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Sling TV debuts in Puerto Rico 30 January 2018

Sling TV, the OTT platform of Dish Network has expanded its service to Puerto Rico. The platform will compete with the incumbent cable operator, Liberty Global. Sling TV said that it will be offering all of its services and packages, including its two core offerings —  Sling Orange ($20 per month) and Sling Blue ($25 …

Dutch TVOD platform Pathe Thuis enters 1 million club 24 January 2018

Dutch TVOD platform, Pathe Thuis has successfully registered over 1.3 million subscribers in The Netherlands. Although the company refused to reveal the number of active users, it hailed 2017 as a good year with revenue growth of 50 %. Pathe Thuis, launched in 2011 with 85 films and documentaries as part of its initial content …

Times Bridge to mentor Mubi in India 22 January 2018

The investment firm, Times Bridge has lent its support as an investor and mentor for the film website Mubi which seeks an expansion in the Indian market. Times Bridge will provide assistance in terms of insights into audience trends and counsel Mubi on strategic aspects such as brand positioning, engagement potential, monetization, and public policy, …

ZEEL’s VoD platform set to launch in Feb 22 January 2018

ZEEL’s (Video-on-Demand) VoD platform ZEE5 is all set to be launched in February. Speaking of the Q3 results, the company quoted that the digital platforms are driving incremental video consumption which represents another growth opportunity for content monetization. ZEE5 will substitute the existing subscription and ad-based platforms Ditto TV and OZEE and the subscribers of …

BritBox, ITV, and All3Media form the biggest British content streaming service in US 19 January 2018

BritBox, the (subscription video-on-demand) SVOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV have signed a third-party deal with All3media International to boost British streaming TV in the US. BritBox explained the move as part of its plan to continue to make alliances designed to bolster an ever-growing content library with almost 300 hours of iconic titles. …

VOXI offers free data for Netflix and Apple Music 18 January 2018

VOXI, as part of its SIM-only deal, is offering free video and music data passes for six months. The deal is only meant for user aged 25 or below. The Music Pass which costs  £5 a month can be used to play music on Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Prime Music. …

Sun Direct offers free membership to its video-on-demand platform Sun NXT 17 January 2018

Amidst the consolidations and shutdowns, Sun Direct, in its quest to hold on to its subscriber base, has announced free membership of its (video-on-demand) VOD platform Sun NXT. Sun Direct which has a strong subscriber base in the South, has made the service available to active Cinema Plus, Mega Pack, and World Pack subscribers. The …

Netflix becomes the top earning non-game mobile app 16 January 2018

According to a report, Netflix registered a gross subscriber revenue of nearly $510 million in 2017, representing a 138% increase in total user spending in the app since 2016. The number which is about 2.4 times the previous year’s, has made Netflix, the highest grossing non-game app on Apple’s store. However, on Google Play it …

VOD and Fibre-optic Internet subscription boost parallelly in Kenya 10 January 2018

Following the aggressive investment in expanding internet connection to Kenyan households, fiber-optic internet subscriptions almost tripled in 2017. The growing residential fiber connections have been associated with the advent of over-the-top content providers in Kenya. VOD services have been growing in Kenya and currently, Showmax, iFlix, iROKOtv, and Amazon Prime Video have a prominent presence …

Apple’s new content streaming system to support both on-demand and live stream 03 January 2018

In an interesting development from tech giant Apple, the company has filed a patent for a content streaming system that would support both on-demand and live streaming content. The patent which is named as “Real-Time or Near Real-Time Streaming” has a system that “can use a playlist file, in one embodiment, that includes an indicator …

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