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Lord of the Rings

Research: Prime US penetration now 45%

Research from Parks Associates’ Video Services Dashboard reveals that as of Q3 2021, Prime Video’s subscriber penetration rate is at 45 per cent of US Internet households. The most recent update of the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker recaps top industry and consumer trends, including Amazon Prime’s recent price rate increase. “Amazon’s Prime pricing rise, […]

April 8, 2022

Study: Most expensive movie franchises to support

A study by the financial comparison company money.co.uk has revealed the most expensive (and the cheapest) film franchises for superfans. Harry Potter is crowned the most expensive film franchise for those looking to be wizarding world superfans. The study revealed that the ultimate superfan collection will set Harry Potter fans back a staggering £467.98, on […]

March 28, 2022

Allente launches next-gen Android TV service

3 Screen Solutions (3SS) and KAONMEDIA have announced that Nordic pay-TV giant Allente has launched its next-generation super-aggregated TV services for Scandinavia on an Android TV STB, supporting DTH satellite, IPTV and OTT. KAON BCM72180 PVR STBs (set-top box) will be available to Allente’s 1 million+ subscribers, enabled by KAON middleware, NAGRA Media CAS, Broadcom […]

February 22, 2022

Prime Video exclusive Shepperton Studios deal

Prime Video has announced a multimillion-pound long-term contract with Shepperton Studios for exclusive use of new production facilities at the Surrey studios for future original TV series and movie productions. The new facilities will comprise nine sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, totalling approximately 450,000 square feet, and forming part of the wider redevelopment and […]

February 9, 2022

Prime Video reveals title of Lord of the Rings series

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings TV series officially has a name: The Rings of Power. The significance behind the subtitle will not be lost on J.R.R. Tolkien fans, foreshadowing an epic story that welds the major events of Tolkien’s Second Age together: the forging of the iconic rings. The multi-season drama – The […]

January 19, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Acorn TV, TVNZ renew Under the Vines

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and TVNZ have confirmed the renewal of New Zealand romantic comedy Under the Vines on the heels of its December 6 season one premiere on Acorn TV in the US and Australia, January 10 premiere on Acorn TV in the UK and early 2022 primetime broadcast on TVNZ 1 in New […]

December 10, 2021

Unity completes Weta Digital acquisition

Unity, the platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, has completed the acquisition of Weta Digital’s tools, pipeline, technology, and engineering talent first reported last month. Unity said the acquisition is designed to empower the growing number of game developers, artists, and potentially millions of consumer creators with sophisticated content creation tools used […]

December 2, 2021

Stingray CMusic launches on Freeview TV

Channelbox has announced the launch of Stingray CMusic on the Channelbox platform in the UK. Freeview TV and mobile app users can now tune into Stingray CMusic, a channel dedicated to classical and cinematic music videos. Stingray CMusic makes classical and cinematic music accessible to a wide audience by replacing the traditional long form format […]

December 2, 2021

Unity acquires Weta Digital for $1.6bn

Unity, the video game software company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Weta Digital, co-founded by Hollywood director Peter Jackson, for $1.6 billion (€1.38bn). Unity has specifically acquired  its artist tools, core pipeline, intellectual property, and award-winning engineering talent. The Academy Award-Winning VFX service teams of Weta Digital will continue as a standalone […]

November 10, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Study: Ghostbusters: Afterlife most popular franchise film on Twitter

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has seen the best reception among Twitter users than any other franchise film to date, according to a study by Mobile Wins. The study included a Twitter Sentiment Analysis, which pulls together all Tweets referencing a franchise film across the last decade, and assigns a positivity/negativity score to each. Ghostbusters: Afterlife has seen […]

November 4, 2021