OTT/Streaming

Star Wars Spin-Off is a Boon for Disney+ in Streaming Battle (Ampere Insights)

Disney+'s Star Wars series The Mandalorian looks like a key driver for the new platform as interest levels top those of rival Apple debuts The Morning Show and See. The Mandalorian... More

Apple Could Promote TV+ With Companion Podcasts (Engadget)

Apple has considered producing podcasts to support its slate of original TV+ shows and movies, according to Bloomberg. The company reportedly sent out a call for pitches last summe... More

Dick Wolf Joins the Race for TV’s Last Billions (Forbes)

Over three decades, Dick Wolf’s Law & Order has produced several spinoffs that have filled about 60 seasons of television with more than 1,000 episodes. All those figures have ad... More

Netflix Sets Up Italian Office in Rome (Variety)

After opening its doors in Paris last week, Netflix is setting up an office in Rome, Variety can reveal. The streaming giant has confirmed that it will move its Italian team, which... More

SVOD Viewing Time Continued to Grow in 2019 (DTE)

Continuing the industry’s ongoing trend towards streaming, American consumers watched about 20 more minutes watching Netflix than in 2018. According to the NPD Group, weekly time... More

Netflix Cuts Definition of a ‘View’ Down to 2 Minutes (Next TV)

Netflix said that it has changed its benchmark for a counting views to whether a user sat through at least two minutes of the content. In its fourth-quarter letter to shareholders,... More

Ampere: VOD Subscription Stacking Grows in U.S., Europe (RTN)

The proportion of Internet respondents in major markets with multiple subscription video-on-demand contracts is growing strongly according to research from Ampere Analysis. The stu... More

TiVo’s Latest Pivot: From DVR Pioneer to OTT Company (B&C)

The company that changed television forever with its groundbreaking digital video recorder is itself suddenly shifting with the times.... More

Disney+ Will Launch in Europe a Week Earlier Than Planned (CNBC)

Disney announced that it will launch its new streaming service Disney+ in the UK and parts of Europe a week earlier than planned. Disney+ was initially set to launch across parts o... More

Apple TV+ Shows Streaming-Wars Clout With Renewals for Series That Haven’t Yet Debuted (Fortune)

If Apple TV+ hadn't already proven itself a formidable presence in the head-spinningly packed TV landscape—the tech giant did lure Jennifer Aniston back to series television—th... More

Peacock Signals New ‘Gold Rush’ for Ad-Supported Streaming (THR)

As consumers grow wary of paying for subscription-based services, experts say more ad-supported video is on the way, including from the new NBCU service.... More

TiVo is Ready for the Streaming Wars (Cheddar)

TiVo, famous for its DVR devices that capture and record TV programs in real-time, is wading into the streaming wars with a new one-stop entertainment platform, says CEO Dave Shull... More

Netflix Bows French Office With a Bang, Unveils New Shows (Variety)

Netflix continued to make strides in its European expansion on Thursday, unveiling a swanky multi-floor Paris office and announcing 20 new French shows and movies in the pipeline. ... More

Quarter of U.S. Broadband Households Use Free, Ad-Based OTT Services (Rapid TV News)

In a consumer study examining demand for pay-TV features and subscription OTT video services, Parks Associates has found that US broadband households are interested in offerings ac... More

TiVo: Smart TVs Deliver the Fastest Search, Discovery (Next TV)

According to the tech company’s latest survey, it takes 10.3 minutes on average using a smart TV’s interface to find a new movie or TV show vs. 12 minutes for Apple TV.... More

Netflix Content Spending to Top $17B in 2020 (Variety)

Netflix is keeping its foot pressed firmly on the gas pedal in the streaming-video road race. The streamer will invest around $17.3 billion this year in content on a cash basis, ac... More

NBCUniversal’s Peacock Ends Phase One of the Streaming Era (CNBC)

In what’s become a right of passage in the world of media and entertainment, Comcast’s NBCUniversal will unveil Peacock, its new video streaming service, during the company’s... More

With Stars Made for Streaming, Nature Shows are Hot Again (NY Times)

Wildlife’s global, family appeal, when the environment is “the issue of the age,” gives Netflix and its rivals a rich supply of new content. ... More

Apple Has its Eye on MGM (Ampere Insights)

Apple has reportedly been in talks with MGM in a bid to acquire content to bolster the Apple TV+ catalogue, which will be particularly important when its free trial periods start t... More

Streaming Wars Will Force Media Companies to Choose Between Pricey Subscriptions and Sitting Through Ads (CNBC)

The streaming wars are poised to heat up in a big way in 2020, but that doesn’t mean consumers are jazzed to open up their wallets for them. HBO Max is scheduled to launch in May... More