Foxtel reveals launch date for new SVOD streamer ‘Binge’

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is to launch its new streaming service on 25 May with more than 10,000 hours of domestic and international programming. The SVOD’s name, which is expected to be Binge but has not yet been confirmed, will offer shows such as Friends and The Big Bang Theory, which are moving from […]

How borderless storytelling is evolving kids production models

Nina Hahn, SVP of international production & development at Nickelodeon, explains how global streamers have created a new generation of viewers and greater diversity in programming One of the biggest evolutions brought on by the rise of global platforms has been the rapid expansion of global content. As virtual geographic borders have diminished, audiences have […]

Netflix subs soar as Covid-19 & ‘Tiger King’ result in record growth

Netflix subscriber numbers have surged by almost 16 million over the last quarter as the streamer felt the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown and scored successes with Tiger King and La Casa De Papel (aka Money Heist). The world’s biggest SVOD said that it had gained 15.77 million paid customers over the past three months, […]

WarnerMedia to launch HBO Max on 27 May but without ‘Friends’ reunion

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is to launch its new streaming service HBO Max in the US on 27 May, albeit without the much-talked about Friends unscripted reunion show, which has been hit by the production halt caused by Covid-19. The platform was unveiled in October complete with its top tier pricing, and will offer more than 10,000 […]

NBCUniversal’s Fandango acquires Walmart-owned streamer Vudu

US streamer Vudu – the AVOD and TVOD platform owned by retail giant Walmart – has been acquired by NBCUniversal’s cinema ticket purchasing service Fandango. Vudu is currently accessible in over 100 million US homes with an app that has been downloaded more than 14 million times. The service, which offers an AVOD component as […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six key facts behind India’s explosive OTT market

India’s vast population is fueling a booming OTT market but even recent rapid growth looks likely to be incomparable to the expansion expected over the next six years, with revenues set to soar from $268m in 2019 to more than $1.3bn by 2025. Analysts at TBI sibling Omdia provide six fast-facts from inside this surging […]

Exclusive: AVOD decline likely as Covid-19 hits once-surging sector

The Covid-19-induced slump in advertising spending is set to have deep repercussions on the until recently booming AVOD market, leading analysts tell TBI. AVOD had been touted as a major growth area for producers and rights owners but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought advertising spending to a screeching halt, leaving broadcasters such as ITV and […]

WarnerMedia appoints Hulu, Amazon alum as CEO

WarnerMedia has appointed the former Amazon SVP and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to head up the AT&T-owned media giant and its hotly anticipated streamer HBO Max. Alongside the SVOD, which is due to launch on 1 May, Kilar will also oversee premium drama cabler HBO, Warner Bros., Otter Media and the Turner cable network, including […]

Pandemic to cause SVOD numbers to jump up by 5%

SVOD services around the world are set to see a 5% uptick in subscriber numbers by the end of the year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In light of entire nations being shut indoors for what is expected to be a period of weeks if not months, Strategy Analytics has adjusted its global […]

Netflix declines second coming for controversial ‘Messiah’ drama

Netflix has cancelled MGM Television-produced thriller Messiah after just one season. The series followed Michelle Monaghan as a CIA agent investigating a mysterious and charismatic man (Mehdi Dehbi), whose followers believed him to be the return of Jesus Christ. The news was confirmed by series star Wil Traval, who wrote on social media: “It’s a […]

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