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Amazon acquires new Batman series

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Amazon has boosted its exclusive rights portfolio by acquiring rights to to the new animated Batman series – Beware the Batman. The 26 episode show is available in the UK for the first time via Amazon’s Prime Instant Video streaming service. The deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution sees Amazon continue to invest heavily in quality content aimed at [...]

Netflix speeds up 65% after Comcast deal

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Comcast customers in the US are seeing a significant boost in streaming video speed after a deal between Netflix and the broadband provider. The news emerged as Netflix revealed its Netflix ISP Speed Index for March 2014. “This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix,” Netflix spokesperson Joris [...]

Quickflix subs up 16%

Quickflix, the Australia and NZ online streaming service, experienced a strong March quarter of growth increasing its base of paying customers by 16,000 or 16 per cent to 118,557. Total active customers (paying customers plus introductory trialists who have registered with a valid credit card) increased by 13 per cent to 137,059. Organic growth through customers signing up on Quickflix-enabled [...]

Mediaset extends Infinity VoD to smartphones

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Italian broadcaster Mediaset has extended its Infinity VoD streaming service to smartphones, providing subscribers with access to over 5000 movies in HD plus a large selection of cartoons. Owners of Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices will need to download the Infinity app from the App Store, Google Play or Windows Store. The service is available on the 3G, 4G [...]

BBC deal for Amazon Prime Instant Video

As it further ramps its content portfolio better to compete with other online entertainment services, a deal between Amazon and BBC Worldwide, the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, means that some of the very best British drama and comedy is now available for unlimited streaming by members of UK movie and TV streaming subscription service Amazon Prime Instant Video. [...]

Fibre-based TV for Vodafone Netherlands

Vodafone Netherlands is partnering with cloud TV and connected home solutions specialist Entone and its systems integration partner, Divitel, for a fibre-based TV services in the Netherlands. The Vodafone Thuis service is being deployed over the provider’s high-speed FTTH network to enable an array of advanced television services, including Pause Live TV (PLTV) and an extensive VoD library from public [...]

TDG: Legacy TV to decline as online rises

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opened NAB this week by warning attendees that the legacy TV industry has reached an “inflection point” where online providers “can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor”. According to a new report from TDG – 2020 Vision – Video Viewing Forecasts by Age and Service, 2013-2020 – this is indeed what will happen in [...]

Aereo readies for Chromecast

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Seemingly undaunted by its forthcoming US Supreme Court copyright case, Internet TV streaming service Aereo has announced that starting May 29th, consumers can access its antenna and DVR technology to record and watch live television using Google’s Chromecast device. Current Aereo members and consumers residing in active Aereo markets will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for [...]

Australia embraces new screens

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The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2013, shows robust viewing of broadcast television on in-home TVs. Australians are spending more time watching conventional television than they did a year ago and are also using Internet-connected devices to complement their viewing of TV and other video. An estimated 40 per cent of homes now have tablets [...]

Foxtel defends Game of Thrones exclusivity

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Following the revelation that Australia leads the list of countries illegally sharing the Season Four première of Game of Thrones, and in response to criticism of its exclusive first-run rights to the show, Bruce Meagher, director of corporate affairs for Foxtel, has defended the Australian pay-TV operator’s business model. Writing an opinion piece on Australian media and marketing and entertainment [...]

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