SVOD


GroupM: young will ‘erode TV viewing’ as they age

Growing older no longer increases television viewing time, according to GroupM’s ‘The State of Video’ report. The WPP-owned advertising media giant calculated that Generation Y (those born between the early 1980s and mid-90s) and Generation Z (birthdates roughly between 1995-2014) will “erode viewing” to the equivalent of about one percentage point a year over the […]

Viaplay chief exits as MTG rejig continues

Ira Gladnikoff, head of Viaplay, is leaving Scandinavia-based broadcaster MTG as the company continues to restructure its Nordic entertainment business. Gladnikoff will exit to “take on new challenges outside MTG” after less than six months in the role, with a number of other executives taking on new responsibilities. Yesterday, TBI reported on a number of […]

HBO expands SVOD service in Europe

HBO Go has launched as a direct-to-consumer service in four central European countries. The premium programmer’s streaming service is available from today without a separate pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. HBO said that HBO Go would continue to be available through local distribution partners. However, consumers in the four […]

Netflix orders LA-set French comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Gad Elmaleh, handing the French comedian his own series and an English-language stand-up special. The SVOD service ordered a French language stand-up special from Elmaleh in January this year, and has now put an eight-part comedy into production. Huge in France, a half-hour scripted show, follows Elmaleh as he […]

Disney plots Star Wars series for ‘Netflix killer’

The Walt Disney Company is lining up a suite of original shows from its portfolio of brands, including a live-action Star Wars drama, for its upcoming SVOD service. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger said that a series based on the Pixar-owned Monsters franchise, another based on High School Musical and a Marvel Entertainment-produced shows […]

Parks Associates: top US SVOD services hold steady

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu continue to hold places one, two and three in the US SVOD market by subscriber numbers, while HBO made “a significant move” into the top five, new stats show. This is according to Parks Associates research that placed baseball service MLB.TV at number four, HBO Now at five, Starz at six, […]

Rakuten TV mulls wider European expansion

Video-on-demand service Rakuten TV is mulling plans to expand its footprint across more European countries. Speaking exclusively to TBI’s sister title Digital TV Europe, Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca (pictured) said “we have the intention to launch but we don’t have concrete plans yet”. Roca said that heading into next year, the firm might consider […]

Industry vet to lead Cannabis OTT channel

Douglas Lee has been named as general manager of 420TV, the new OTT TV channel focusing on entertainment, news and lifestyle content about cannabis that is backed by online video distributor Ownzones Media Network. Lee, who negotiated the deal that created 420TV on behalf of Ownzones and has been the architect of the channel’s programming, […]

Vivendi’s mobile SVOD net Studio+ set for US

France’s Vivendi is launching its smartphone-targeted SVOD service Studio+ to the US. The service, which offers customers a slate of 10x10mins high-end original short-form series, will debut Stateside with new music drama All You Need is Me and thriller series Hadame Hollywood. Studio+ is the result of collaboration between Vivendi’s Canal+ and Universal Music divisions, […]

Viewer demand: Blue Planet II vs Planet Earth II

After Blue Planet II’s record breaking ratings for its premiere, is it fair to say that the series is already more popular than its predecessor? Parrot Analytics exclusively analyses the stats for TBI. Blue Planet II’s premiere ratings were higher than its predecssor Planet Earth II’s ratings a year ago. Blue Planet drew in 14.1 […]

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