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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 …

Half of Non-Pay TV US consumers have Netflix

Some 36% of pay TV subscribers and 48% of non-subscribers now subscribe to Netflix, according to a US study by Leichtman Research Group. According to the ‘On-Demand TV 2014: A Nationwide Study on VOD and DVRs’ research, 36% of Netflix subscribers stream video daily and 72% do so weekly – up substantially from 2010 when the …

Canal+ Plans Pay Option for OTT

French pay TV operator Canal+’s recently formed over-the-top arm, Canal OTT, is moving forwards with plans to launch new paid for on-demand services next year targeted specifically at tablet users, according to Canal OTT director Manuel Alduy. The new pay VoD services would form a third leg to the unit’s strategy alongside its free offering …

VOD Sales of $31m for Sony’s Interview

Video-on-demand sales of Sony Pictures Entertainment feature film The Interview have raked in more than US$31 million since its release. The film was pulled from various cinema chains after becoming the centre of the brutal cyber attack on US studio Sony, but was subsequently released via VOD platforms and on a limited number of cinema screens. Digital …

Netflix to Drive Digital Spending in Netherlands

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

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. …

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