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Netflix partners with Telecom Italia in Italy, while Spanish telcos are still considering the dealAugust 27, 2015Italian IPTV provider Telecom Italia has reached an agreement to add Netflix video streaming service to its TIMvision set-top box. In Spain, two telcos, Vodafone and Orange, are considering distribution agreements with Netflix.Subscribers Only
Netflix to become available in Southern Europe in October 2015June 09, 2015European expansion of Netflix continues with new countries, Spain, Italy and Portugal scheduled to launch in October 2015.Subscribers Only
Second Netflix title blocked by major US cinema chainsMarch 10, 2015The four leading US theatrical circuits have moved to boycott the release of Netflix title and Oscar hopeful Beasts of No Nation because its release will debut side by side with the online streaming platform later in 2015.Subscribers Only
Amazon takes new fronts in content warsJanuary 21, 2015Retailer and online video service Amazon will finance up to 12 US theatrical movies in 2015, releasing them on its Prime Instant Video subscription service one to two months after the cinema. The move into film production and distribution follows the commission of the first episodic series directed by Woody Allen, which will also be exclusive to Prime Instant Video. Content produced and distributed through Amazon Original Movies will move quickly from cinemas to subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) - four to eight weeks instead of the usual six to ten months.Subscribers Only
The success of ‘The Interview’ on online video platforms helps Sony to recoup its investment but proves little in the wider windowing debateJanuary 20, 2015Two weeks since taking The Interview to online platforms in the US, Sony reported over $31 million in consumer revenues from its digital distribution (over 4.3m downloads) and $5m in cinema distribution.
Wuaki.tv drops SVOD proposition in UKNovember 12, 2014Rakuten-owned online video service Wuaki.TV has discontinued its subscription service ‘Wuaki Selection’ on 31 October, 2014. Instead Wuaki.tv is planning to focus on digital retail and rental movies and TV shows, taking the opportunity to build a content library available on a range of connected living room and mobile devices.
UPC Cablecom launches SVoD service MyPrime to compete with NetflixSeptember 04, 2014Liberty Global-owned Swiss operator UPC Cablecom has launched a multiscreen offer - called My Prime on the brink of Netflix’s expansion in Europe. The service is available to UPC Cablecom customers with Horizon and DigiCard premium bundles – Plus and Super - for no...Subscribers Only
Netflix to continue European expansion with 6 new market launchesMay 14, 2014Netflix has confirmed plans to expand further in Europe later in 2014 by launching in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.Subscribers Only
Nippon TV to buy Japanese business of HuluMarch 10, 2014The Japanese division of online video service provider Hulu is to be acquired by Nippon Television Network Corporation in early spring 2014, subject to regulatory conditions and approval. For Nippon TV, which has already made the steps into the OTT world with transactional on-demand service NITTELE on demand and an ad-funded catch-up service, the acquisition of a subscription service such as Hulu serves as a further step into expanding its premium paid-for online video proposition.
YouTube to introduce offline viewing functionSeptember 24, 2013YouTube is to introduce a download-to-device option for users in November 2013. Option will allow users of the service to download specific videos to their smartphones or tablets for offline viewing for up to...
BBC iPlayer consumption sees tablets edge ahead of smartphones, both categories remain keyApril 23, 2013BBC iPlayer usage in the UK via tablets was higher than it was via mobile phones for the first time ever in March 2013. Collectively, tablets and mobile devices made up around 30 per cent of all iPlayer...
Sky Italia updates Sky Go service with new On Demand sectionDecember 03, 2012Sky Italia has introduced several changes to its OTT video service Sky Go: • A new 'On Demand' section has been introduced. Available on PCs and Macs, iOS and Samsung Galaxy tablets. Content range...
Google Play Movies available across more countries and devices, with retail business modelNovember 14, 2012Google has added South Korea to the list of countries offering movies in the Google Play Store, which now includes the US, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and Spain. It has also soft launched a...
Belgian broadcasters unite to form catch-up TV portal RumbleAugust 28, 2012The three main Flemish language broadcasters in Belgium - public broadcaster VRT, and two commercial networks, VMMa and SBS Belgium, have joined forces in a joint project - a catch-up TV portal called Rumble....
RTL/ProSiebenSat.1 joint venture ban is confirmed by German Higher Regional CourtAugust 09, 2012The Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf has backed an earlier decision by the German state supreme court in regards to the ban of the potential joint venture from RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 (See...
Apple sees YoY growth following strong iPad and iPhone salesJuly 26, 2012In the quarter ending 30 June 2012 Apple achieved revenues of $35bn representing a 23 per cent growth compared to the same period last year, but 11 per cent lower than the previous quarter's turnover. Net...
Rakuten Acquires Wuaki.tvJune 18, 2012
Japanese e-commerce group Rakuten continues to diversify its business with the acquisition of Spanish online video service Wuaki.tv. The acquisition marks Rakuten's first move into both the Spanish market and the online video sector.
Online video service Wuaki.tv offers digital movie rentals on the web and on a wide range of connected TVs from LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Philips. It has content agreements with all six Hollywood major studios and local distributors with more than 2000 movies and TV shows available to its users.
BSkyB acquires AcetraxMay 07, 2012UK satellite operator BSkyB has purchased Swiss-based transactional online movie service Acetrax, it was revealed in the pay-TV operator's first quarter 2012 results. The Acetrax app is built into LG, Samsung...
RTL/ProSiebenSat.1 joint online video service ban is confirmed by German courtApril 24, 2012Nearly two years after the initial service application was submitted (back in 2010), the online video service joint venture between RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 has finally been laid to rest. The German state...
Samsung signs content deal with SPI InternationalApril 04, 2012Independent film distributor and pay TV channel owner SPI International has signed a content deal with Samsung Electronics to deliver TV and movies via Samsung Smart TVs. SPI International, which has content...