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Exclusive programming for BBC iPlayer

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Following on from the success of BBC iPlayer exclusive content in 2014, Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, has announced 16 titles to kick off 2015. On Friday 13 February, nine original comedy shorts will go live on BBC iPlayer to mark Valentine’s Day. Nine comedians have created a short Funny Valentine to bring their unique take […]

BBC serves up BBC Taster

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The BBC has revealed BBC Taster, an initiative to develop its latest ideas for digital content and emerging technology. Taster will feature early and experimental concepts from across TV, Radio and Online, enabling the BBC to explore the future of content with audiences and offer them something completely new to try, rate and share. Taster is a place for the […]

Elemental selected by TVB

Elemental Technologies, asupplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has announced that Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), Hong Kong’s largest independent broadcaster, is using Elemental software to process and manage live linear broadcast channels in real time for its OTT content delivery service. Regional Elemental partner Mediatech is providing training and overseeing integration and configuration of Elemental video processing […]

Netflix: Pirate Popcorn our biggest competitor

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Netflix has said that piracy is one of its “biggest competitors” and, in a letter to shareholders, singled out the torrent-sharing app Popcorn Time as a serious rival. The Popcorn Time app allows users to browse a catalogue of films and TV shows, select one for more information, and then begin streaming it after a short buffering period – effectively […]

Wuaki.TV eyes European expansion

Spain-based streaming company Wuaki.tv has revealed plans to launch its service in The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Sweden during 2015, following the platform’s launch in France, Italy and Germany in 2014. Since Wuaki.tv was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten in 2012, its key aim has been to use Spain as a launching platform to expand throughout Europe. […]

Amazon offers Transparent for free

In celebration of two recent Golden Globe wins, Amazon will make all ten episodes of its original series Transparent available for free on Janaury 27th. Transparent, which is typically available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, recently took home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series, while its star, Jeffrey Tambor, earned the coveted award for Best Actor in […]

17% US ‘likely’ to be HBO OTT subs

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Research from Parks Associates suggests that 17 per cent of US broadband households are likely to subscribe to an OTT video service from HBO. Among these likely subscribers, 91 per cent are currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would cancel their pay-TV service after subscribing to this HBO OTT service. The research firm reports

Netflix wants 20 original series a year

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Netflix aims to debut as many as 20 original series per year, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has told NATPE. “I think that we probably can launch around 20 original scripted shows a year,” he said. Netflix’s success with launching original series – particularly shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black – has helped spur […]

Online sports viewing to grow tenfold

A passion for live sports and the growing availability of OTT TV services will see consumers increasingly engage sports on broadband platforms, according to research firm TDG. According to TDG, whether measured in ratings or revenue, TV coverage of live amateur and professional sporting events is

Consumers increasingly embracing streaming

According to part two of the results from the second NATPE||Content First and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) joint research study on consumer attitudes toward television viewing, greater opportunities exist for content creators and content rights holders as consumers continue to embrace and seek out streamed content. The study found that viewers who stream TV programmes say they have more […]

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