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Growth of streaming video killed Comcast-Time Warner deal 27 April 2015

What killed Comcast Corp.’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc.? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video on demand industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 US cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one …

Former BBC iPlayer boss: local TV is ‘years behind in its thinking’ 23 April 2015

The former BBC executive and video on demand technology expert who oversaw the launch of the iPlayer has criticized Ofcom’s implementation of local TV as being “years behind in its thinking” and argued that the concept of such a service delivered over the airwaves is “fundamentally wrong”. Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum event on …

Conviva: 1% Interruptions Lead to 14 Minutes of Lost Engagement 22 April 2015

While the quality of over-the-top video services is rising, so are viewer demands. Video optimization specialist Conviva released its 2015 Viewer Experience Report today, and the findings lay out challenges for OTT providers. Playback interruptions are the biggest problem for OTT video on demand systems, as each 1 percent of interruptions experienced leads to 14 …

Amazon buys kids package from FremantleMedia 29 January 2015

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 …

CEE SVOD service welcomes Secretary 23 January 2015

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 23 January 2015

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 22 January 2015

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, …

VOD – NOT A THREAT BUT AN OPPORTUNITY 21 January 2015

With The Interview raking in USD 34 million collections from online VoD collections, which is significantly higher than the USD 2 million it was able to manage in theatres across North America in the first 4 days following Christmas. Is a clear indication that 2015 will be the year when Video streaming sites & Platforms will …

Full seasons for new CBS drama quartet 21 January 2015

Stateside network CBS has given full season orders to all four of its latest dramas. Procedurals Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans, political drama Madam Secretary and dark thriller series Stalker have all been taken to series following strongs ratings performances. The shows are already racking up international sales, with Secretary just yesterday going to ex-Yugoslav countries SVOD …

Chinese Big Brother for VOD platform 21 January 2015

Online video platform Youku Tudou has commissioned China’s first ever version of Endemol’s flagship format Big Brother. Youku Tudou and a new Endemol Asia unit, Endemol China are collaborating on a ten-week series, Big Brother China. The series will go into production shortly ahead of an early 2015 launch. Youku Tudou, which formed out the merger of …

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