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Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
OTT, Content, Workflow
Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
Aug 10 2016 11:00 AM

By 2017, Hollywood could be producing as many as 500 scripted TV shows, a 20% increase from last year’s record 417, according to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, who told a Television Association Critics gathering that he anticipates up to 450 shows this year.

Netflix plans to top $6 billion content budget in 2017
Netflix, Content
Netflix plans to top $6 billion content budget in 2017
Jul 28 2016 7:00 AM

Netflix is planning to increase its investment in original and licensed content beyond the $6 billion it spent this year, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the Television Critics Assn. in Beverly Hills Wednesday.

Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Pay TV, Content
Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Jun 30 2016 7:45 AM

Dish Network’s OTT service, Sling TV, continues to tweak its offerings as it looks to push subscriber numbers higher and maintain its lead in the virtual MSO space.

Its new multi-stream service, which has been coasting along in beta version, today became a formal offering named Sling Blue. Priced at $25 a month for new customers (existing multi-stream beta customers will stay at $20) the service allows users to watch up to three streams at once.

Amazon Prime ups HDR content availability, promises more; 4K? What 4K?
Content, UHD
Amazon Prime ups HDR content availability, promises more; 4K? What 4K?
Jun 28 2016 4:15 PM

Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV yet? Not to worry, there’s really not that much content available for it yet, anyway. What there is, is an increasing flow of HDR content, juiced up content that looks more vibrant and feels a bit like you may expect from 4K.

Amazon Prime this week announced it was releasing the second season of its Amazon Original Series, Bosch, along with a number of films in High Dynamic Range (HDR).

EMEA, Content, SVOD
AMC partners with Machinima for SVOD gaming channel in Spain, Portugal
Jun 22 2016 6:15 AM

AMC International Networks Iberia is partnering with many2many programming service Machinima to launch a gaming, eSports and heros SVOD channel for Spain and Portugal.

The channel will be available via pay TV, smart TVs and iOS/Android apps and feature programming produced by Machinima, including Street Fighter: Resurrection, eSports reality show Training Camp and the forthcoming Transformers: The Combiner Wars.

ESPN, Verizon resolve suit over skinny bundle
Content, Sports, Pay TV
ESPN, Verizon resolve suit over skinny bundle
May 10 2016 10:30 AM

ESPN and Verizon have settled the 2015 breech of contract suit the sportscaster filed against Verizon after the telco moved it off the FiOS-TV service basic skinny bundle that was created in an effort to lure Millennials and other cord nevers and cutters to the operator.

Hulu nears 12M subs as it sees 33% growth in past 12 months
SVOD, Content, Analytics
Hulu nears 12M subs as it sees 33% growth in past 12 months
May 04 2016 8:00 AM

Hulu today said it has close to 12 million subscribers in the U.S. – still a long way behind Netflix’s 47.7 million domestic subscribers and Amazon Prime Instant Video’s estimated 21.6 million users – but it’s a significant bump from last year’s 9 million subs.

Report: Netflix planning original content in Singapore
APAC, Content, SVOD
Report: Netflix planning original content for Singapore
May 03 2016 8:15 AM

Netflix may be planning to produce more local content for its Singaporean subscribers, but Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos suggested that any local video likely could play globally, a la Narcos – a drama about the drug trade set in Colombia – has been able to do.

O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content
Netflix, SVOD, Content
O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content
Apr 21 2016 4:00 AM

O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content

Not only has Canada been shut out of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs – there’s not a single team playing from the Great White North – but Netflix has added insult to injury, cracking down on Canadians using VPNs to access the streamer’s richer U.S. catalog of content.

Bravo Media plans digital-first series
Content, SVOD, OTT
Bravo Media plans its inaugural digital-first series
Apr 12 2016 10:15 AM

CBS plans to try it, eventually, making its next Star Trek iteration available only on its SVOD play, CBS All Access, but cablenet Bravo Media is one step ahead, launching its own standalone, original digital series, on Monday.

Turner leads $15M funding round for Mashable’s push into TV
Online Video, Content
Turner leads $15M funding round for Mashable’s push into TV
Mar 31 2016 2:00 PM

Digital publisher Mashable has gotten its second major infusion of capital in the past year, this time from Turner Broadcasting, which led a $15 million dollar round for the online news site as it continues pushing its efforts to expand its video offerings and break into TV.

Turner Warner Investments last year led a $17 million round for Mashable.

Sony Pictures plans April 4 launch for ‘Ultra’ 4K streaming service
UHD, Content
Sony Pictures plans April 4 launch for ‘Ultra’ 4K streaming service
Mar 29 2016 12:30 PM

Got a hankering for some 4K/UHD video?

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) said it plans to launch its their new 4K streaming service —Ultra — on April 4. The catch? The content will only be available, initially, on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs with Android TV, and… movies will cost $30 each.

Plans for the 4K digital service were announced originally at CES in January.

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