Category archives for: VOD

7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

YouTube still top second screen site

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Despite a relative drop in visit share of 8.9 per cent over the last year in the US, YouTube is still by far the video site most frequently visited from a desktop computer with a 58.77 per cent share of visits among a custom aggregate of video-rich sites, according to

HBO originals for Amazon

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Amazon’s Prime subscription service will stream a selection of HBO series, mini-series and original movies as part of its new licensing deal. The deal, the first time that licensed HBO content has been available online outside of its own HBO Go service for subscribers, allows Amazon to stream a library of shows older than three years. Amazon Prime members will [...]

TalkTalk adds FilmFlex

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TalkTalk has announced a deal with FilmFlex Movies to bring its customers hundreds more movies on demand, with even more new releases available to rent on the same day as DVD. The multi-year deal kicks off with immediate effect and will offer subscribers to both TalkTalk’s Essentials TV and Plus TV packages, access to hundreds of movies on demand. TalkTalk’s [...]

Belgacom launches SVoD service

Belgacom has launched a subscritpion-VoD service branded “Movies & Series Pass”. For €14.95 per month, the service offers Belgacom IPTV customers access to content over through connected-TVs, PCs, smartphones or tablets through Belgacom’s TV Everywhere app. Belgacom will add new content to the service daily, and is also currently offering the first month’s subscription for free.

AT&T, Chernin commit $500m to OTT

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AT&T has formed a $500 million joint venture with Chernin Group to acquire, invest in and launch a video streaming service. The Chernin Group will bring assets to the venture, including the contribution of its majority stake in Crunchyroll, a subscription VoD service. Chernin, the vehicle of former top News Corp man Peter Chernin, says: “A critical part of The [...]

Russia’s Mail.ru begins charging viewers

The entertainment arm of Russian Internet giant Mail.ru has started charging viewers for video content, joining competitor Yandex in the quest to successfully monetise the online distribution of movies. Afisha Mail.ru now offers a selection of about 3,000 films for paid viewing. A further 4,000 films are available to be viewed for free but with accompanying advertisements. The selection ranges [...]

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also

Netflix rival planned for Ireland

The head of Irish video rental chain Xtra-vision and entertainment retailer HMV has revealed ambitions to take on the likes of Sky and Netflix with a new Irish video-on-demand service set for launch this summer. The groups’ Chief Executive Gerry Butler confirmed that discussions have taken place with movie studios over exclusive rights to them for TV, rental and digital [...]

Netflix pulling ahead in VoD battle

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Figures from MediaBug – Decipher’s bi-annual media consumption tracker – have shown strong growth in Netflix membership over the past six months, with an increase from 10 per cent to 14 per cent of UK online users now with a subscription. This is in contrast to the newly rebranded Amazon Prime Instant Video,

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