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Netflix: “We’ll invest in French content”

Reed Hastings, CEO of online entertainment service Netflix, has confirmed the company will invest in local content when it enters the French market in September. Speaking on Netflix’s Q2 earnings call, Hastings said the company was not seeking to dodge any obligations to fund local productions or pay relevant taxes. “We’re not really trying to get around anything, we want […]

Nine acquires HBO’s Quickflix stake

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Australian online entertainment service Quickflix has confirmed that Australian media group Nine Entertainment has taken a minority stake in the company through a deal with US television giant Home Box Office. Quickflix said Nine had reached an agreement to acquire all of HBO’s redeemable convertible preference shares. The shares can be converted into an 8 per cent stake in Quickflix. […]

Mediaset Infinity VoD on Chromecast

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Infinity, the VoD service of Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, is now available on Chromecast. Users of Google’s streaming media device, launched in Italy last March for €35.00, can access Infinity’s catalogue of movies and TV series. The subscription costs €6.99 per month for access via tablet, smartphone or PC, while the subscription for viewing on the TV set is €9.99. […]

Disney deal for Netflix Canada

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Netflix Canada and The Walt Disney Studios have agreed a multi-year licensing deal that will bring first-run Disney live-action and animated films to the online streaming service. Starting in mid-2015, Netflix subscribers throughout the country will be able to watch new movies from Disney’s live action division, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks […]

Computers lose ground to Smart TVs, tablets for online viewing

Computers were the first devices used for watching TV online, and even today they remain the single most commonly used device for online viewing. However, research suggests that online viewing is beginning to shift away from computers and toward mobile devices and Smart TVs. According to the annual What’s TV Worth study from Hub Entertainment Research, 59 per cent of […]

Saffron, KDDI launch Anime OTT service

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KDDI, the Japenese mobile network, has strengthened its relationship with Saffron Digital after selecting the OTT provider to design and build Anime Pass, a new specialist multi-platform video service, which offers unlimited anime content. The new service has been launched in response to the increasing popularity of anime, which is a market worth approximately $1.7 billion in Japan. KDDI has […]

TVPlayer launches Community Channel

Community Channel, the only UK TV station dedicated to communities, charities and local stories, is the latest channel to launch on TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream. The channel – owned and run by national charity Media Trust – broadcasts entertaining stories, inspiring series and pioneering documentaries. The channel helps to showcase the inspirational work of charities, new independent […]

Online viewers unwilling to pay to avoid ads

STRATA, a specialist in media buying and selling software, found in a survey of viewers of online content that, as online video distribution continues to grow, the majority said they would not pay a premium to avoid online video ads. Only 18 per cent of respondents said they would pay a premium, with younger viewers slightly more inclined to pay. […]

CBS’s Moonves: “We’ll talk to Aereo”

Despite CBS being party to the action brought by the US networks against Aereo which saw the Supreme Court rule that the service operated much like a cable TV company and violated copyright law unless it paid broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers’ tablets, phones and other devices, CEO Les Moonves has revealed the company is now […]

Horizon Go app for upc cablecom customers

Since last year, upc cablecom’s TV customers have been able to watch TV on mobile Apple devices while out and about using the free Horizon TV apps. Now, the subsidiary of Liberty Global is launching a version for Android devices while also introducing a new design. For customers with Apple devices, there will now be one single app – irrespective […]

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