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Netflix joins ex-Disney India chief on film

SVOD service Netflix is working up a romantic comedy movie from RSVP, the new production company of former Disney India chief Ronnie Screwvala. Love Per Square Foot is the first mainstream production from India that Netflix will launch internationally, and comes as rival Amazon continues to pour money into original content from the Asian territory. […]

Netflix plans $8bn content spend in 2018

Netflix added a record number of third quarter subscribers in its most recent quarter and announced that it now plans to spend up to US$8 billion on content in 2018. The SVOD giant said in its latest earnings report that it added 5.3 million members globally in the third quarter of 2017, up 49% year-on-year and […]

Netflix creates global partnership with Altice

Altice has agreed a multi-year partnership with Netflix to make the SVOD giant’s content available to its customers around the world. The multi-year partnership will make Netflix available to Altice customers on “all eligible devices” in France, Portugal, Israel and the Dominican Republic. France will be the first Altice territory to launch Netflix, with promotional […]

Netflix cancels Wachowski drama Sense8

Until this week, Netflix had very rarely cancelled an original series. It has now axed two in less than seven days, with the Wachowski siblings drama Sense8 joining The Get Down on the cancel list. The California-based streaming service has released a statement confirming it will not bring back sci-fi drama Sense8, which focuses on […]

Netflix localises in Romania

Netflix has rolled out a “fully localised” version of its service in Romania. The new version of the service includes a localised Romanian user interface, with Romanian subtitles and dubbing covering thousands of hours of TV shows and films, including Netflix original programming. “We are delighted to offer a more local Netflix experience in Romanian […]

Netflix creates 400 Euro jobs, new originals

SVOD giant Netflix is on a European charm offensive, creating 400 jobs at a new Amsterdam customer service base and ordering new originals from the continent. The office was unveiled this week, initially employing 170 staff, 345 by the end of the year and 400 by 2019. It will service eleven territories (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, […]

Netflix breaking into China with iQiyi deal

Netflix has inked a deal with Chinese SVOD service iQiyi, which will carry its originals in the country, according to reports coming out of the ongoing Apos conference in Bali. Netflix has been keen to get into the Chinese market but thwarted in its efforts to date, with regulators inclined to promote local services first. […]

Netflix talks YouTube envy, faith programming, sleep

Netflix bosses have told investors they have ‘YouTube envy’ and are looking to global shows to drive viewing numbers. They went on to say they will do more faith-based programming and brushed aside the rivalry with Amazon, instead insisting their real competitor was sleep. Reed Hastings, CEO of the US-listed streaming service, did an analyst […]

Netflix product chief exits after 18 years

Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt is leaving the subscription VOD service after nearly two decades, with the company’s talent boss also exiting. Netflix Japan chief Greg Peters is replacing Hunt at the unit, which designs, builds and delivers the platform’s experience. Meanwhile, chief talent officer Tawni Cranz is leaving the business to “pursue other […]

Netflix gains distribution on Indian set-tops

Indian DTH pay TV operator Videocon d2h has struck a deal with Netflix to provide access to the streaming video service direct from its internet-connected set-top boxes. The news is a boon for Netflix, which has been competing head on with Amazon in India since the latter launched its service globally at the end of […]

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