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Naspers create VOD unit as online streaming battle intensifies 10 August 2018

Global internet and media group, Naspers has created a new OTT video unit in order to counter competition from global VOD players such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc. To counter this stiff competition, Naspers has partnered its VOD business Showmax Africa and Internet TV service Dstv Digital Media to form a VOD unit called …

VOD streaming platform TBH all set to launch in South Africa 20 July 2018

New video on demand service named TBH is all set to launch in South Africa. The platform will offer original South African, broader African content, along with a mix of Hollywood movies and series. With its launch, TBH is most likely to compete with leading streaming services such as MultiChoice, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and …

Sony cracks down on video-on-demand service Crackle in Canada 22 June 2018

Japanese multinational conglomerate, Sony will be shutting down its video-on-demand service Crackle in Canada. Crackle offers users free content – including original series, TV shows and films – via an advertising-funded model. The Canada rollout follows the UK rollout in 2014. The end of Crackle service comes as Bell Media introduces new free, ad-supported video-on-demand …

PBR launches new video-on-demand service RidePass 14 February 2018

Professional Bull Riders (PBR) launched RidePass, a 24*7 over-the-top (OTT) online video streaming platform which will offer comprehensive PBR and western sports content. The online video platform will have 500 hours of exclusive live event coverage, news and opinions and original series as well.The video-on-demand (VoD) service will be available via web and mobile apps …

Roku reveals key trends for Streaming Day 22 May 2017

A survey by Roku was released to celebrate Streaming Day on 20 May that was based on finding who and what influences people most when it comes to deciding what to watch. Some of its findings were: 56% of respondents felt that adverts suggesting television content was a major influencer for what they watched. Millennial …

Greek telco OTE launches catch-up and VOD services 05 October 2016

A Greek telco OTE owned by Deutsche Telekom has launched an OTT platform consisting of catch-up TV as well as video on demand service, which will be available to the OTE TV subscribers at no extra charge. The new service will offer Movies and TV series featuring on OTE Cinema channels along with the OTE History …

Limelight says OTT services are surging in popularity 19 July 2016

According to its latest State of Online Video report, 38.4 percent of those surveyed subscribe to 1 service, 18.8 percent subscribe to 2, and over 10 percent subscribe to 3 or more. Only 31.2 percent don’t have any OTT subscriptions. Compare those numbers to the May 2015, when 36.9 percent subscribed to 1 service, 14.0 …

Percentage of homes with access to both SVOD service and a DVR rose more than 4 points 30 June 2016

Streaming video subscriptions are now just as common in U.S. homes as digital video recorders, according to new research from Nielsen. Half of U.S. TV households had a subscription-based video on demand service such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime in the first quarter, on par with the number of homes that have a DVR, according …

Netflix still dominates video streaming, representing 35.2% of traffic in North America 24 June 2016

Amazon, the e-commerce giant notoriously hungry to break into hot new markets, is quickly rising the ranks to compete with industry titans like Netflix. Amazon Video is now the third most-streamed online video on demand service, behind Netflix and Youtube, according to a new internet usage report from Sandvine. The network hardware company’s twice annual Global …

VOD subscribers for iQIYI double since 2015 17 June 2016

The number of subscribers to iQIYI’s video-on-demand service has doubled since the beginning of December 2015 which, says a company statement, signifies ‘a significant trend in China that more people are willing to pay for good content’. “Reaching the 20 million in paid subscription indicates the strong demand among Chinese online viewers for paid video …

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