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TBI Weekly: What lies beyond the SVOD horizon?

Netflix’s plummeting share price has underlined the fragility of an SVOD-only model and already fed through to content cuts – even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry couldn’t avoid the swinging axe as the streamer looks to slash spending. Yet while Netflix gets to grips with “the complexity of advertising”, it’s been clear to many for some time now […]

Roku orders ‘Honest Renovations’ with Jessica Alba & Lizzy Mathis to EP and host

The Roku Channel has commissioned a new unscripted original series, hosted and executive produced by Jessica Alba and Lizzy Mathis, that is part home renovation/part parental advice show. The 8 x 60-minute Honest Renovations is set to begin production later this year and is produced by High Noon Entertainment (Fixer Upper, Good Bones), Mexican Spitfire […]

TBI Weekly: How Roku growth is expanding opportunity

AVOD operator Roku this week ordered a second season of scripted series Die Hart, marking the first extension for one of its ‘original’ branded shows. Richard Middleton explores what’s next. Roku’s deal to acquire a library of programming from defunct shortform streamer Quibi last year pointed to an ambitious new strategy for one of the […]

Roku extends first ‘original’ as ‘Die Hart’ enjoys ‘spectacular debut’

Free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service The Roku Channel has ordered a second season of scripted series Die Hart, marking the AVOD company’s first ‘original’ to be extended.  The commission of Die Harter follows Roku’s acquisition of the first season, Die Hart, from now defunct shortform streamer Quibi as part of a package deal valued at $100m. Roku […]

TBI Weekly: How AVOD is starting to pull out the big guns

If it hadn’t been for the double-barrel effect of a global pandemic and the launch of streamers direct from US studios, then 2020 would likely have been seen as a major trigger point in AVOD’s evolution.    As it is, these services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but there are soon to […]

AVOD streamer Roku eyes more content deals after Quibi acquisitions

AVOD streamer The Roku Channel is looking to strike more content deals following the recent acquisition of shows from defunct streamer Quibi, after unveiling surging usage of its service. Roku, which manufactures devices as well as operating online networks, said that the reach of The Roku Channel had more than doubled in the past three months […]

Roku Channel to offer premium content from Showtime, Epix & Starz

The Roku Channel is set to offer premium subscriptions from Showtime, Starz and Epix by late January. Premium subscriptions will give potential customers the ability to browse all available content across the services before signing up, as well as free trials for all subscriptions and the ability to pay for all premium content in a […]