VOD


My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

Asia Pacific VOD subs to see 84% growth by 2024

Asia Pacific video-on-demand subscriptions are set to climb from 221m in 2018 to 407m by 2024, according to Digital TV Research predictions. The research firm estimates that China will account for 289m SVOD subscriptions in 2024, with India and Japan providing a further 31m each. “Three Chinese companies will top the Asia Pacific SVOD rankings by subscribers […]

Rakuten TV to expand to 40 territories in 2019

Rakuten TV is looking to triple its market presence to 40 territories in 2019 via partnerships with Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense. Rakuten will offer integrated content within the manufacturers’ Smart TV remote controls, which directly links to the Rakuten TV streaming service. With this move, the VOD platform says it will simultaneously increase its […]

UK parliament launches inquiry on the future of PSBs

The UK’s communications committee is launching a new inquiry that investigates whether there is a future for public service broadcasting as the rise of video on demand services continues. In recent years video streaming services have emerged as powerful global distributors and producers, creating mounting challenges for PSBs such as the BBC and ITV, according […]

Exclusive: Discovery to roll out VOD service in India

Discovery is to roll out an Indian VOD service just a year after the business rolled back its Netflix-affiliated general entertainment channel Jeet, TBI has learned.  The business’s Indian operation is understood be ad-supported, and will initially focus on short-form content before expanding into long-form programming. It is expected to roll out in the coming […]

My5, All4 bolster services with content deal, SVOD function

Viacom-owned catch-up service My5 has struck a content deal with Israeli cable group Hot. The partnership marks the first foreign-language content deal for Channel 5’s catch-up service, which was opened up to third-party content last summer, linking with the likes of PBS America, A+E Networks’ Blaze, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET. Under the […]

RTL lays out VOD-focused strategy for 2019

RTL Group has set out plans to expand its video-on-demand services by developing a joint VOD tech platform by making “significant investments” into more local and exclusive content. Laying out its strategic priorities for next year, the company said that it will develop a joint tech platform that all its streaming platforms and broadcaster video-on-demand […]

RTL posts strong results as it focuses on VOD and drama

RTL announced strong Q2 and H1 results as it focuses on its two main growth initiatives – building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. The German broadcaster said that it continued its business development and ‘Total Video’ strategy in the first half of the year with H1 revenue up for the fourth consecutive […]

Sony looks to sell stake in Crackle

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is looking to sell a piece of its streaming service, Crackle, as it looks to grow revenue for the platform and compete with tech rivals. The move was announced by Mike Hopkins (pictured), the former Hulu CEO who joined SPT as chairman last autumn, in a company memo. He said the […]

Pantaflix & Premiere Digital strike int’l content deal

German VOD platform Pantaflix has struck a global content deal with US-based Premiere Digital, as part of its international expansion strategy. Premiere partners with all of the major Hollywood studios and networks on digital and broadcast content servicing, delivery and aggregation. It already delivers content to digital platforms such as Apple and Netflix. Pantaflix will […]

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