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Video streaming services to topple the US Box Office apple cart by 2017

Online VoD service providers such as Netflix and Hulu will make more money per year than the US movie box office by 2017, according to a new report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report projects that streaming services will be the biggest contributor to the American filmed entertainment industry in four years, as the revenue generated by TV and subscription …

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 …

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 …

Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV

British drama is currently the toast of Los Angeles and New York, with shows like The Missing from the BBC and Starz and ITV’s Grantchester launching recently to great critical acclaim, following on from the success of Broadchurch. The major cable channels backing of original UK drama is big news – whether it’s in the original British …

CEE SVOD service welcomes Secretary

Eastern European region SVOD service Pickbox.tv has acquired exclusive rights to new season CBS shows Madam Secretary and Extant. Pickbox, which operates in the former Yugoslav countries, has already made political thriller Madam Secretary (pictured) available on its Hotbox section, in which subscribers are able to watched subtitled new episodes 24 hours after their US premiers. …

iZombie invades Canuck Netflix rival

New Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive streaming local rights to Rob Thomas’s upcoming drama iZombie. The series will launch on US broadcast network The CW in the 2014-15 season, following the exploits of a young female medical student who becomes a zombie after being attacked at a party. It will be available on Shomi …

Online retailer readies Amazon OTT challenger

US-based online retail company Overstock.com has revealed an Amazon Prime Instant Video rival at the NATPE conference in Miami. Overstock, which claims around 25 million to 40 million unique users a month, plans to launch a video-on-demand service with more than 30,000 titles, according to its CEO, Patrick Byrne. The VOD service is to go live mid-2015, …

Netflix to complete global expansion in two years

Netflix has said it plans to complete its global expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries. Netflix said that it plans to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late Q1 2015 and will launch in “additional major countries” later this year. The SVOD …

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