NBCUniversal’s Fandango acquires Walmart-owned streamer Vudu

US streamer Vudu – the AVOD and TVOD platform owned by retail giant Walmart – has been acquired by NBCUniversal’s cinema ticket purchasing service Fandango. Vudu is currently accessible in over 100 million US homes with an app that has been downloaded more than 14 million times. The service, which offers an AVOD component as […]

Report: Walmart in talks over opening Vudu to streaming partners

Walmart is reportedly looking to take on Amazon by offering subscription services like HBO Now, Showtime and Starz through its US video-on-demand service Vudu. According to Bloomberg, Walmart is in “exploratory” discussions about opening up its transactional VOD store – which lets users buy and rent movies and TV content – to third-party streaming services. […]

Walmart to partner with MGM to boost VOD offering

Walmart is to partner with US movie studio MGM to boost content on its Vudu video-on-demand service, according to reports. The move arrives as Walmart looks to expand its profile in the SVOD space and compete with services such as Netflix and Hulu. Walmart has told Reuters, which first reported the story, that a formal […]

TBI Weekly: Two ways an SVOD burst impacts the industry

As news of NBCU’s planned streaming service designed to ‘pay’ users to watch was revealed this week, it begged the question: what does this burst in new SVOD concepts mean for content? In the past month we’ve seen three major SVOD developments that will no doubt shake up the industry. Firstly it was revealed that […]

Walmart may recruit Ex-Epix chief for SVOD service

US retail giant Walmart is working with former Epix CEO Mark Greenberg on the launch of an OTT TV service that would target the the ‘Middle American’, non-urban US market, according to press reports. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, Walmart has been working on the project with Greenberg for several months. The […]

Walmart’s SVOD move confirmed

It has been confirmed that Walmart is looking to enter the subscription-video space to compete with streamers such as Netflix and Amazon, according to Variety. Sources have told the publisher that the retail giant is planning to launch the service through its Vudu division. The plans are set for the fourth quarter of 2018, where […]

Walmart plans SVOD service to take on Netflix

Walmart plans to launch a video streaming service that will directly challenge Netflix and Amazon, according to The Information. The US retailer is considering the introduction of a SVOD product that would undercut the price point of the streaming giants. Anonymous sources told the publisher that the service would be US$8 a month alongside a […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]