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SVOD market in France grows by 40%

SVOD users in France have grown by 40% in 2017. Among the major drivers are Netflix, Canalplay, SFR Play, and Amazon Prime Video. According to ratings institute Médiamétrie, around 21% of Internet users now subscribe to SVOD services, up from 15% last year. In the current SVOD scenario in France, players have raised their brand …

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Spotify acquires online music studio Soundtrap

Music streaming service, Spotify has now acquired online music studio startup Soundtrap. The Stockholm-based company makes freemium, cloud-based, collaborative music and podcast; in a recording studio that includes its own collection of loops. The move signals Spotify’s intentions to diversify into music creation and not just limit itself to its distribution.

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Public binge-watching trends up

A recent study by Netflix reveals that 67% of users are comfortable watching their shows in public, even if it creates social awkwardness. Also, 37% admit to watching at work and 12% are willing to watch even in a public restroom. That’s how important mobile access has become for bingers while on-the-go. Although it might …

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70 Million US households now have a streaming device on connected-TV

According to Nielsen Total Audience Report, in the past year, as many as 8.8 million U.S new households have added connected TV devices and the total count has reached 69.5 million, which accounts for 58.7% of all US homes. The report focussed on the growth of connected-TV devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, …

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Deezer supports lossless audio streaming on new desktop app

Music streaming service Deezer rolled out a new desktop app for macOS that offers high-definition lossless audio content in the FLAC format. With this app, users no longer have to open up a new browser and will be able to listen to all their music in high-definition audio by selecting the option under the sound …

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Netflixing in public becomes a social norm

According to a recent survey by Netflix, binge-watching in public is the new trend. The company has released some figures that show that people have moved on from binge-watching in their homes. The new popular places to watch Netflix, are on planes, buses, or while commuting. The study reveals that 67% of viewers will risk …

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Discovery launches OTT service DPLAY in Spain

Discovery has launched a free streaming service called DPLAY, that allows viewers to watch on-demand content, documentaries, and TV series from the DMax channel on multiple devices. DPLAY.es viewers will also be able to personalize content with their own playlists, save their selections, rate content, and receive notifications. With the launch of the service, Discovery …

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Sprint set to bundle with Hulu’s SVOD service

Sprint will soon start to bundle Hulu’s SVOD offering with its Unlimited Freedom plan. This plan shall include HD streaming and 10 GB limit per month per line of mobile hotspot data. The deal shall focus on offering Hulu’s subscription plan with limited commercials at $7.99 per month. Both the companies also plan to offer …

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Amazon to roll out new AVOD service

Amazon Prime is reportedly considering to roll out a new video service that would be completely free and will be backed by an Ad-supported revenue model.  The service will be outside of the Prime Video umbrella and subscribers will be able to access both the libraries in two different apps. Amazon is reportedly in talks …

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Windstream ties up with DirecTV Now to deliver OTT content

Windstream has struck a partnership to carry AT&T’s DirecTV Now service to its consumer segment. The telco is set to deliver the DirecTV Now service under its Kinetic brand, which it created to house its broadband and entertainment offerings. Windstream aims to scale up from “a phone and Internet provider” to “a premium broadband and …

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