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Report: Amazon Channels struggle in Europe

Despite being available in Europe for almost five years, Amazon Channels remains somewhat unknown in the European OTT landscape, suggests a report from Dataxis. Originally launched in May 2017 in the UK and Germany, the service experienced two waves of expansion across 2019 with France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and at the end of 2020 […]

April 12, 2022

Streaming drama could be a horror show

This columnist’s conviction that Netflix’s business model is fundamentally a plate-spinning act, with the same potential mishaps, has waxed and waned as results have continued to boom, with just the odd bump in the road. But the conviction has never gone away completely, even as the company seemed to reach the status of 800lb gorilla […]

February 14, 2022

2022 – what can go wrong?

I signed off last year’s last blog with “I make no predictions for 2021, including ‘at least it can’t be worse’”. That was a good decision. Who’d have thought we’d all be here at the end of 2021 having missed Vegas, Cologne and Amsterdam, again. Any bets on the 2022 travel itinerary? No, didn’t think […]

December 21, 2021

Forecast: Under 50% Canadian homes subscribe to pay-TV in 2022

In 2022, 48.9 per cent of households in Canada will have pay-TV, marking a massive and continuing trend of cable cord-cutting in the country, according to forecasts by eMarketer. As recently as 2015, more than 75 per cent of households in Canada – a total of 10.5 million – had pay-TV. That figure has been […]

August 31, 2021

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time on Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has announced the exclusive global launch (outside of Japan) of the Japanese anime blockbuster Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time on August 13th. The movie is the fourth and final chapter of the new theatrical edition of Evangelion. The anime film – which is the highest-grossing in all movies by chief director Hideaki […]

July 1, 2021By Nik Roseveare

France: 78 SVoD services available

There were 78 SVoDs available in France in 2020, up from 63 in 2017, and 22 million viewers (46 per cent of broadband users) accessed at least one platform. According to a joint study by anti-piracy body Hadopi and TV regulator CSA, in association with telecoms regulator Arcep, CNC and the French Competition Authority, SVoD […]

March 10, 2021From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris