SVOD


History Play launches in UK and Germany on Amazon Channels

Amazon has added the A+E Networks’ History Play streaming service to its line-up of Prime Video Channels in the UK, Germany and Austria, marking the first time the service has been available in the three countries. Prime members will gain access to History Play with an add-on subscription of £3.99 ($5) in the UK and €3.99 ($4.50) […]

Lionsgate’s O’Connell lands at WarnerMedia

Lionsgate’s Jennifer O’Connell has landed at WarnerMedia, where she will serve as EVP of original non-fiction and kids programming for the business’s new streaming service. The appointment comes on the heels of O’Connell’s departure from Lionsgate, where she most recently served as EVP of alternative programming, overseeing a slate that includes Kevin Hart: What the […]

Hulu’s subscriber base balloons to 28m

Disney and Comcast-backed streaming service Hulu has grown its total customer base to over 28m, including 26.8m paying customers, the outfit has revealed. The news that the SVOD service has added 3.8m paying customers so far this year means its US growth far outpaced that of Netflix, which added 1.7m customers in its home market […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from Netflix’s Q1 results

Netflix beat expectations all round for its first quarter results of 2019, drawing $4.52bn for Q1 and 9.6m new members, but here are five tidbits you might have missed from its earnings call with the streamer’s bosses. Disney is welcome competition Netflix boss Reed Hastings was keen to emphasise that new competition only makes the […]

My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

Roku launches the Olympic Channel

Roku is set to launch the Olympic Channel on its platform, which will include exclusive footage around various sports.  The channel will include a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content. The Olympic Channel will also offer exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage and key athletes. Highlights […]

Arte plots VOD service with ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, president of Arte France, outlining […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

Netflix promises greater transparency after beating earnings expectations

Netflix bosses have promised to reveal more data around the viewership of its programming after reporting a 22% revenue rise for Q1, 2019. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the streamer would be rolling out more specific and granular data over the next few months, “First to our producers, then our members, and of course, […]

‘Game Of Thrones’ smashes records as HBO bosses contemplate spin-offs

The series eight premiere of Game Of Thrones on Sunday (14 April) smashed ratings records for US cable channel HBO and UK pay-TV operator Sky.  The drama, which returned after an almost two-year break for its final series on HBO, captured 17.4m across the linear channel, catch-up service HBO Go and domestic SVOD platform HBO […]