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Vivendi to close Watchever SVoD service by 31 December 2016

August 17, 2016  | Subscribers Only

Jack Kent Jack Kent Director, Media and Advertising

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Paris-based French media group Vivendi will close its standalone online subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) TV and movie service, Watchever, by the end of 2016. The SVoD service launched in Germany in January 2013, ahead of Amazon’s Prime SVoD service and Netflix in 2014.

Watchever was revamped in September of 2015, which included a new interface and the introduction of 25 online branded channels, organised by content owner, instead of organising programming by genre. The service had content deals with CBS, Sony, NBCUniversal, Disney and the BBC.

It has also been widely reported that Studio+, a mobile and tablet app-only streaming service announced by Vivendi in April 2016, is still on track to be launched in Europe and Latin America (20 countries reported in total) in Q3 of 2016. The service will focus on short-form original content in six languages; Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and Russian.

It has also been reported that the platform will continue to offer a music video and concert collection (added to the offering in 2014), which was included in the €8.99 monthly Watchever subscription fee, but no details have been given thus far about how Vivendi intends to make this content available once the long-form SVoD platform closes.

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