SVOD


Netflix subs to hit 128m thanks to int’l growth

Netflix’s subscriber count is tipped to reach 128 million by 2022, with the number of international viewers expected to exceed those in the US by early 2018. This is according to a new study by Digital TV Research, which predicts that Netflix’s overall subscriber number will climb by 44% between the end of 2016 and […]

Sundance orders first SVOD scripted series

New US streaming service Sundance Now has become the latest SVOD platform to order an original scripted series. The AMC Networks-owned service has given the straight-to-series greenlight to The Chances, which is billed as a comedy-drama written and performed deaf actors Shoshanna Stern and Josh Feldman. Traditional broadcasters have been attempting to reach millennial audiences […]

Consumers ‘spend more than ever on TV services’

The average consumer is spending “more than ever before” on TV services by combining pay TV, VOD and SVOD, according to Ampere Analysis. The Europe and North America study claims that viewers are building their own TV bundles from all the options available, rather than deserting their pay TV operators through cord cutting. In North […]

Barclays launches £100m SVOD fund

Barclays has launched a £100 million (US$125.6 million) for fund TV production in the UK. The UK bank said the fund is designed to meet the changing needs of the production sector, notably the rise of Netflix and the SVOD players. With revenue from SVOD sales often spread over a longer period, Barclays said that […]

Netflix use in US tops DVR for the first time

For the first time, more US adults now report having Netflix in their home than a DVR, according to Leichtman Research. The new study found that 54% US adults have Netflix, while 53% have a DVR. By comparison, in 2011 Netflix usage stood at just 28%, while DVR ownership was 44%. “On-demand and time shifting […]

INTV: Hulu’s studio plans ‘hinge upon int’l’

Hulu’s creative chief, Craig Erwich, has said plans to set up its own in-house studio hinge upon its wider international ambitions. The catch-up and streaming service currently only requires US rights and can commission originals and work on copros on that basis, without the need for a studio to service a wider international network. Speaking at […]

International Netflix subs set to overtake US

Subscribers from the 130 countries Netflix expanded to last year account for just 5% of the streaming service’s customer base, according to new research. Despite the slow take-up in new territories, however, the Netflix international subs base will overtake that of the US this year, IHS Markit data suggests. The US-listed company launched in 50 […]

Amazon hires FMI’s Brown as Euro originals chief

Amazon Studios has hired FremantleMedia International’s Georgia Brown as its first director of original television for Europe. The hire brings to an end Amazon Studios’ search for a European content chief, and comes after the Amazon Prime Video SVOD service went fully international in December. Brown’s remit will see her commissioning programming from producers in […]

C More extends SVOD service

TV4 Group-owned C More is launching its subscription video-on-demand service in Finland as part of an expansion of a service that laid claim to be the fastest growing SVOD offering in Sweden last year. The cost of investing in its subscription video-on-demand service led to a higher than expected loss for C More last year, […]

Amazon to maintain originals investment

Amazon’s increased spend on original content will “continue in 2017 and likely beyond”, as it continues to build engagement through its video strategy. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian T. Olsavsky said that last year Amazon Prime customers more than doubled their amount of hours they spent consuming video, […]

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