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MWC: Ericsson, Telstra, Fox test streaming service

Ericsson has partnered with the Fox Innovation Lab and Australian telco Telstra to trial a mobile app that will give users instant access to new-release movies from 20th Century Fox. The one-month pilot, which was announced today at Mobile World Congress, will see users receive notifications when movies that match their interests become available. They […]

Amazon to maintain originals investment

Amazon’s increased spend on original content will “continue in 2017 and likely beyond”, as it continues to build engagement through its video strategy. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian T. Olsavsky said that last year Amazon Prime customers more than doubled their amount of hours they spent consuming video, […]

YouTube edges out Netflix in kids streaming

YouTube is marginally more popular than Netflix for streaming content among kids according to new research that surveyed thousands of parents in the US, UK and Canada. Online video platform YouTube also ranked as the most-loved brand in the survey. Toronto-based kids producer, distributor and channel operator DHX joined forces with market research firm Ipsos […]

TBI DISTRIBUTOR SURVEY 2016: SVOD boom, stacking issues?

Netflix and its streaming counterparts have shaken up the traditional TV market in an unprecedented manner. For the free TV players Netflix is a viewing threat and rival for the best programming, for pay TV it is both these and a cord-cutting threat. For distributors SVOD is clearly a boon. Last week CBS boss Les […]

US streaming market ‘approaching saturation’

The US video streaming market is showing the first signs that it is “approaching saturation”, according to a new forecast by Strategy Analytics. The research firm claims that the dollar increase in spend by US consumers on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu in 2016 will be lower than in 2015 – indicating the […]

Streaming media player ownership to hit 40% in US

Streaming media player penetration is set to reach 40% of US broadband homes by 2017, with these devices to be found in some 39 million households, according to research by NPD Group. The research firm predicts that streaming media player ownership will grow from just 16% of US internet homes in the first quarter of […]

Netflix tipped to add up to 5m subs this year

Netflix will add four to five million new domestic streaming subscribers this year, taking the total to a potential 34 million, according to new research. Influential credit ratings agency Moody’s noted: “While the first quarter is typically a strong quarter for the company and we don’t expect such levels of growth to continue into the […]

Hulu launches Kids on subscription service

US streaming service Hulu has launched a dedicated kids section on its Hulu Plus premium service, following the lead of its rival Netflix. Hulu Kids launched yesterday and at launch showcased 43 of the children’s series available on the commercial-free Hulu Plus service. Titles include Thomas & Friends, Caillou and, following the agreement of a […]

Lovefilm launches on Kindle Fire

TV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet and e-readers in the UK and Germany. Consumers owning the devices can access Lovefilm content via a one-month free trial. Kindle and Lovefilm are both part of Amazon. The Lovefilm service on the Kindle devices allows users to […]