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Netflix button on European remotes

Remote controls that come bundled with smart TVs in Europe will soon feature a dedicated Netflix shortcut button. Smart TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel going into retail this year will come with a Netflix button providing a direct shortcut to the online streaming service. Bill Holmes, head of business development for Netflix commented: “The new Netflix button […]

Accusations fly as Netflix slows Australia Internet


ISP iiNet has blamed Telstra – Australia’s main telco – for the slower Internet connection speeds that have hit some of its customers since the arrival of Netflix in the country. The online streaming service launched its Australian service last week and proved to be a hit with iiNet customers, accounting for 15 per cent of its total consumer traffic. […]

T-Mobile US offers free Netflix


T-Mobile is give its customers in the US one year of Netflix for free if they buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. A Netflix subscription costs $8.99 a month un the US. The global launch of the Galaxy S6 line of smartphones is scheduled for April 10th. In the fine print of T-Mobile’s promotional page, it says […]

N. America pay-TV to fall $12bn by 2019

Pay-TV revenues, subscriptions and on-demand, in North America peaked in 2013 at $102.86 billion, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The latest edition of the Digital TV North America report forecasts that revenues will fall by 11.7 per cent or $12.04 billion between 2014 and 2020 to $90.71 billion in 2020. Cable revenues in

Netflix reveals Aus/NZ pricing


Netflix Australia revealed pricing today its new streaming service in Australia, with monthly single-stream plans starting from A$8.99 (€6.47) per month. The service will also offer new members a free, one-month trial subscription. Netflix monthly pricing options include: Single-stream standard definition plan for A$8.99 Two-stream high-definition plan for A$11.99 Four-stream 4K ultra-high definition “family” plan for A$14.99 Competing Australian streaming […]

Hulu acquires Empire rights 


US streaming site Hulu has acquired the exclusive SVoD rights for hip-hop drama Empire via a deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV. All episodes from the first season were already available on the service, but with the new deal all future episodes will now be exclusively hosted on the site. The show’s first season finale attracted 16.5 million US viewers […]

UK streaming market £1bn by 2019


The rise is streaming could soon makes DVDs and Blu-ray discs as obsolete as VHS video cassettes, according to market research firm Mintel. Viewing habits are changing immensely

Sony launches Vue in test cities


Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue OTT service in three US cities, targeting customers looking for cheaper alternatives to cable with packages starting at $50 (€47). The Web and cloud-based TV service, which allows users to access live TV and on-demand video, has been in test mode since November. Vue is available initially on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles […]

Foxtel launching Netflix rival


Foxtel has confirmed that it will launch its iQ3 set-top box in Australia on March 23rd. Its availability comes as US rival Netflix gears up to launch its streaming service in the country on March 31st. The new iQ3 set-top-box has been under development for some years and combines broadcast derived programmes and online streamed content “into one seamless experience”. […]

EE replaces Orange Wednesdays with £1 movies


Mobile network operator EE is launching a new online movie rental scheme for its subscribers. The EE Film Club will give customers the opportunity to rent a movie every week for only £1 (€1.39) through There is an additional 35p charge in the form of a redemption text – users will have to redeem a promotional code by texting […]

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