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Amazon introduces 4K HDR version of its streaming stick

Amazon is going to be launching a 4K HDR version of the Amazon Fire TV stick. The streaming dongle was announced alongside an entire range of new Alexa-enabled products and it will include a revamped, more powerful version of the bigger Amazon Fire TV. It is going to be launching a 4K HDR version of …

Amazon to sign up for multi-year development deal with Gilmore Girls show

Amazon has entered a multi-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon today announced that critically-acclaimed multi-hyphenates Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino (Gilmore Girls) have entered a multi-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. The two season green light of upcoming Amazon Original Series that debuts on Prime Video will debut this autumn on Prime Video.

Decline in US pay-TV to 79% of households

According to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), 79% of US TV households nationwide subscribe to some form of pay-TV service. The percentage of TV households that subscribe to a pay-TV service is on the decline from 84% in 2014 to 79% in 2017. Two thirds of TV households do not currently subscribe …

Netflix to spend $500 million in the next 5 years on Canadian content

According to a report from CBC, Netflix is set to spend atleast $500 million over the next 5 years for funding original Canadian content. This would perhaps benefit both Netflix as well as the federal government. The Canadian government has been pressured by traditional TV providers for imposing a tax on the popular streaming service …

Global pay-TV subscriber base hits 1.05BN at the end of Q2 2017

60 million customers were added to the total number of pay-TV customers in the first half of the year according to research from Dataxis. IPTV and Linear Over the Top represent the major growth in the market of 1.05 billion with a per quarter growth of 24% and 44% respectively. Only 1% of the total …

Pay-TV service subscriptions drop to below four-fifths

According to research from Leichtman Research Group, the percentage of TV households that subscribe to some form of pay-TV service has dropped to below 80% for the first time since early 2000s. 79% of US TV households undertake pay-TV with 92% of TV households that have a pay-TV service and/or an over-the-air antenna. Pay-TV percentage …

Netflix to offer streaming service in airlines

Netflix has announced its plan to collaborate with airlines and share their mobile streaming technology with them. The airline’s in-flight Wi-Fi would let passengers download and stream their favorite shows on their own devices while they are traveling to their destination. Carriers can save up to 75% on bandwidth costs. Wi-Fi is now brought to …

Demand Africa SVOD service to be introduced in October

A new streaming video service, Demand Africa will be launched and will offer 300+ hours of streaming original and acquired lifestyle content and will expand in the following months to include hundreds of hours of scripted TV series and movies. In addition to premium HD streaming video, Demand Africa will feature free access to short-form …

Golden Karavan launched to create a stir in the Indian OTT market

Golden Karavan which is being touted as the potential Netflix of India is being launched. The company believes that since there is a drought of quality content, combining resources of US and India would enable filling this gap. The service is claimed to be a first-of-its kind, Indian-focused OTT TV Company. This service is intended …

Russia’s SPB TV collaborates with China Daily for on demand content

The China Daily will collaborate with Russia’s SPB TV for producing digital content for it’s Over the Top (OTT) platform. The two companies have signed a license agreement granting international rights on Video on Demand (VOD) content, consisting of entertainment, documentaries, and news. The content provided in English or local languages will be made available …

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