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.
Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV and OTT provider, now TV, is partnering with Netflix to deliver the streamer’s service directly to its subscribers through now TV’s set-top boxes and it’s next-gen 4K all-in-one device, “now one,” starting in the second quarter.
The deal, which makes now TV the first of Hong Kong’s service providers to over Netflix directly to its customers, adds heat to an already hot SVOD market in Hong Kong.
Think binge watching video is just for kids? Think again. A study of Canadian consumers shows nearly half (49%) of consumers 50-59 years old have binged in the past year, just under the 55% average for all demographics.
The Media Technology Monitor said Millennials (of course) were the most apt to binge, defined as watching three or more episodes of a show consecutively, with 78% of 18-26 year olds, 76% of those 27-34, and 58% of 35-49.
Mexican mass media company Televisa is rolling out the region’s latest “Netflix killer,” an SVOD service known as “Blim” designed to take advantage of booming online video consumption in Latin America.
The service will feature sports, entertainment, news, soap operas and films. It launched this week with an exclusive for the new James Bond movie, Spectre; part of which was filmed in Mexico City.
More than 175 million subs for Netflix by 2020? That’s the forecast at least one researcher has for the streaming giant, nearly 20% of the 926 million broadband subscribers the world will have by the end of this decade.
Netflix currently has some 75 million subscribers.
The wild card, of course, is mobile. As more countries deploy high-speed 4G and, eventually, even more robust 5G mobile networks, that forecast could be far below Netflix’s potential.
Netflix, seeking to cement its toehold in its rapidly expanding international market, is expected to spend as much as $1.2 billion on original content in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain, according to published reports.
The company has publicly said it plans to spend $5 billion on content production and acquisition in 2016.
Usually, July is the silly season where rumors are rampant because there’s just no news coming out of the tech world. But today, Netflix’s share price has popped more than 5% on rumors Apple may be interested in acquiring it. Has a new silly season started? Probably.
The source of the minor price run up was a Forbes article yesterday that’s been picked up and reshaped by a number of media outlets and, so, Boom!, a rumor with legs.
Dish Network has rolled out the third-generation of its whole-home DVR system, Hopper 3 features, to customers nationwide. The device features a whopping 16 tuners, delivers enhanced 4K and supports up to seven TVs simultaneously.
And, Hopper 3 soon will include the Netflix app, along with integrating Netflix titles into its universal search results.
Netflix topped analyst expectations for total subscriber growth in the fourth quarter, reporting it closed the year at 74.76 million subscribers as it added a record 5.59 million subscribers.
Wall Street had expected the company to close the year at 74.3 million, with 5.15 million adds.
In a closely watched forecast, the streamer said it expects to add 6.1 million additional subscribers in Q1, topping estimates of more than 5 million.
Have Australians lost that lovin’ feeling for Netflix less than a year after the SVOD services launch in the land Down Under?
A new survey says the ardor appears to have cooled a bit after a torrid beginning.
By the end of December, a new study from Roy Morgan Research said, some 2.73 million Australians have access to the service with nearly 1.04 million subscribers signed up.
But the growth has slowed appreciably.
Singapore operators Singtel and StarHub have followed different roads to the same destination – partnership deals with Netflix – just more than a week after the streaming video company announced it would deploy in the Asian city.
Hong Kong-based PCCW Media is deploying its over-the-top (OTT) multiscreen video service, Viu, in Singapore, its first regional expansion on the product.