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OTT VOD platform Zee5 goes international

Indian entertainment TV giant, Zee group is all set to launch its new OTT VOD platform, Zee5 in international markets in UK, US, and Asia. Successfully launched in India, Zee group is gearing up to export its video-on demand platform internationally. The OTT platform will be launched in Asian markets first, followed by US and …

OTT SVOD grows despite 20% giving up one service last year

According to a study by research firm Park Associates, around 20% of U.S homes having broadband have given up at least one OTT VOD platform in the last year. At the same time, the number of subscribers for SVOD is increasing, from 59% in 2014 to 64% in 2015. This indicates that people are trying out new …

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Chicago Adds Ridiculous 9% “Cloud Tax” on Netflix and Other Streaming Services

  VOD Platforms like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing how Americans consume media content. These wildly popular services enable ubiquitous and virtually instantaneous access to expansive catalogues of music, movies, and TV shows. Streaming is big business, and Chicago wants a piece of the action. On Sept. 1,the city’s controversial new “cloud tax” went …

Canadian Netflix rival snags Amazon originals

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive local rights to a raft of Amazon’s original programming. Shomi launched last year and is going up against Netflix and Latte in an increasingly competitive Canadian streaming market. Shomi has exclusive streaming rights and none of the shows has gone out on traditional linear TV either in Canada. The streaming …

Amazon opens free window for Transparent drama

Amazon is making its acclaimed drama series Transparent available in a day-long free window. The series launched last year on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video and marked the first time that the streaming service had launched an original using the Netflix simultaneous release model. The 10x30mins comedy-drama follows an elderly family patriarch (Tambur) who comes out as a …

HBO’s OTT service to shake up SVOD market

Roughly 17% of US broadband households would be likely to subscribe to HBO’s forthcoming over-the-top video service, according to new research by Parks Associates. The research firm said that among those likely to subscribe, 91% are currently pay TV subscribers, while roughly 50% would cancel their pay TV service after subscribing to HBO’s OTT service, which …

Showtime to launch in Canada

CBS Corp. will launch branded programming from its premium cable channel Showtime in Canada for the first time after a deal with local giant Bell Media. The exclusive, long-term licensing agreement means catalogue, current and future Showtime programming will roll out in English and French on Bell platforms, including new SVOD service Crave and premium pay …

Netflix partners with SVOD rival Shomi for Canadian original

Netflix and its streaming rival Shomi are joining forces to make Between, which will star kids TV favourite Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan and Resident Evil producer Don Carmody. City TV and Shomi, which are both part of the Rogers group, are partnering Netflix on the series. The move surprised some market watchers as …

Stan nabs Amazon series, launches ahead of Netflix

Stan has become the latest subscription video-on-demand service to roll out in Australia, beating streaming heavyweight Netflix, which will launch in the territory later this year. The new service is a joint venture between free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network and Fairfax Media. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video Streaming Platform to launch your own VoD Site? …

Amazon buys kids package from FremantleMedia

Amazon has acquired a package of seven kids and family titles from Fremantle Media for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. The SVOD player has bought Kate & Mim-Mim(pictured), children’s seriesTeam Toon, Alien Dawn,Really Me, The Aquabats Supershow! And Monsuno from FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided …

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