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FCC looks to rejuvenate Pay-TVs with ‘Net Neutrality’

The #fcc has a mission: To promote the rapid deployment of high-speed Internet. Under this mission, codified in Section 706 of the Communications Act, it’s seen fit to knock down what it sees as barriers to the rollout of #broadband. The FCC’s net neutrality rules partly lean on this power. And it’s also what the agency is using to …

Netflix on way to Moscow amidst Russian crisis

While some global entertainment giants are pulling out of Russia, Netflix is considering a move into the troubled territory. Last month, NBCUniversal became the latest showbiz conglom to say that it would withdraw from the channels market in Russia. The economic downturn, made worse by sanctions and falling oil revenue, and legislative changes — including a …

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virginand CBS drama Madam Secretary. Furthermore, Californication will be available in its entirety as a SVOD product for the first time, and classic shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series and Twilight …

CBS scores FIC Sweden deal

Fox International Channels Sweden has scored a multi-year programming agreement with the distribution arm of US broadcaster CBS. The deal with CBS Studios International will see CBS show including Madam Secretary and Scorpion (pictured) launch exclusively on new Swedish pay TV channel Fox. Other series included are rerun rights to The Good Wife and Numbers. This includes …

Ukraine’s Digital Screens relaunches OTT

Ukrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service. The digital TV service has over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue. Its parent, MGU, is of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels. OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and …

Walking Dead feasts on social media

The Walking Dead generated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. Twitter users are in fact watching just as much, if not more traditional content (i.e. broadcast and cable) as non-users. The most notable differentiator between the two groups is that Twitter …

Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth

Revenue from electronic home video streaming will surpass discs in 2016. In 2017, digital home video will overtake movie theatres as the largest contributor to US film, hitting  $17 billion. Consumers are going to have more access to channels and more choice as to how they consume media.  Devices will no longer be the blocker,  as desktop, laptop, …

Denmark’s TDC preps on-demand launch

Danish telco TDC plans to launch a comprehensive transactional video-on-demand and electronic sell-through service using the Blockbuster brand it acquired at the start of 2014, TBI sister title Digital TV Europe has learned. The service will launch in some time, with a much deeper range of titles than originally envisaged. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video …

Netflix buys ITV Studios dramas for Europe

Netflix has acquired several drama series from ITV Studios Global Entertainment for its services in the Benelux, France and Germany. The US-listed video streaming service has picked up exclusive SVOD rights to five seasons of Irish gangster series Love/Hate which goes out on RTE in Ireland. Netflix has 31.7 million paid subscribers! What are you still waiting …

Laughter track

The content that people watch on YouTube and other online video streaming platforms, viewing is so driven by comedy. It’s not half-hours, it’s clips, but it’s interesting for the comedy world. Netflix is also opening up opportunities for comedy genre. There is definitely an appetite at the SVOD services to use comedy to reach a young …

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