SVOD


Amazon in Absentia with Sony drama deal

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive rights to Sony thriller drama Absentia in various territories. Amazon has bought rights to the Masha Productions drama in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Korea among others. Absentia went out on Sony Pictures Television Networks-owned AXN channels to good ratings in Iberia […]

‘One in five’ French net users now taking SVOD

Over one in five French internet users over the age of six subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand offering this year, up from 15% in 2016, according to figures released by audience research outfit Médiamétrie. According to Médiamétrie, 21% took an SVOD service of some sort this year, led primarily by Netflix. Canalplay and SFR Play […]

Amazon ‘developing free VOD service’

Amazon could be getting in on the free VOD space in order to build out its advertising business. Ad Age has reported that Amazon is developing a free-advertising-supported offering to complement its Prime Video subscription video-on-demand service. According to the report, Amazon is in talks with TV network, movie studios and other media companies about […]

Pay TV and OTT: when two tribes go to watch

Pay TV operators can defend their revenues and continue to grow, but they need to tap into the growing demand for SVOD and cater to the tastes of ‘content connoisseurs’ – one of five ‘TV tribes’ that marketers must now address – according to research by Ampere Analysis for TV technology outfit Nagra. Despite growth […]

Netflix puts Italian Baby in its corner

Streaming service Netflix has ordered another original series out of Italy – a drama based on a high school scandal. Baby is billed as an eight-part coming-of-age story loosely based on the 2013 ‘baby squillo’ scandal, which saw several adults sent to jail on child prostitution sex offences. The drama will follow a group of […]

Crackle chief upped to Sony networks digital boss

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has promoted the boss of its on-demand service, Crackle, to executive VP and chief digital officer. Eric Berger will remain general manager of OTT service Crackle, but also now oversees worldwide digital strategy across all Sony channels. The long-serving exec has been with Sony since 2006 and Crackle since 2008, […]

Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

House moves are killing the basic pay bundle

Ahead of his keynote at Informa’s OTTtv World Summit tomorrow in London, former AMC Networks, MGM and Nickelodeon executive Bruce Tuchman argues that consumer behaviour – and people moving houses – is killing the basic cable bundle in the US. A year ago, there were still several industry prognosticators who sincerely and ardently expressed their […]

In-demand chart: Spain (November 6-12, 2017)

Stranger Things dominates Spain’s charts as the global hit continues its success into season two, but the country is unique for its love of local-language originals. Three weeks after its second season release on Netflix, Stranger Things generated almost seven times more average demand expressions than the runner up Narcos in the top ten digital […]

Amazon lands Lord of the Rings TV remake

Amazon has acquired the global rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, for TV adaptation across multiple seasons. The upcoming original, rumoured to be costing US$250 million, will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The […]

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