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Turner’s Filmstruck SVOD service to roll out internationally

Turner, in partnership with Warner Bros, has announced plans to roll out its US subscription video-on-demand service Filmstruck internationally, starting in the UK. Turner International’s Digital Ventures and Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) have agreed a joint venture to launch the film streaming service across multiple territories in the next two […]

Amazon Prime hikes US price by 18% as it ups content spend

Amazon announced Friday that it will increase the price for Prime memberships in the US by 18%, as the company eyes programming with wider reach and an increase in content spend. As first reported by Recode, Amazon will increase the price for US Prime members from US$10.99 to US$12.99. Its annual membership of US$99 will […]

M&A chatter continues with Amazon & Lionsgate rumours

Lionsgate has emerged as the latest major entertainment group set for consolidation, with Amazon among those linked with a takeover. According to US media outlets, a CBS-Viacom combination and telco Verizon are also interested in Lionsgate, which itself acquired premium cable network for US$4.4 billion in one of 2017’s biggest media deals. The CBS-Viacom party […]

Sony channels launch on Amazon in Germany, Austria

Three Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) channels have joined the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria. AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are now available as part of the service in what Sony described as a “first of its kind” deal between SPTN and Amazon. Viewers can watch the linear channels live and also access […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook’s traditional values gnaw at NATPE crowd

This week, Facebook made a good fist of appearing far more like a broadcaster than it would hope. The social media giant’s head of global creative strategy (head of video to you and me), Ricky van Veen, rankled some delegates in the audience of his keynote presentation at NATPE and drew praise from others. While […]

Ampere: France says ‘Non’ to Netflix

Netflix is yet to win “the hearts and minds” of people in France, with the French the least likely to take subscription video-on-demand services in a survey spanning 14 countries, according to Ampere Analysis. The research said that France “solidly bucks the trend” when it comes to embracing services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video […]

Mubi makes India push after striking Times Group deal

Online subscription film service Mubi is making a push into India after agreeing a deal with the investment arm of Indian media company The Times Group. Times Bridge joins as an investor will support Mubi as it expands into the Indian market, which is already the third biggest source of traffic to the service after […]

NATPE: Netflix spreads Telemundo drama Nicky Jam

SVOD giant Netflix has taken international rights to an upcoming drama about reggaeton singer Nicky Jam for Telemundo that went into production yesterday in Colombia. News of Nicky Jam: El Ganador came on Tuesday morning, with Alejandro Rincon from producer Endemol Shine Boomdog revealing it to delegates at an International Productions leadership discussion session hosted […]

Hulu ramps up originals with Clooney title

Hulu is raising its stake in original programming as it brings in new title Catch-22, which will be executive produced by George Clooney. The streaming service has made a full series order for Catch-22, a six-part limited series event from George Clooney, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the successful novel of the same […]

EY: online video revenues in MENA to grow by 35% annually

Online video revenues are projected to grow by 22%-35% annually in most markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region until 2021, according to a new report by EY. The Videonomics report claims that MENA digital consumption growth is among the highest in the world, thanks to a large youth population, fast-improving mobile […]

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