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SAG-AFTRA inks deal with new VOD service Zeus

SAG-AFTRA has signed an agreement with Zeus for a new subscription video on demand streaming service. The  ad-free streaming service will offer exclusive, premium original scripted and unscripted series and video content conceived, produced by and starring a roster of social media influencers. Gabrielle Carteris, President, SAG-AFTRA was quoted, “We are thrilled to partner with …

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Netflix teams up with KDDI for delivering video streaming service

Japan smartphone giant, KDDI Corp. has tied up with Netflix Inc. to introduce a smartphone service for delivering online video streaming service. The deal will give access to people to watch Netflix movies and other online original content. The Tokyo-based mobile phone carrier is aiming to increase the subscribers by letting people watch one of …

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YuppTV inks deal to broadcast original content from ALTBalaji

OTT platform, YuppTV has signed a deal with ALTBalaji to broadcast its premium original content across the globe. Balaji Telefilms-owned VoD platform, ALTBalaji offers original shows in different Indian languages, entertaining original shows for children, and is available in over 90 countries. Uday Reddy, Founder and CEO, YuppTV quoted, “We are glad to partner with …

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Hulu to focus on Shorter Videos to take on Facebook and YouTube

Hulu is well known for its streaming Video-on-Demand (VOD) service featuring full-length episodes of TV shows along with an array of original series. In 2018, Hulu, however, has planned to come up with short-form content whose primary objective is to counter Facebook and YouTube. According to Hulu, the new offering termed as “emerging content” would …

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Viu to release original Arabic content

PCCW-owned video-on-demand (VOD) service Viu is all set to introduce original Arabic content for viewers in the Middle East. The streaming service has already launched Viu Originals in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, with more than 3,000 hours of original content across Asia. These countries will now be joined by Arab nations such …

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Apple to invest $4.2 billions on original content

According to a report by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster, Apple might end up investing around $4.2 billion in original content by 2022. Munster sees the company rebranding Apple Music in the next 2-3 years to grow beyond just songs. An excerpt from his report reads, “Apple should be able to quickly expand their sub …

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BIGFlix partners with Atrium TV to include original programming

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment’s video-on-demand platform BIGFLIX has entered into a content partnership agreement with Atrium TV. With this deal, BIGFLIX will exclusively stream Atrium’s drama series in future. Atrium TV is a new content commissioning club, founded by former Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer and DRG chairman Jeremy Fox. It sources high-end drama series …

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Original content Drive OTT Subscriptions

According to Magid Media Futures study, original and exclusive programming is the driving factor for consumers when they decide to subscribe to an over-the-top video service. Andrew Hare, VP of research for Magid, in an interview with Digital News Daily, said “The real value, not only for Netflix but for emerging players, is becoming an …

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LinkedIn evaluating a move into original programming

According to a report, social network major LinkedIn is considering a move into original programming. Being a social media service aimed at business professionals, that primarily acts as a networking platform, this would be a diversification to an unrelated business for the company. During a discussion at The Information’s Subscriber Summit in San Francisco, LinkedIn …

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Netflix New Zealand gets a push with original content

Thanks to its original shows like Ozark which became hugely popular in New Zealand this month as per Parrot Analytics, of the top 10 shows produced for online audiences, 8 of the programmes were screened by Netflix in New Zealand. This list excluded shows like Game of Thrones and Shortland St that were produced initially …

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