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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 …

Laughter track

The content that people watch on YouTube and other online video streaming platforms, viewing is so driven by comedy. It’s not half-hours, it’s clips, but it’s interesting for the comedy world. Netflix is also opening up opportunities for comedy genre. There is definitely an appetite at the SVOD services to use comedy to reach a young …

Nets accept Sony’s Marry Me proposals

Broadcasters such as MTG, RTE and OSN have bought American romantic comedy series Marry Me from Sony Pictures Television. MTG has taken rights for its free TV channels and SVOD service, Viaplay, in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, while Ireland’s RTE has picked up the NBC show for RTE2. Marry Me follows a couple that decide to finally …

Streaming Could replace TV viewing

TV viewing is in danger of being replaced by video streaming services as the primary platform of long-form programming watching among Millennial audiences, according to new research. Research study shows that just 55% of Millennials aged between 13 and 34 consider TV as their primary viewing platform. In its place, streaming devices are set to dominate …

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 …

Amazon Prepares Fall Season in UK

Amazon has acquired UK SVOD rights to serial killer drama series The Fall. Endemol Shine Group sells The Fall and struck the UK streaming deal. Amazon has launched the six-episode first season of the scripted series on its Prime Instant video service today. In US, Netflix recently acquired streaming rights to the show, which was a ratings hit for …

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 …

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