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Disney+ arrives in Europe amid COVID-19 social distancing and quarantine measuresMarch 24, 2020Four months after its initial launch, Disney+ has expanded to seven new Western European markets today. Disney+ arrives with a broad set of first party titles across all of Disney’s entertainment portfolios, including original titles such as The Mandalorian, library and new release movies as well as TV series including the full catalogue of The Simpsons. Disney+ is now available in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, UK and Switzerland, taking its total country count to 13.
Sports streamer DAZN to switch on in 200 countriesMarch 10, 2020DAZN, the online video sports provider, is going global, expanding to more than 200 countries and territories from May 2020. DAZN will be offered around the world as an English-language subscription video service focused on boxing as a first phase of its global expansion. DAZN holds international rights to many of the world’s top fight promoters including Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Boxing USA and GGG Promotions.
Netflix growth slows in Q2 2019 as it suffers its first domestic subscriber loss since 2011July 18, 2019Netflix’s Q2 2019 results have revealed subscriber growth was well under internal estimations. Netflix added just 2.70 million paying subscribers over the three-month period against the 5 million it forecasted in the previous quarterly report. Clients of our Intelligence Services can log in to view our analysis in full.Subscribers Only
RTL creates new digital studio in search of younger audiences and ad dollarsJuly 16, 2019European broadcaster RTL Group has announced the integration of its digital video businesses United Screens and Divimove. The multiplatform networks (MPNs) will be merged under Berlin-based Divimove. The new Divimove will represent over 1,000 digital content creators in nine European countries.Subscribers Only
Nielsen moves further into addressable TV with Sorenson Media acquisitionMarch 15, 2019Information and measurement company Nielsen has unveiled addressable initiative Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising after acquiring US addressable TV technology provider Sorenson Media for $11.3 million in a bankruptcy auction. The new initiative will combine Sorenson’s addressable capabilities with Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, which Nielsen acquired through its 2017 purchase of Gracenote.
UK broadcasters unite to compete with NetflixFebruary 28, 2019The BBC and ITV have confirmed plans to jointly launch a paid-for streaming service in the UK by the end of 2019. The service will be called BritBox and will offer mainly archive BBC and ITV shows alongside with original commissions made especially for the new service.Subscribers Only
NBCUniversal launching new streaming service in 2020February 12, 2019Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has announced plans for a hybrid online video service that will incorporate both an ad-supported tier and a consumer-paid subscription. Launching in the first quarter of 2020, the core target audience will be pay TV subscribers and Sky customers, meaning that the focus of the service is more of a “TV Everywhere” offer than a standalone direct to consumer subscription.
Viacom boosts direct-to-consumer pitch with $340 million acquisition of Pluto TVJanuary 24, 2019Viacom has revealed its intentions to go direct-to-consumer via the acquisition of ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV. The deal is worth a reported $340 million and will see Pluto TV operate as an independent subsidiary of Viacom. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.
The media management industry moves to services-based business model, focusing on faster and cheaper workflowMay 11, 2018In the media management market, migration from selling equipment-based solutions to service-based solutions is deploying massively this year. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of global revenue was service-based, growing to 63 percent by the end of 2017 and expected to grow to 66 percent in 2021. The overall market grew 7 percent in 2016 and 5 percent in 2017, but this growth rate is expected to slow to 4 percent in 2021.
Netflix increases prices in the US and select WE countriesOctober 13, 2017•Netflix has increased its standard and premium tier prices in the US and across select countries in Western Europe. •IHS Markit believes that pricing will be rolled out across all affected territories within the next three months, with new prices starting at the latest in January 2018. •2018 will see the SVoD giant tipping the scales at just over $13bn in revenues.Subscribers Only
Amazon Prime Video is now available in over 200 countries around the worldDecember 15, 2016Amazon has made the Prime Video streaming service available worldwide, following the global launch of Netflix in January 2016. As of 14 December 2016, Amazon Prime Video was available in 200 countries, excluding China, Syria, Iran, and North Korea. In total, the launch encompasses 242 distinct geographical territories.Subscribers Only
Comcast Launches Stream to Defend Position, Not Change the MarketJuly 16, 2015Comcast, the largest pay TV operator in the US, is set to offer a low cost ‘streaming cable’ pay TV service. The $15 per month service, Stream, will only be available to Comcast’s internet customers as the service uses the managed-IP part of Comcast’s cable infrastructure to deliver video and not the open internet.Subscribers Only
Sony brings A la carte to PlayStation VueJune 29, 2015Sony’s three month old online pay TV service, PlayStation Vue, will begin offering a limited a la carte offering in July. Three individual channels will become available for subscription on a monthly basis, with out the need of a TV bundle from PlayStation Vue: • Showtime priced at $10.99 per month ; • Fox Soccer Channel for $14.99 per month; • Machinima (an online gaming and video entertainment channel) for $3.99 per month.Subscribers Only
Hulu partners with AT&T to ramp its multiscreen serviceMay 22, 2015Hulu has partnered with AT&T to bring its subscription service to AT&T customers. The deal builds upon AT&T’s existing agreement with Hulu for its free content and allows AT&T to resell Hulu Plus subscriptions to its customers through the AT&T website and AT&T-branded mobile apps.Subscribers Only
CBS becomes first of US big four broadcasters to launch SVoD serviceOctober 16, 2014US broadcaster CBS has jumped into the over-the-top game with the launch of a direct to consumer online subscription service, CBS All Access. The announcement comes a day after HBO announced plans to launch an over-the-top HBO Go service next year CBS All Access is available on CBS.com, iOS and Android devices.Subscribers Only
HBO will go direct-to-consumer in the USAOctober 15, 2014Premium pay network HBO is set to go over-the-top (OTT) with a standalone HBO Go offering to become available in 2015 in the US. Announced at a Time Warner investor meeting by HBO CEO Richard Plepler, the service is aimed directly at the 80 million homes who do not subscribe to HBO, including 10 million broadband-only subscribers in the US.Subscribers Only
Belgian broadcasters unite to form catch-up TV portal RumbleAugust 28, 2012The three main Flemish language broadcasters in Belgium - public broadcaster VRT, and two commercial networks, VMMa and SBS Belgium, have joined forces in a joint project - a catch-up TV portal called Rumble....
HBO expands its online viewing strategy with release of HBO Go appMay 12, 2011HBO has achieved more than one million downloads of the mobile app offering access to HBO Go since its launch on 29 April. The mobile app is available on Apple's iPhones and iPads as well as Google's Android...