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YouTube ramps up movie rental service

YouTube ramps up movie rental service

YouTube is dramatically expanding its movie rental service with the addition of 3,000 titles from major Hollywood studios, positioning the online video service to capitalise on the growing number of…

VOD:TV set for SA launch

A video-on-demand service is set to make its debut in South Africa. VOD:TV, formed by the SouthTel Group, is promising to offer the latest movies and TV series before Multichoice-owned…

Viewster launch across Europe with Motorola

VoD movie service Viewster will launch its Android app across 30 European markets through a new partnership with Motorola.  Motorola will carry the Viewster app on the Motorola ATRIX smartphone…

Universal and Multimedia Polska launch PictureBox

Universal Pictures and Multimedia Polska have launched NBCUniversal’s movies-on-demand subscription service PictureBox in Poland.  The Multimedia Polska launch marks the second launch for the service in Poland.  PictureBox is also…

Hollywood directors’ Home Premiere concerns

Hollywood directors’ Home Premiere concerns

Following DirecTV’s announcement that it would be the first pay-TV platform to launch the Home Premiere premium video on demand service, a group of prominent movie directors, including James Cameron…

Tesco shops for blinkbox

In a move designed to position it for the next stage in the Internet-driven revolution in home entertainment, supermarket chain Tesco has acquired a majority stake in video-on-demand pioneer blinkbox.…

DirecTV early VoD window confirmed

DirecTV has made its premium VoD plans official, becoming the first pay TV service in the US to offer early-release movies about 60 days after their theatrical debut. The company…

US cinemas threaten boycott for VOD studios

US cinemas threaten boycott for VOD studios

The main cinema chains in the US are threatening to not show films if the studios proceed with plans to show movies “on-demand” less than two months after release. Warner…

Netflix spends $90m on Mad Men

Netflix spends $90m on Mad Men

Netflix has bought the rights to stream all seven series of the acclaimed TV show Mad Men, in a deal reported to be worth $90 million. It will pay close…

Premium VOD pricing undermines demand

Premium VOD services which offer restrictive rental windows are priced too high to support significant demand, according to a report from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The report names the new…