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Amazon Prepares Fall Season in UK 09 January 2015

Amazon has acquired UK SVOD rights to serial killer drama series The Fall. Endemol Shine Group sells The Fall and struck the UK streaming deal. Amazon has launched the six-episode first season of the scripted series on its Prime Instant video service today. In US, Netflix recently acquired streaming rights to the show, which was a ratings hit for …

Netflix to Drive Digital Spending in Netherlands 09 January 2015

Digital video expenditure is forecast to exceed consumer spending on packaged media in the Netherlands this year, driven by pay TV, video-on-demand and Netflix, according to research by Futuresource Consulting. According to Futuresource, digital expenditure will account for 66% of home video expenditure this year, with the overall digital video market set to grow by …

Grocers’ Digital Dreams: Sainsbury’s launching VOD 08 January 2015

UK’s number-three supermarket is preparing to turn itself in to an online movie and TV rental service, as it vies with with leader Tesco on digital devices. Sainsbury’s is contracting video tech firm Rovi to power video on demand and for download in a service due to launch later this year under its new Sainsbury’s Entertainment brand. …

Domino’s Aims To Eat in to Netflix with its Own VOD Offering 08 January 2015

When is a fast-food company also a streaming film outlet? When it offers customers both at the same time online. In UK, Domino’s has launched what it’s calling Pizza Box Office, an initiative giving online pizza orderers their choice of complementary movie streamed to PC, Mac or tablet. The initiative is designed to incentivise ecommerce orders and …

Little-Known Viewster Scores Big With Free Movies and TV Shows 08 January 2015

Zurich-based online video startup Viewster managed to break into comScore’s list of the Top 50 U.S. video properties for the first time in February, attracting more unique viewers than Sony’s Crackle and the video sites of both ABC and Fox. Viewster attracted 8.3 million unique U.S.-based viewers, who viewed close to 200 million videos on the site. …

Amazon Instant launches in Japan 08 January 2015

Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in Japan Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The offering has 26,000 movies and TV show episodes available for rent and purchase, but Amazon isn’t currently offering a Prime Instant-like subscription to Japanese customers. The launch …

Vimeo invests another $10 million in premium VOD content 07 January 2015

One year after launching its VOD platform, Vimeo is doubling down on paid content by earmarking a total of $10 million for videographers who want to sell their productions through its site. Vimeo now offers more than 6,000 videos for sale through Vimeo on Demand, ranging from indie movies to instructional videos to even serialized fare. …

Google Brings its Play Movies Video Service to 39 New Countries 07 January 2015

Google just rolled out its Play Movies service, which offers Hollywood Blockbusters for rent or sale, in a whole bunch of additional countries — 39, to be precise, including a number of countries in Central and South America, Europe and Africa. This means that Google Play Movies is now available in about 60 countries around …

Tubi TV Wants to Take on Crackle With Free Movies and TV Shows 07 January 2015

Tubi TV is a new streaming app from San Francisco-based connected TV startup adRise. Tubi TV is already available on Amazon’s new Fire TV and plans to launch on Roku and Xbox 360 in the coming days. Tubi TV’s ambitious goal is to become the largest library of free movies and TV shows. Netflix subscribers will recognize some …

Every Second Cord Cutter has a Netflix Subscription 07 January 2015

Netflix announced a major deal with Dish last month that will bring Netflix app to Dish’s Hopper DVR. 48 percent of all households without a pay TV subscription have Netflix. And 59 percent of cable households have used their TV provider’s VOD service before, compared to just 46 percent five years ago. Netflix has 31.7 million paid …

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