BBC, ITV, AMC pact for BritBox US SVOD service

The UK’s two largest broadcasters and The Walking Dead cable net AMC are joining forces to launch BritBox, a new US SVOD service that will debut early next year. The partners said they want to roll out the service in other international markets after the US. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, […]

New launches will drive Amazon’s SVOD share

Netflix will become less dominant in western European SVOD over the next five years as Amazon launches across the region and takes share from the market leader, according to new research. Digital TV Research estimates that Amazon will launch its full Prime Video streaming service in 15 western European territories by end-2017. As its regional […]

Amazon snags local content ahead of India launch

Amazon has inked another deal for streaming rights to local movies ahead of its launch in India. The e-commerce giant is about to debut Prime Video service in the country as part of a wider international rollout of the SVOD service, and has been striking local movie deals ahead of launch. The latest agreement is […]

James Bond spies Canadian SVOD deal

CraveTV has scooped the rights to the James Bond library of films, giving it classic and upcoming movies featuring the famous British spy. Canadian SVOD service CraveTV, which is ultimately owned by telco Bell, has inked a programming deal with MGM for the 007 Collection, which covers 50 years of Bond and includes films featuring […]

Netflix growth ‘slowing’ in big European markets

US streaming service Netflix is seeing subs growth slow in major European territories, according to new research. Ovum’s latest European analysis and forecasts reveal that the SVOD service reveals a sharp uptake of Netflix as Netflix enters a market, before growth starts to tail off. There were also reassuring findings for traditional pay TV operators, […]

Former AMC int’l chief: ‘niche SVOD is the future’

Niche SVOD services will continue to gain ground in a world where launching new linear services is now ‘implausible’, says former AMC and MGM international boss Bruce Tuchman. In an article for, Tuchman (pictured), now a media investor and board member of TV analytics specialist Parrot, notes the likes of CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and […]

Viewpoint: SVOD’s niche future

What do such disparate brands as CBS All Access, CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and Eros on Demand have in common?  All of these are specialised OTT-delivered SVOD services with over one million subscribers, and are growing fast. Not so long ago, people were still skeptical about Netflix’s future. That time is past, and it’s no longer […]

SVOD-only households on the rise

The proportion of homes ditching traditional TV and exclusively taking an SVOD service is on the rise, according to new research. The overall number of subcription bide-on-demand homes continues to increase globally, and within that group, the number of SVOD-only homes is also on the up, Ampere Analysis reports. Its data shows the US is […]

TBI DISTRIBUTOR SURVEY 2016: SVOD boom, stacking issues?

Netflix and its streaming counterparts have shaken up the traditional TV market in an unprecedented manner. For the free TV players Netflix is a viewing threat and rival for the best programming, for pay TV it is both these and a cord-cutting threat. For distributors SVOD is clearly a boon. Last week CBS boss Les […]

MTG launches SVOD in the Baltics

The Modern Times Group is launching its Viaplay streaming service in the Baltics, taking on SVOD giant Netflix, which rolled out in the region earlier this year. The SVOD service will roll out in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as an OTT offering, and on mobile via a partnership with regional telco Tele2. The service offers […]