Digital giants: the content wars begin

Netflix and Amazon’s content investments have rocked the television business to its foundations, but can the real titans of tech – Facebook, Apple and their kin – usurp them and win the war for audiences of the future? TBI reports Twenty-eighteen will provide the backdrop to an onslaught into the international content business. While Netflix […]

Doctor Foster drives BBC iPlayer

The BBC logged 239 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in September, up year-on-year, with Doctor Foster (pictured) emerging as the most popular show during the month. Episode one, season two of drama series Doctor Foster was the top performing show of September on the UK pubcaster’s VOD service with three million requests. […]

MTG reports growth despite eSports losses

MTG reported 83% profit growth for continuing operations in Q3, despite wider losses for its eSports operations. The Nordic company reported higher profits and margins for Nordic entertainment, international entertainment and MTG Studios. Meanwhile, its digital arm MTGx recorded lower losses on a sequential and year on year basis, thanks to the contribution from Innogames […]

In-demand chart: France (October 9-15, 2017)

  This week saw The Walking Dead rise to the top of our latest In-demand chart, this time covering France, due to a crossover event between the show and its companion series Fear the Walking Dead and increasing anticipation over the zombie drama’s eighth season. The event saw the announcement that a character would move between the […]

SVOD service BritBox taps Fremantle for QI

BBC Worldwide-backed subscription VOD service BritBox has bought a range of new British shows from companies including FremantleMedia International. Shows launching less than 24 hours after their UK debuts include comedy panel show QI and factual series Escape to the Country, which is soon to launch its 25th season. Fantasy series Merlin and feature drama […]

Netflix: 8m viewers have binged entire series in a day

Some 8.4 million Netflix subscribers have ‘binge raced’ through an entire season of a show, completing it within 24 hours of its release, according to stats released by the SVOD giant. Netflix said that between 2013 and 2016 the amount of “launch day finishers” increased more than 20 times over and claimed that “the rate […]

ProSiebenSat.1 & Discovery launch OTT service

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications have launched a jointly-owned premium entertainment service in Germany. The streaming initiative brings together nine terrestrial TV channels in Germany including ProSieben, SAT.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx, ProSieben Maxx, SAT.1 Gold and Kabel Eins Doku, together with Discovery’s free to air channels DMAX and TLC. A range of original and premium TV […]

Fighting the pirates

Illegal downloads and streams are directly impacting the TV business, but how far are they changing the distribution models of tomorrow, and what can be done to stop the flow? Robert Shepherd reports The global TV industry has always faced major challenges. Whether it was uncertainty surrounding digital switchover, the ongoing lack of diversity on […]

Ovation on a Journy with new OTT service

Arts-focused US channel Ovation has launched a cultural travel-themed OTT service, Journy. The VOD net launches on Roku devices and Xumo connected TVs in the US, and has secured a number of acquisitions for debut. These include Jared Leto’s US national parks doc Great Wide Open, Reckognition Productions’ Droned, Australian muralist show The Wanderers and […]

YouGov: Netflix most liked brand among millennials

Netflix is the most positively talked about brand among millennials, according to YouGov BrandIndex data. The research firm found the SVOD giant to top the poll of 18-34 year-olds, ahead of other tech companies like Facebook, Apple, AirBnB and Spotify. Asked which brands they had talked to friends and family about in the previous two […]

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