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Data: Amazon half of new UK SVoD sign-ups in Q4

Kantar, the data, insights and consulting company has published Q4 2020 results from its Entertainment On Demand service in the UK. With 12.9 million subscriptions taken out last year, the service reveals the following consumer behaviours in the three months to December 2020: Amazon Prime membership jumped again in Q4, with 53.5 per cent of […]

January 21, 2021

Free Apple TV+ extended to July

Apple is extending its free Apple TV+ trial subscriptions again, this time until July. When ‌the Apple TV+‌ SVoD platform launched in November 2019, Apple offered a free 12 month subscription to those who purchased a new Apple device in or after September 2019. They were initially set to expire in November 2020, but Apple […]

January 18, 2021

Forecast: SVoD growth will fall back to 2015 level

SVoDs will have much slower growth in 2021 after the record-breaking 2020, according to Omdia. While global OTT TV subscriptions rose from 849 million in 2019 to 1.06 billion last year – overtaking global pay-TV numbers – growth is likely to be relatively slower this year, with the overall number rising to 1.14 billion. Traditional […]

January 18, 2021

discovery+ goes live in the US

Discovery’s direct-to-consumer SVoD service discovery+ is now live in the US, with the company also announcing major new distribution agreements that it says will make the product one of the most widely-distributed streaming services at launch. discovery+ is available on the following platforms and devices: Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, Fire TV Edition smart TVs […]

January 4, 2021

STV Player adding 270 hours of content

STV Player has announced five new deals which will see over 120 hours of new content being added to the free UK-wide service in time for Christmas, and an additional 150 hours coming early in the new year. STV’s VoD offering – which is the exclusive home of the Channel 3 network schedule in Scotland […]

December 22, 2020

Apple TV+ orders World Surf League docu-series

Apple TV+ has ordered a new six-part documentary series from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League (WSL) that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the aspirations, failures and accomplishments of the world’s best surfers as they battle for the WSL Title and struggle to remain on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT). […]

December 7, 2020

Research: US SVoD service stacking on rise

Findings from Parks Associates’ study, The Next ‘Big 3’ in OTT, indicate that 61 per cent of US broadband households subscribe to two or more OTT services as of Q3 2020, up from 48 per cent the previous year. Forty-five per cent subscribe to three or more, up from

November 24, 2020

BritBox launches in Australia

BritBox, the SVoD service created by the BBC and ITV, has officially launched in Australia. The launch is the next step in the global expansion of the platform, following its earlier launches in the US, Canada and the UK. ITV and BBC Studios announced in August 2020 plans to invest more than A$35 million (€21.2m) […]

November 23, 2020By Colin Mann

Report: Disney+ struggling to break into ‘Big 3’ US SVoDs

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US subscription OTT services, based on estimated number of subscribers through September 2020 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. Parks Associates notes that recent entrants such as HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Disney+ have rearranged the top ten list. Sling TV dropped out […]

November 19, 2020

Oprah interviews Obama on Apple TV+

The 44th president of the US, Barack Obama, will be Oprah Winfrey’s guest on a new episode of The Oprah Conversation, premiering globally on Apple TV+ on November 17th. The episode, which coincides with the release of Obama’s book of memoirs A Promised Land, will be available to watch for free until December 1st. In […]

November 12, 2020By Nik Roseveare