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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 […]

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. […]

Children’s TV viewing drifts towards paid-VoD

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The 2015 Childwise Monitor, an annual report looking at children’s media consumption, shows that the equipment mix is changing. Most children have their own computer or tablet, phone, games console and television – but console, television and to an extent, phone ownership, is falling. Tablet ownership continues to grow, although it’s slowing. The major tablet ownership increase is among younger […]

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 […]

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 […]

European audiovisual loses 5.3% of global share

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published the 20th edition of its Yearbook. This reference publication contains pan-European figures on the various branches of the sector (Television, cinema, VoD). Using the different indicators available, the Observatory reveals that the entire audiovisual sector experienced a second year of stagnation in 2013. For the third year running, the market generated revenues in the […]

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