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Cloudio TV now available on EE TV

written by: Richard Kastelein
Cloudio TV now available on EE TV
Europe’s leading diaspora over-the-top international television service, Cloudio TV, has gained another popular distribution network via the EE TV service .

EE, the  UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, with more than 27 million customers, launched EE TV, the UK’s most advanced home TV service in November 2014. “The partnership between EE and Cloudio TV is a showcase of how TV distribution is changing, driven by innovation, efficiency and sustainable growth in the market," says Marc...

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Bell Media Canada Taking on Netflix with CraveTV

written by: Richard Kastelein
Bell Media Canada Taking on Netflix with CraveTV
Premium television, for $4/month. At a press conference this morning, Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media introduced Canada to CraveTV™, the company’s next-generation subscription on-demand video streaming service launching Thursday, Dec. 11. Costing about as much as a latte, CraveTV brings simplicity, ubiquity, accessibility, and premium content to Canadian TV lovers at an unbeatable value.

With a singular focus on delivering the best TV content of yesterday and today, CraveTV is designed...

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BitTorrent to Create its First Original TV Series

written by: Richard Kastelein
BitTorrent to Create its First Original TV Series
BitTorrent plans to takes on Netflix and Amazon with its first original TV series - a sci-fi show called Children of the Machine - The company’s first original TV series, Children of the Machine, will make its debut in the autumn of 2015. According to The Guardian, the eight-episode show will be a free download on BitTorrent’s file-sharing network supported by advertising, although fans will be able to pay $4.95 for an ad-free version, or $9.95 for that plus bonus content. “This is a...

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Netflix CEO Says Broadcast TV is Dead by 2030

written by: Richard Kastelein
Netflix CEO Says Broadcast TV is Dead by 2030
Speaking to an industry audience at a TV event in Mexico city last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that broadcast television will die off within the next 16 years. According to a report from the UK Daily Mail: "It’s kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car. The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030," said Reed. "There's so much viewing that happens on a mobile phone or an iPad that [Nielsen won't] capture." Earlier this year, Netflix,...

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Tablet Users Prefer OTT Service Apps to TV Apps

written by: Richard Kastelein
Tablet Users Prefer OTT Service Apps to TV Apps
According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), despite the widening availability of ‘TV Everywhere’ services, tablet owners are significantly more likely to use OTT service apps such as Netflix than those offered by both TV networks and operators. Almost half (48%) of adult tablet owners report using OTT video apps on occasion, compared with 37% that use broadcast network apps, 31% that use cable network apps, and 23% that use TV operator apps. “Some 60% of adult broadband users...

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Netherlands' Broadcasters Introduce New VoD Challenger to Netflix in Dutch Market

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Netherlands' Broadcasters Introduce New VoD Challenger to Netflix in Dutch Market
The top three Dutch broadcasting groups, NPO, RTL and SBS, have launched their common S-VOD portal, NLziet in order to take on Netflix and Videoland in The Netherlands. The platform, which will cost cost €7.95 a month, will launch with 2750 series and programmes (29,002 episodes and 12,024 hours) of TV and there are apps available for iOS and Android, as well as a browser application.
Director Niel, head of NLziet, said:
"We have a wider range than Netflix and Videoland We do talk shows,...

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Viewster Online Film Festival - Launches Today With Over 500 Participants

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Viewster Online Film Festival -  Launches Today With Over 500 Participants
Viewster, the leading international video service for free movies and TV shows, today announced the opening of public voting for their second edition of the Viewster Online Film Festival (#VOFF), a first-of-its kind online event attracting millions of video fans for two weeks of creative film exploration. Starting today, June 12th, through June 26th film lovers everywhere can join the Viewster community and vote on their favorite festival selections created by television and film producers,...

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PWC Report - OTT and VoD Services to grow 28.1 per cent per Year

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PWC Report - OTT and VoD Services to grow 28.1 per cent per Year
According to PricewaterHouseCoopers research, revenue generated by over-the-top (OTT) video streaming services is to grow at an annual rate of 28.1 per cent.

Electronic home video over-the-top (OTT)/streaming and digital music streaming are two of the fastest-growing consumer sub-segments cited in the Outlook, set to rise at annual rates of 28.1% and 13.4% respectively. Monetising the digital consumer: Spending on digitally delivered content will account for only 17% of total consumer...

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Tesco's Blinkbox now on Xbox One - Coming to Chromecast Next

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Tesco's Blinkbox now on Xbox One - Coming to Chromecast Next
Blinkbox movies & TV has launched a dedicated app for the Xbox One console, giving even more homes easy access to the latest blockbuster movies and top TV series.

The new app complements the existing app for the Xbox 360 as well as apps for Apple and Android tablets, Sony PlayStation 3, Smart TVs, Windows 8 devices, set top boxes and PCs and Macs.

Blinkbox are also developing an app for Chromecast, Google’s thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV.

The new Xbox...

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Study: Original Digital Video Overtakes TV In News, Sports & Daytime In Viewer Preference & Approaches

written by: Richard Kastelein
Study: Original Digital Video Overtakes TV In News, Sports & Daytime In Viewer Preference & Approaches
Americans are increasingly embracing original digital video, according to the “2014 Original Digital Video Study” from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which finds that viewers of original digital programming prefer that type of content to news, sports and daytime programming on television, and like it almost as much as they do primetime TV. The research, produced by GfK as an update to last year’s landmark original digital video study with IAB, also reveals that over one in five...

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FCC to Gut 'Net Neutrality' Rules

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FCC to Gut 'Net Neutrality' Rules
America's Federal Communications Commission said it will propose rules on Thursday that could give high-speed Internet providers more power on what content moves the fastest on the Web based on which firms pay the most. The new rules will mean videos from the likes ESPN.com, Facebook or YouTube could be delivered more smoothly because of payments to broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon while the streaming videos of smaller companies will be jammed with buffering and...

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Amazon and HBO on Deal to Bring Award-Winning HBO Programming to Prime Members

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Amazon and HBO on Deal to Bring Award-Winning HBO Programming to Prime Members
Amazon.com has announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The...

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