asia in various formats throughout the years, including films, plays, and musicals. […]

BBC tests int’l SVOD offering post-BBC Player launch in Germany

The BBC has confirmed it is experimenting with “different ways to reach audiences in different markets” after launching an SVOD offering via Amazon Prime Video Channels in Germany and Austria last week. BBC Player launched for the first time in Germany and Austria on November 15, with the €3.99 per-month subscription service available exclusively to […]

Netflix takes Murder Mountain from Lightbox

Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox is producing a new six-part documentary series for Netflix that investigates a series of murders in a remote California community. Murder Mountain (6×60’) will be launched on Netflix on 28 December. Set in Humboldt County, California, where marijuana has become the dominant local industry, the series explores the disappearance of […]