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Americans stream away in shifting TV landscape 04 May 2015

Streaming television is now mainstream, although it has not caused many people to “cut the cord” for traditional pay TV. Not yet, anyway. More than half of Americans now stream movies or television programs using the Internet and video streaming software solutions, according to various surveys. The vast majority of American households subscribe to cable or satellite …

All about PlayReady 3.0, Microsoft’s secret plan to lock down 4K movies to your PC 27 April 2015

Microsoft is also dangling promises for consumers: Buy a Windows 10 system with PlayReady, Microsoft says, and you’ll be able to view Hollywood’s latest movies in all their 4K glory. Without Microsoft’s hardware DRM technology—pay attention, those of you with older PCs—you may only be able to view a lower-quality version of the film. Yeah, it’s complicated. …

Canadian Netflix rival snags Amazon originals 30 January 2015

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive local rights to a raft of Amazon’s original programming. Shomi launched last year and is going up against Netflix and Latte in an increasingly competitive Canadian streaming market. Shomi has exclusive streaming rights and none of the shows has gone out on traditional linear TV either in Canada. The streaming …

HBO’s OTT service to shake up SVOD market 30 January 2015

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 …

Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV 29 January 2015

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 …

BBC Worldwide strikes trio of Chile deals 23 January 2015

BBC Worldwide has struck three deals with Chilean broadcasters and platforms for its content. Chilean cabler VTR, meanwhile, agreed its first-ever deal with Worldwide. It bought a package of kids content for its SVOD service including preschool series Sarah & Duck. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided by sites like YouTube …

NATPE: US viewers flocking to streaming 22 January 2015

A new study from NATPE and CEA says that over 70% of US consumers have streamed full-length TV shows in the past six months with Netflix the category leader. Comedy was top among Millennials and 57% of those surveyed in that demo said Netflix was their first choice for comedy. The SVOD subs are also more positive …

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 …

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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