SVOD


YouTube shuts down paid channels

YouTube has ended its 2013-launched paid channels initiative and has instead introduced sponsorships in a bid to help content creators make money from the site. Announcing the move, YouTube said that paid channels – a scheme that allowed content owners to charge a monthly subscription fee foraccess to videos – had “never achieved popularity”. Sponsorships […]

Viaplay commits to Conspiracy of Silence

MTG video streaming service Viaplay has ordered an eight-part political thriller named Conspiracy of Silence. The announcement comes on the same day HBO Europe unveiled its first original series from the Nordic region, Gösta. Set in murky world of the international arms trade, the drama will follow Jens Hultén (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as […]

Illegal streaming box sales boom in UK – FACT

More than one million illegal set-top boxes that allow users to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK over the past two years, according to a new report. The report from IP protection body FACT UK, titled ‘Cracking Down on Digital Piracy’, gathers insights from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), FACT, City of […]

AMC confirms Stillerman replacement

David Madden has been confirmed as president of original programming for US networks AMC and SundanceTV, replacing Joel Stillerman. He will also take on the same role at producer AMC Studios, reporting in all capacities to AMC, Sundance and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier. Madden was expected to make the move after leaving US broadcaster […]

The Story Lab names iflix exec as Asia Pac chief

The Story Lab, part of Dentsu Aegis Network’s media investment arm Amplifi, has appointed iflix exec Donovan Castillo-Mohlman to Asia Pacific president, effective immediately. Castillo-Mohlman will now be responsible for driving initiatives in content development for clients, as well as building capabilities across distribution and investment in premium entertainment content. He will also focus on […]

TBI Weekly: The best of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum took place this week, bringing in some of the best animators, distributors, producers and broadcasters in Europe to the French city of Toulouse from 11-14 September. Each year, the Forum awards Cartoon Tributes for the best broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer. A majority among the 900 attendees at the Forum voted France Télévisions as broadcaster […]

NBCU plans Nordic expansion for Hayu

NCBUniversal (NBCU) International is set to expand its reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, into the Nordics, in what it described as a “key milestone” for the service. The on-demand offering will launch first in Norway – in partnership with TV2 – during the fourth quarter of this year, before going live in Finland, Sweden and […]

‘US giants to offer channels through new SVOD net’

Channels from US cable TV giants like Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are set to become available on a new entertainment-focused SVOD service called Philo. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which that claims a soft-launch for the new US streaming service will roll out in the coming weeks. Philo will reportedly be […]

Netflix CFO defends $6bn content spend

Netflix financial chief David Wells has claimed Netflix’s multi-billion dollar content spend is the key factor in the international SVOD service’s subscription growth. CFO Wells reiterated Ted Sarandos’ recent admission Netflix would spend US$7 billion on shows – mostly original content such as Narcos (pictured) – in 2018, and has said spending US$20 million an hour on […]

New SVOD movies service for French launch

A new French movies-on-demand service, e-cinema.com, will launch on October 20, bringing international movies not shown in French cinemas to internet users. The service, created by Altantis Télévision CEO Frédéric Houzelle, online entrepreneur Roland Coutas and Bruno Barde, details of which were unveiled at the Deauville American film festival, is intended as a “complement” to […]

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