SVOD


Analysis: why would Fox sell to Disney?

Yesterday, it emerged 21st Century Fox had held talks to sell much of its business to The Walt Disney Company. The questions are why, and why now. According to CNBC, the negotiations took place over the past few weeks, but have stopped for the time being. They could resume at any point, as the discussions […]

A+E launches Kriminal OTT service with Amazon

A+E Networks has launched a new true crime-related on-demand service on Amazon Channels in the UK. The new service, Kriminal, will be available for Prime members in the UK via their existing Amazon Video app on smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV,Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and games consoles and on […]

SVOD to drive digital content spend past $200bn

Global consumer expenditure on digital content will hit US$202 billion next year, up 10% from the US$184 billion spent this year, with subscription video-on-demand supporting much of the growth, according to Juniper Research. According to the research outfit’s Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operators Strategies 2017-2022, some 35% of UK households now subscriber to […]

Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey (pictured) claimed “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and […]

RuPaul prodco launches LGBT-themed SVOD net

The prodco behind RuPaul’s Drag Race is launching a pop culture-, drag- and LGBT-themed subscription VOD service. World of Wonder (WOW) is lining up WOW Presents Plus, which will offer original series from Drag Race breakout stars such as Valentina, Bob the Drag Queen and Detox. It will also offer shows from emerging talent such […]

Netflix to launch Brazilian period drama

Netflix is set to produce its latest Brazilian original series, Coisa Mais Linda, a period drama set in the 1950s during the birth and cultural revolution of Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro. The 8x60mins drama will begin filming in 2018. It follows Maria Luiza, a conservative dutiful woman who ends up running a Bossa […]

Popcornflix acquired by Chicken Soup

Video content firm Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) has acquired consumer-facing VOD service Popcornflix by buying its parent company Screen Media Ventures. CSS Entertainment said the deal will help it to achieve its “ambitious growth plans”. It puts it in charge of Screen Media’s content library of over 1,200 TV series and […]

Iflix launches in Bangladesh

Emerging market SVOD service Iflix has launched in Bangladesh in partnership with local mobile operator Robi Axiata. The service will be available in Bangladesh priced at BDT300 (US3.60) per-month and Robi and Airtel customers are eligible to three months free access to Iflix. At launch many of Iflix’s most popular movies and TV shows will […]

Netflix officially drops Spacey

Netflix has fired award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, and will no longer produce TV shows and movies starring him after claims of sexual assault were made against him. Following reports that the actor and producer had sexually assaulted Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp at the age of 14, and other claims since then, Netflix will no […]

Sharknado studio backs end of days SVOD service

US-based OTT TV channels provider TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum, the movie studio behind Sharknado and Z Nation, have teamed up to develop a new streaming service dedicated to apocalypse-themed films and series. The service, named simply Apocaplyse, will initially be available in the North American market. It will showcase content from The Asylum’s library […]

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