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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. …

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 …

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 …

Netflix Unveils Seal of Approval for Streaming-Optimized TVs 07 January 2015

Netflix wants smart TVs to be less dumb: The streaming service will unveil a new seal of approval at CES in Las Vegas Monday that is meant to highlight TVs optimized for streaming video. TVs that feature the new “Netflix-recommended TV” logo will feature easier navigation, a snappier performance of the Netflix app and other …

Muvi Studio launches MaaFlix.com on its Video on demand (VoD) Platform 06 January 2015

Muvi launches MaaFlix.com on its Video on demand (VoD) Platform Muvi is proud to announce the launch of MaaFlix.com – a Video on demand (VoD) site build for Maa Television Network (Maa TV) using its technology platform which allows video content owners like TV Studios and Networks, Movie & TV Production Houses and video content …

Disney spending more time in Camp Lakebottom 06 January 2015

Disney has acquired the second season of toon series Camp Lakebottom for several of its channels. The second 26x22mins run of the animated comedy show has been acquired by Disney Channels Asia. The series is distributed by 9 Story, which struck the Disney deals. The show debuted on Teletoon in Canada and Disney XD in the US …

Netflix’s Lilyhammer Heads to Sky Atlantic 06 January 2015

Lilyhammer, the first original drama ordered by Netflix, has been acquired by the Sky Atlantic pay TV channel in Italy. Sky Atlantic has acquired all three seasons of the drama, which stars Steve Van Sandt as a mobster relocated to a previously peaceful Norwegian town of Lillehammer. Netflix has 31.7 million paid subscribers! What are you …

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