SVOD


YouTube adds ex-WGN & Fox execs for originals

YouTube is bolstering its original programming team by hiring former WGN America (WGN) and Fox executives. Jon Wax has been named head of drama, scripted and current at SVOD service YouTube Red, while Angela Courtin takes a marketing post. Wax previously worked at WGN as executive VP of original programming, and becomes the second exec […]

New chief for SlingTV as Lynch exits for Pandora

Dish Network’s Erik Carlson will lead its over-the-top service, SlingTV, after Roger Lynch moved to internet radio company Pandora. Carlson will on August 31 add SlingTV to his current duties as president and COO of US-based satellite pay TV provider Dish. Current incumbent Lynch is moving to Pandora as CEO, with former Sony Pictures Television […]

AMC Iberia to launch SVOD service

AMC Network Iberia is planning to launch a streaming service in Spain, in partnership with pay TV distributors, according to local reports. AMC posted a promo for the service on YouTube on Tuesday, advertising a mix of channels and on-demand content for €6.99 (US$8.22) a month. The service advertises itself as offering content in 4K […]

‘Over 50% of US millennials binge-watch daily’

More than half of US millennial broadband users binge watch content on a daily basis, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research firm said that 58% of 18-34 year-olds binge daily while 86% of all adult broadband users binge view “at least occasionally”. Frequency of bingeing is “strongly correlated with the viewer’s age”, according […]

Amedia becomes ‘home of HBO’ in new deal

Russian free and pay TV broadcaster Amedia has signed a new deal with HBO giving it the exclusive Russian rights to first-run HBO shows and HBO’s programming library for the first time. The new deal makes Amedia’s pay TV service Amedia Premium HD, consisting of Amedia Premium and Amedia Hit channels and SVOD service Amediateka, […]

Virgin TV signs ‘biggest kids deal to date’ with DHX

DHX Media has acquired a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for SVOD rights in the UK and Ireland for a total of 615 hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as […]

TDG: 65% of 18-24s prefer SVOD to pay TV

Almost two thirds of US broadband users aged 18-24 would choose SVOD over traditional pay TV if they were forced to pick one, according to new research. The Diffusion Group (TDG) study found that 65.4% of 18-24s and 53.7% of 25-34 year-olds would opt for services like Netflix and Hulu over legacy pay TV services. […]

Mediaset to strengthen on-demand offering

Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play, with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year. Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering. Mediaset […]

Hulu adds HBO & Cinemax

HBO and its sister channel, Cinemax, are now available on US video-on-demand service Hulu. Beginning today, HBO series such as Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Ballers will be offered for US$14.99 a month, with Cinemax shows including The Knick and Banshee coming at a cost of US$9.99. The content will be offered live and […]

Vimeo kills SVOD plan

Vimeo has killed the long-gestating plan to launch a subscription VOD service, and axed its content development team as a result. The IAC-owned video-sharing site had previously said it wanted to “follow in the footsteps of Netflix”, but those aspirations are now over. “Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering […]

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