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Netflix Discards Offline viewing, Doubles On Public Wi-Fi 18 December 2014

There had been some hope that Netflix might offer its users the ability to download shows, and watch them in much the same way Spotify offers offline listening. But these hopes have been dashed by the company. Netflix subscribers must be connected to the Internet any time they want to watch their favorite shows. Looking to clone …

Netflix Now on Dish’s Hopper in First Big pay-TV Partnership 18 December 2014

Subscribers to Dish’s satellite TV service can now access Netflix right from their set-top box. The partnership is a major strategic coup for the online video service and reflects a new level of integration between online and traditional TV. Netflix will now appear for all Dish customers using a second-generation Hopper box and will feature the same user interface as …

ARRIS Adds Portico TV to OTT Content Bouquet 17 December 2014

ARRIS Group will add Net2TV Corp’s streaming television service, Portico TV, to its over-the-top (OTT) content library beginning early in 2015. ARRIS is a leader in delivering the content that consumers want, whenever and wherever they want it as claimed by its CEO Tom Morgan. Net2TV’s Portico TV service offers special interest categories including food, entertainment, sports, news, …

Presto lines up HBO, Showtime shows for SVOD 16 December 2014

The Foxtel/Network 7 joint venture Presto Entertainment has agreed content deals with HBO and Showtime for its new Australian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. HBO hit TV shows The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, along with Girls, Veep, Band of Brothers and The Pacific, will be available exclusively via online streaming platform in …

Oz VOD Service Stan Announce SBS Content Coup 11 December 2014

Stan, the new video-on-demand service from Australia’s StreamCo Media, has signed a deal with public broadcaster SBS for rights to stream a raft of international films and TV series. Stan has already sealed a deal with Sony, which involves the streaming rights to the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul and the critically acclaimed Amazon drama …

Canal+ Series Changes VOD Habbits 11 December 2014

A year after Canal+ launched the premium channel, series have become the most downloaded content on Yomvi, the company’s VOD and online video platform. Almost half the downloads are of the 1,200-plus series which are available via the service. The series are consumed 70% more on-demand than when first broadcast, indicating audience demand for more …

US TV Audiences Decline as SVOD Ramps Up 09 December 2014

Viewership for US TV networks is dropping across the board. Subscription VOD on the other hand, like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus, increased by around 12 minutes per day in the same period. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and Vimeo? Launch your OWN Video Streaming or VoD Platform with the …

Swisscom launches Teleclub Play flat-rate IPTV, Mobile Service 09 December 2014

Swisscom has launched Teleclub Play a new flat-rate IPTV and mobile video offering. The service will offer all Swisscom TV 2.0 customers access to more than 5,000 films, TV programmes and sporting events from their home or on the move. International series will include Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Lost and The Big C while films …

Russian VOD Market Booms 09 December 2014

In Russia, video-on-demand services have come to replace home video distributed on physical media. Changes in state support for the film industry, plus more and more financing in the form of loans by the country’s cinema fund have contributed to a rapidly advancing VOD market as per a survey. Get your own Video Streaming Platform up and …

Americans Ditch traditional TV, Stream more Internet-based Video 08 December 2014

Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well. About 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018. Content is …

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