SVOD


‘Over 50% of US millennials binge-watch daily’

More than half of US millennial broadband users binge watch content on a daily basis, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research firm said that 58% of 18-34 year-olds binge daily while 86% of all adult broadband users binge view “at least occasionally”. Frequency of bingeing is “strongly correlated with the viewer’s age”, according […]

Amedia becomes ‘home of HBO’ in new deal

Russian free and pay TV broadcaster Amedia has signed a new deal with HBO giving it the exclusive Russian rights to first-run HBO shows and HBO’s programming library for the first time. The new deal makes Amedia’s pay TV service Amedia Premium HD, consisting of Amedia Premium and Amedia Hit channels and SVOD service Amediateka, […]

Virgin TV signs ‘biggest kids deal to date’ with DHX

DHX Media has acquired a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for SVOD rights in the UK and Ireland for a total of 615 hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as […]

TDG: 65% of 18-24s prefer SVOD to pay TV

Almost two thirds of US broadband users aged 18-24 would choose SVOD over traditional pay TV if they were forced to pick one, according to new research. The Diffusion Group (TDG) study found that 65.4% of 18-24s and 53.7% of 25-34 year-olds would opt for services like Netflix and Hulu over legacy pay TV services. […]

Mediaset to strengthen on-demand offering

Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play, with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year. Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering. Mediaset […]

Hulu adds HBO & Cinemax

HBO and its sister channel, Cinemax, are now available on US video-on-demand service Hulu. Beginning today, HBO series such as Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Ballers will be offered for US$14.99 a month, with Cinemax shows including The Knick and Banshee coming at a cost of US$9.99. The content will be offered live and […]

Vimeo kills SVOD plan

Vimeo has killed the long-gestating plan to launch a subscription VOD service, and axed its content development team as a result. The IAC-owned video-sharing site had previously said it wanted to “follow in the footsteps of Netflix”, but those aspirations are now over. “Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering […]

Dan Snow history podcast becomes VOD service

A new thematic VOD service based on television historian Dan Snow’s podcast network will launch in October. HistoryHit.TV will offer films of varying lengths, including feature-length interviews with history communicators and experts, plus traditional documentaries, including some no longer in circulation elsewhere. The programmes will be both licensed from third parties and originally produced. The […]

AMC Networks amps up RLJ funding by $10m

AMC Networks will invest a further US$10 million into streaming service RLJ Entertainment following an initial spend of US$65 million in 2016. RLJ owns SVOD service Acorn TV and digital service UMC (Urban Movie Channel), and receives the money from AMC in the form of loans. The latest funding round was handed to RLJ “to […]

Magine creates Spanish movies SVOD service

Streaming company Magine is creating a subscription VOD service offering Spanish movies. Magine has hooked up with Spain-based content rights firm Dinamedia to launch the offer, which will be known as FlixOlé. The service will offer “one of the world’s largest libraries of Spanish movies” when it launches in Spain late this month. The service […]

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