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Amazon bags ITV drama as US original

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive US rights to ITV drama Fearless. All six episodes of the Mammoth Screen-produced show will debut on the SVOD platform on Friday, October 27. Fearless stars Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) as a ballsy human rights lawyer attempting to prove the innocence of a convicted child killer, and the web […]

Eurodata – Europe embraces web viewing but TV rules

People in the five biggest European markets watched an average of three hours and 48 minutes per day in the first half of the year, according to Eurodata TV Worldwide. Presenting the findings of its latest ‘4-screen TV audience’ report in London this morning, Eurodata analysts said that while the TV remains the preferred screen […]

BBC iPlayer content head exits

Victoria Jaye, BBC iPlayer’s head of TV content, has decided to leave the UK’s pubcaster. Jaye will continue to pull together the digital strategy across BBC content and remain in the Corporation until March 2018. She played a leading role in the BBC’s digital commissioning strategy for over a decade. However, she is leaving after […]

Grand Tour beats rivals in Europe – again

Jeremy Clarkson petrol-head series The Grand Tour remains the most in-demand digitally produced original programme in Europe, exclusive data shows. Parrot Analytic stats from January 1 to August 31 of this year reveal the Amazon Prime Video series is ahead of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. The […]

Global OTT revenues set to double by 2022

Global over-the-top TV (OTT) revenues will more than double between 2016 and 2022, driven by the success of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), according to a new study. Digital TV Research claims that online TV episode and movie rentals for the 138 countries covered in its report will climb from US$37 billion in 2016 to US$83 billion […]

Netflix agrees C$500m originals deal with Canada

Netflix has committed to a five-year, C$500 million (US$400 million) spend on Canadian original programming, and will pay no local taxes as a result. The SVOD giant will invest the money in English- and French-language programming over the next five years following an agreement with the Canadian government. Terms of the deal with Heritage Canada […]

Amazon to ‘increase content spend again’

Amazon will keep apace with Netflix’s original content spend, with Roy Price reportedly promising staff the SVOD service would increase investment in content again. The Amazon Studios head told staff content spend was set to increase in 2018 and 2019, with three new series put into development to go with an expanding originals slate, as […]

Ex-Shomi content chief Shulman joins Wow!

Marni Shulman, the former head of content and programming for collapsed Canadian SVOD service Shomi, has joined Wow! Unlimited Media as senior vice president and general manager. Shulman will be responsible for overseeing the launch of Wow!’s new multiplatform kids and youth brand as well as spearheading the execution of its new partnership with Bell […]

Barcroft goes D2C with TV app

UK-based factual prodco Barcroft Productions is leaping on the success of its YouTube channel by going direct-to-consumer with free TV app. This will comprise with 700 episodes of Barcroft programming – the company’s entire catalogue – and third party content at launch. The Barcroft TV app will offer its in-house content exclusively for 24 hours […]

BBC iPlayer unlocks programming vault

The BBC has added a section to its iPlayer catch-up service that will include a range of archive content spanning from 1946 to today. The ‘From the Archive’ category launches with 450 programmes, ranging from footage that hasn’t been shown since it was first broadcast to popular documentary strands like Horizon, Storyville and Imagine. It […]

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