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Showmax says Good Bye to the Polish Market

The Naspers SVOD platform Showmax is all set to shut its operation in Poland. The company will be focusing on the African market. The video streaming service was launched in February last year with local partnerships with Play, T-Mobile, and Vectra. spearheaded by former Google executive Maciej Sojka, the Warsaw-based localized service offered international and …

Smithsonian Networks introduces new SVOD service

In an effort to reach cord-cutters, Smithsonian Networks has launched Smithsonian Channel Plus. The new SVOD platform has 1,000-plus hours of streaming nonfiction programming which will be available at $5 per month. The new subscription VOD service incorporates Smithsonian Earth, the company’s $3.99-monthly SVOD service which was introduced three years ago with content focusing on …

Podcasts and Music Streaming Services push Radio to back seat

Cars and smartphones go hand in hand nowadays. A recent research claims the wireless links between cars and mobile devices have led music streaming services and podcast to be the first choice over the traditional radio service. The study claims one in six drivers now chooses to listen to a podcast, audiobook, or downloaded or …

MTV+ enters Germany & Austrian OTT market through Prime Video

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) recently launched MTV+ on OTT giant Prime Video channels in Germany & Austria wherein the video streaming platform’s subscribers will have access to the channel for €2,99 per month on their existing Prime membership. A free 14-day trial option is also there for subscribers before they take the final call …

AMC’s Acorn TV expands globally

Acorn TV, operated by AMC division RLJ Entertainment has debuted in 10 new European countries and Caribbean countries including countries such as Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, The Dominican Republic, and Guyana. The video-on-demand (VOD) service is available online at acorn.tv or via Apple TV, Android, iPhone, iPads and Roku streaming players. Matthew Graham, Senior VP …

Cinedigm takes over Viewster

US-based entertainment company has is all set to acquire global OTT service Viewster and its subsidiary Viewster Anime. The fandom of the newly added channels will soon be combined with Cinedigm’s library of channels and content. Cinedign will soon be taking over operation of all content, social assets, applications of both the platforms. The acquisition …

Regional content may drive OTT consumption to 75% by 2021

According to research, 75% of content will be consumed on OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms in 2021. The major driver of this growth will be regional content. OTT apps’ surge has made entertainment an activity where people spend most of their mobile data on. On-demand video platforms have crossed 100mn+ users in India with Hotstar leading the …

Deezer Bets on Programmatic Ads to Boost Free Tier Revenues

Deezer has partnered with Triton Digital to monetize its free ad-supported tier with programmatic audio advertising. Triton is one of the biggest providers of audio advertising in the industry. Deezer says the new partnership will improve advertising efficiency and bring more value to various brands through its non-paying customers. Audio buyers can now establish real-time …

RTL Group to focus on SVOD services

In the recent RTL Group Management Summit 2018, that brought together over 90 executives across the Group in Luxembourg, it stated that it will focus on stronger organic growth by expanding its Video-on-Demand (VoD) services through significant investments into more local, exclusive content, and into a joint VOD tech platform. In 2019, RTL Group will …

Viacom Plans ‘Multifaceted’ Approach To OTT In 2019

Viacom is all-in on embracing over-the-top video, but the company is forging what CEO Bob Bakish believes is a “differentiated strategy” than some of its competitors. The differentiated OTT strategy is built on three pillars: direct-to-consumer streaming services, digital studios that sell content to other streaming services, and OTT streaming bundles such as Philo and …

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