SVOD


Global OTT revenues set to double by 2022

Global over-the-top TV (OTT) revenues will more than double between 2016 and 2022, driven by the success of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), according to a new study. Digital TV Research claims that online TV episode and movie rentals for the 138 countries covered in its report will climb from US$37 billion in 2016 to US$83 billion […]

Netflix agrees C$500m originals deal with Canada

Netflix has committed to a five-year, C$500 million (US$400 million) spend on Canadian original programming, and will pay no local taxes as a result. The SVOD giant will invest the money in English- and French-language programming over the next five years following an agreement with the Canadian government. Terms of the deal with Heritage Canada […]

Amazon to ‘increase content spend again’

Amazon will keep apace with Netflix’s original content spend, with Roy Price reportedly promising staff the SVOD service would increase investment in content again. The Amazon Studios head told staff content spend was set to increase in 2018 and 2019, with three new series put into development to go with an expanding originals slate, as […]

Ex-Shomi content chief Shulman joins Wow!

Marni Shulman, the former head of content and programming for collapsed Canadian SVOD service Shomi, has joined Wow! Unlimited Media as senior vice president and general manager. Shulman will be responsible for overseeing the launch of Wow!’s new multiplatform kids and youth brand as well as spearheading the execution of its new partnership with Bell […]

Barcroft goes D2C with TV app

UK-based factual prodco Barcroft Productions is leaping on the success of its YouTube channel by going direct-to-consumer with free TV app. This will comprise with 700 episodes of Barcroft programming – the company’s entire catalogue – and third party content at launch. The Barcroft TV app will offer its in-house content exclusively for 24 hours […]

BBC iPlayer unlocks programming vault

The BBC has added a section to its iPlayer catch-up service that will include a range of archive content spanning from 1946 to today. The ‘From the Archive’ category launches with 450 programmes, ranging from footage that hasn’t been shown since it was first broadcast to popular documentary strands like Horizon, Storyville and Imagine. It […]

Game, set and match for Amazon’s ATP tennis deal

Amazon has been confirmed as the official worldwide streaming partner for the tennis ATP World Tour. Starting this year, Amazon will have global over-the-top rights to broadcast the Next Gen ATP Finals through Amazon Prime Video – except in China. In the US it will also have the full exclusive rights to distribute the Next […]

Deutsche Telekom orders first original

German pay TV provider Deutsche Telekom has commissioned its first original series, a French-coproduced comedy. The move into original production is a “logical step” for Deutsche Telekom following the launch of Ultra-HD services and its first exclusive acquisitions for its new Entertain TV streaming platform, its execs say. The show, Germanized, is a 10x30mins comedy […]

Sagansky launches OTT prodco Golden Karavan

Top entertainment execs from the US and India have launched Golden Karavan, an Indian-focused OTT television production company for services such as Netflix and Amazon. The new Mumbai-based entity is set to create and finance a slate of original TV content over the next five years. Golden Karavan is the vision of former Sony Pictures and […]

In-demand chart: Kids TV Europe (September 11-17, 2017)

The top ten kids shows in Europe show old favourites reigning supreme across 34 territories. Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants nabbed the top spot. Parrot Analytics data shows that 1.94 out of every 100 people in the territories have shown demand for the show. The popular demand for the show worldwide has seen Spongebob receive the greenlight […]

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