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Report: US streaming returns to growth

Kantar’s Entertainment on Demand study reports that from September to December 2022, the number of US households with video streaming rose 2.5 million, reaching a total of 115.6 million households. Household penetration of video streaming is now 89 per cent. SVoD contracted for the second consecutive quarter, but like in Q3, categorical declines are driven […]

January 19, 2023

HBO Max raises ad-free sub price in US

Warner Bros Discovery is increasing HBO Max’s ad-free subscription fee in the US for the first time since the SVoD service launched in 2020. Prices for the platform will rise by $1 to $15.99 (plus tax) a month for US subscribers on their their next billing cycle, on or after February 11th. HBO Max said […]

January 13, 2023By Nik Roseveare

SkyShowtime picks up WBD cancels

SkyShowtime has acquired exclusive European rights for 21 local series from Warner Bros Discovery, including some of HBO Max’s most popular shows from the region. In total, the deal provides SkyShowtime 168 episodes – over 150 hours – of new and previously aired original programming. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes three new […]

January 10, 2023

Report: US TV viewing surged in November

Nielsen’s latest report from The Gauge, the media measurement company’s monthly snapshot of total TV and streaming usage in the US, revealed that time spent watching television climbed considerably in November, marking the second-highest month of overall TV consumption in 2022, behind January. The Gauge reported five days in November with over 100 billion minutes of […]

December 16, 2022

WBD going for the Max?

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) executives are said to want ‘Max’ to be the new name for the platform that will combine the HBO Max and Discovery+ services. The concept is now being ‘lawyered’ according to CNBC. Meantime, internally WBD has given the new service a code name of ‘BEAM’ according to the report. WBD management […]

December 6, 2022

HBO Max on Prime Video US

Warner Bros Discovery and Amazon today announced that HBO Max is once again available on Prime Video Channels in the US. Prime customers can sign up for HBO Max for $14.99 per month. Subscribers will have access to 15,000 hours of curated premium content. Additionally, subscribers will have access to the expanded content offering that will […]

December 6, 2022

Research: HBO Max has most award-winning content

HBO Max is the SVoD service with the highest volume of award-winning content in the US, offering just shy of 700 championed films and TV shows, followed by Netflix and Prime Video with over 500 titles each. This is according to a study by Ampere Analysis based on over 35 international media awarding bodies.In terms […]

November 9, 2022

Forecast: Central Europe to gain 5m SVoD subs in 2022

This year is marking a significant milestone for the OTT ecosystem in Central Europe. An estimated 5 million new paid subscriptions on VoD services will be activated during 2022, forecasts Dataxis. This uptake is largely attributed to the launch of two major services in the region this summer: HBO Max, which replaces HBO Go, and […]

November 2, 2022

VIZIO rolls out My Watchlist

Connected entertainment specialist VIZIO has introduced My Watchlist, a new feature that allows viewers to add their favourite TV shows and movies from different streaming services into one central location on VIZIO SmartCast TVs. Adding shows and movies to My Watchlist is as easy as searching for a title, actor or selecting the ‘+ Watchlist’ […]

October 26, 2022

Analysis: Netflix losing share of popular US titles

From holding a 72 per cent share of the 100 most popular SVoD titles in the US in August of 2015, Netflix has seen a steady decline to under 30 per cent in the last seven years, notes Josh Rustage, Analyst at Ampere Analysis. “Ampere’s proprietary Popularity Score, which measures online engagement with individual titles, […]

October 14, 2022