SVOD


Apple TV+ goes head-to-head with Disney as pricing, launch details emerge

Apple could be rolling out its premium streaming service for $9.99 per month starting in November. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company wants Apple TV+ to be a part of its drive to reach $50bn in service sales by 2020 with a launch globally in over 150 countries. The pricing puts the service in between […]

Factual SVOD CuriosityStream strikes distribution deal with Altice USA

John Hendricks’s factual streamer CuriosityStream is getting wider distribution in the US via broadband operator Altice USA. Under the deal, the platform will be made available to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers, and will also be added to the business’s on-demand platform and mobile apps. Overall, the deal will help CuriosityStream access around 4.9m […]

Disney+ confirms four international markets for November launch

Disney+ is to launch in four international markets in November.  The Mouse House’s streaming platform will debut in the Netherlands and Canada on 12 November, and in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November. Disney+ will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the US, priced at CAD$8.99 (US$6.78) per month or $89.99 […]

Exclusive: Netflix drives into European drama with hires for Paris, Berlin

Netflix is expanding its scripted might in Europe, building out offices in Paris and Berlin with top execs from local broadcasters and production companies. The streaming giant is building out its German team, having hired Lucas Schmidt – a long-time commissioner with German public broadcaster ZDF. Though he has been based in Amsterdam since joining […]

Is France’s answer to Netflix too little too late?

France’s local answer to Netflix, Salto, may have received the greenlight from the competition watchdog, but producers warn that without a hefty originals investment and clarity on rights, the platform could struggle to compete with players that are “years ahead” in France. The Autorité de la Concurrence ushered through the beleaguered joint-SVOD between commercial broadcasters […]

Netflix India exec lands at ABC Entertainment

Netflix India’s Simran Sethi has landed at ABC Entertainment. The exec, who most recently served as a director of international originals overseeing the Indian market for the streaming giant, has joined the business as EVP of development and content strategy, reporting into Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. She is to begin the role on […]

French regulators give broadcasters’ joint SVOD the greenlight

French regulators have cleared Salto – also referred to as the ‘French Netflix’ – to begin operations, with an eye on launching early next year. The long-anticipated SVOD service from commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions today (12 August) received the greenlight from the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la […]

Exclusive: Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships departs

Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships Gill Hay has left after four years, leaving a question mark around the business’s plans for original content. TBI can confirm that the exec departed recently, and that no direct replacement is planned for the role. Hay, a former Channel 4 acquisitions boss, joined Virgin Media in 2015 from […]

ProSiebenSat.1 bolstered by Discovery JV Joyn

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s profits took a hit in the second quarter as the company invests in what it describes as “future-fit entertainment businesses” including Discovery JV Joyn, which recorded over 3.8m active users and 2.4m installed apps at the end of the period. ProSiebenSat.1’s CEO Max Conze conceded that the company faced “a difficult advertising […]