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TF1 preps SVoD kids service

French broadcaster TF1 will launch the first SVoD service targeting kids in France on February 5th. Branded ‘TFou Max’, TF1 says the service isn’t seeking to compete with Netflix or other French VoD platforms such asCanalPlay, but to take advantage of children’s growing non-linear viewing. Targeting the 3-12 year-old demographic, with specific sections for the preschoolers, the 6-8 demographic and […]

Connected TV take-up driven by SVoD

Futuresource Consulting’s latest wave of  Living with Digital consumer research highlights the continued shift in entertainment behaviour amongst respondents. One key trend is the emergence of TV as an increasingly connected device, either directly on the connected TV or through ancillary devices such as digital media adaptors (DMA) or connected set-top-boxes, both of which have emerged as very important devices. […]

Cricket World Cup set for India 4K coverage

Pay-TV operator Star India has revealed an ambitious broadcast plan for its coverage of the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, with seven matches including the semi-finals and final set to be broadcast in 4K. Earlier in January 2015, Tata Sky launched the country’s first 4K set-top box, to be available for existing and new […]

70% of Russians watch pirate content

Viewing pirated content is extremely common among Russian consumers, largely due to the cost and availability of legal content, according to research from Irdeto. The online research conducted by YouGov revealed that almost three quarters of consumers in Russia (70 per cent) watch pirated video content, with 16 per cent watching it more than once a week – showing that […]

WWE Network surpasses 1m subs

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WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has revealed that its WWE Network has surpassed 1 million subscribers just 11 months after launch. These results represent a 37 per cent increase (24 per cent domestically) in subscribers since last reported at the end of third quarter 2014, driven primarily by a successful free November promotion, the launch of the service in the UK […]

BBC DG: Watershed won’t survive

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Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, has said the watershed was unlikely to still be in effect in decades to come, admitting he “suspects” it may no longer be as relevant. Lord Hall told the Radio Times: “The watershed is still a useful way of judging the content and sensitivities, and taste and decency issues. But has the […]

Better Call Saul debuts on UK Netflix

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Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul will premiere in the UK on February 9th, when the first episode will be available on Netflix. The 10-part series will go on the VoD streaming service a day after it airs on cable channel AMC in the US, with the second episode up on February 10th and every Tuesday at 7am after […]

Carrefour launches VoD with UltraViolet

French supermarket chain Carrefour has launched its own online VoD service branded Nolim Films. The service, which offers 3,000 cinema and TV episodes at launch, aims to offer the richest library on the French market in the medium term. Nolim Films isn’t aiming to compete with existing SVoD platforms such as CanalPlay or Netflix, but seeks to attract viewers who […]

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. […]

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