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Sky Deutschland on grid with Formula E

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship, the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body . Sky will broadcast live all races of the series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. Apart from the exclusive TV broadcasting rights, the agreement also includes the Internet, IPTV […]

Netflix pays $2m per episode for The Blacklist


From September 6th, the first season of NBC’s The Blacklist will be available to stream on Netflix. Netflix has entered into what is understood to be the “biggest subscription video-on-demand deal” in history according to Deadline, with Sony Pictures TV receiving $2 million per episode for Season 1, and all future seasons of the series starring James Spader. Sony TV […]

Samsung commits to global 4K


Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service. Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October. Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in […]

OTT TeVolution launches tablet app

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French OTT TV service TeVolution has launched its first tablet app. Created by French start-up Leankr, the new app is available for Android and iOS devices and will soon be extended to smartphones. It offers users a total control over the channel packages they subscribe to and various functionalities, including movie selection or TV alerts. Enriched content about the shows […]

Netflix unveils Marseille drama commission

Following’s reports June 22nd and August 27th of Netflix’s intentions to produce drama in France to tie in with its September launch there, the Internet entertainment streaming service has revealed details of its first such commission. The production reflects CEO Reed Hastings comments in June that it could be a local version of House of Cards: House of Versailles. […]

Transparent coming to Amazon Prime

Amazon will premiere all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated dark comedy Transparent on September 26th exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK and US. Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Soloway, Transparent is a ten episode, half hour novelistic series that explores family, relationships and love. Amazon Prime members can watch the first […]

Spark New Zealand selects Xstream

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ), a New Zealand- wide communications and Internet service provider, has selected Xstream’s award winning professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker, for delivery of their new OTT video service, Lightbox – aiming at offering the best service internet TV service in New Zealand. Lightbox is the new OTT video services by Spark New Zealand. At […]

20% Euro homes to be online subs


The number of European homes paying a monthly subscription to receive VoD packages will climb from 1.78 million in 2010 (0.6 per cent of TV households) to 17.99 million by end-2014 (6.4 per cent) and onto 59.41 million in 2020 (20.7 per cent), according to a report from Digital TV Research. The European Online TV & Video report forecasts that […]

Hastings: ‘Canal+ will become web service’

Traditional and linear television will eventually disappear predicts Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Speaking to French magazine Telerama ahead of the launch of its service in France, Hastings commented: “Linear TV will continue a little thanks to sporting events, but within twenty years it will have collapsed when all this will be fully available on the web. Pay-TV group Canal+….will also […]

Streaming innovation will drive 4K uptake

While the larger 4K ecosystem slowly gets its footing, a report from The Diffusion Group (TDG) argues that streaming video will be the spark that lights 4K uptake and use. “Only a few years ago the idea of streaming 4K video over the Internet seemed impossible,” notes Joel Espelien, TDG Senior Advisor and author of the new report. “Much has […]

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