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Amazon Channels dominates D2C subscriptions, says TDG

Amazon Prime Channels accounts for 55% of all direct-to-consumer subscriptions in the US, according to research by The Diffusion Group (TDG). The study claims that Amazon Channels is especially prominent among premium direct-to-consumer apps like HBO Now, Showtime and Starz, with more than half of HBO’s direct subscribers using Amazon Channels to purchase their service. […]

MGM to up originals for Epix to promote growth

MGM is planning to “reposition and expand” its underperforming premium subscription service Epix one year after acquiring it from its joint venture partners, according to chief operating officer Chris Brearton Speaking after MGM posted Q1 results, Brearton said the service was “under-distributed, under-subscribed and under-monetized” before MGM’s acquisition of it, adding that its  original programming […]

Ofcom encourages “Kangaroo 2” collaboration with UK PSBs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

Hulu and Telemundo expand content pact

Hulu has inked a further deal with NBCUniversal’s Telemundo to provide more Spanish-language titles for the platform. The deal, which was announced at Telemundo’s Upfronts last night, will see Hulu add 28 Spanish-language series to its catalogue. Shows include El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Alguien Te Mira, La Casa de al Lado, Perro Amor, The Riveras and I Love […]

TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

Discovery chief hints at global OTT ambition

Discovery CEO David Zaslav (pictured) has dropped a hint that the factual giant could look to develop a wider global OTT play either on a standalone basis or with partners. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q1 results, Zaslav said that the US market in particular is underserved with offerings catering to non-sports […]

Apple plans Amazon-style distribution strategy

Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content […]

Netflix set to launch first Mexican anime original

Netflix is set to launch its first original anime series Seis Manos (Six Hands) set in Mexico. The new series will launch on Netflix globally in 2019. It is produced by Viz Media. Seis Manos centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agency and a Mexican Federale to battle for […]

Hulu picks up thriller from Wattpad, AwesomenessTV & Grammnet

Hulu has made a straight-to-series order of Light as a Feather, a thriller from Wattpad Studios, AwesomenessTV and Kelsey Grammer’s prodco Grammnet. Light as a Feather is based on Zoe Aarensen’s supernatural thriller, which appeared on Wattpad’s digital reading service reaching 2.9 million reads. The story follows five teen girls as they deal with the […]

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. […]