Tony Gunnarsson


EU moves ahead with controversial content plan

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing controversial new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s […]

Global Netflix impact ‘felt for a generation’

The impact of Netflix’s unprecedented global launch will be “felt for a generation”, but will not kill off traditional TV distribution “overnight”, according to a leading analyst. Last week US-based Netflix revealed it was launching in 130 new territories, making it instantaneously available in around 190 markets in total, a move that Tony Gunnarsson of […]

Analyst: Netflix ‘goes from strength to strength’

Concern over the recent dip in Netflix’s share price that followed mixed financial results is “overstated”, as the streaming service “continues to go from strength to strength”, according to an analyst. Netflix added 880,000 US subscribers in the third quarter of 2015, missing a 1.15 million forecast and falling 110,000 on the previous year. This […]

Starz Play to ‘spark Mid East OTT boom’

The launch of the Starz OTT platform in the Middle East will spark a wave of overseas-backed SVOD service launches in the region, a new report predicts. Traditional cultural barriers that have stopped international companies launching in the Middle in the past are “starting to fall”, according to research firm Ovum, which is part of […]

OTT subs to hit 100 million this year

The total number of subscribers to online streaming services will pass 100 million on a global basis this year, according to new research by analysts Ovum. Describing a “new era of streaming entertainment”, Ovum pointed to growing appetite for emerging on-demand platforms as evidence of the swing away from downloads and pay TV. Ovum predicted […]

Store closures will ‘severely impact’ UK video rental market

The UK DVD and Blu-ray rental market will decline sharply this year following the shut-down of half the country’s Blockbuster video stores as part of a restructuring agreed by the company’s new management, according to research from IHS Screen Digest. According to IHS Screen Digest, the UK market for physical video rental will drop by […]