Hulu is dipping its toe into the growing tide of binge watchers, announcing that it will allow users to binge view Shut Eye, it’s original series that rolls out Dec. 7.
The SVOD service, jointly owned by Fox, Comcast, Disney and Time Warner, isn’t ready to fully jump into the water, holding the line at the 10-episode series that based on the rather bizarre topic of Los Angeles psychics and their connection to organized crime syndicates.
Bad news for commuters and road warriors hoping to catch up on The Crown or House of Cards: There’s no truth to the rumors – rampant over the past couple of weeks – that Netflix will be offering content for offline viewing in the near future (or, ever for that matter)… at least not in the United States and probably not in any market that has a highly developed WiFi and broadband infrastructure, like most of Western Europe.
Opera TV is helping SVOD service Claro video expand its presence in Latin America’s growing market, helping Claro streamline its app development and deployment efforts.
Brunei telco DST is partnering with iflix to offer its subscribers a year’s worth of unlimited access to the streaming video service for $48.
The deal gives DST customers access to content on up to five devices, including phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TVs and other connected devices. , and also allows them to download content to their mobile device to watch offline.
Australian streaming video service Stan this week told investors it had more than 600,000 subscribers, up from 332,000 in May and 50,000 from numbers shared in September, and also said it expected to reach 1 million paying subs by the middle of Fiscal Year 2018. And, said the 16-month-old startup, it expects to reach the breakeven point by the second half of FY 2018.
The number of subscription video on-demand users in Latin America is expected to hit 31.81 million by 2021, a 161% increase from the 12.19 million subscribers in the region at the end of 2015. Nearly one-in-five TV households will subscribe to an OTT service, up from just 11% this year.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one streaming service, with the Big 3 – Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu – most prevalent.
But Sling TV, CBS All Access and Showtime are moving up in that list – prepared by Parks Associates – as more Americans opt for SVOD services.
Parks said it’s seeing continued growth among the Top 10 SVOD services, with all of them growing their subscriber bases over the past year.
Hulu’s decision to cut its free, ad-supported streaming service is expected to sharply reduce the number of users of the service, dropping its base by nearly half, according to new research that also says Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is booming.
APAC’s subscription video on-demand (SVOD) subscriber numbers will more than double to 157.8 million by 2021, up from an anticipated 76.1 million at the end of 2016, a new report says. That’s an increase of 279% from the 41.7 million subscribers the region had at the end of 2015.
The rapid scaling comes as an increasing number of services launch in the region and as the Netflix deployment to the entire region in January of this year begins to gain traction.
NHL fans were quick to dismiss FoxTrax (aka “the Glow Puck”) when it was introduced during Fox telecasts of games from 1996 to 1998. It may be time to bring it back if the NHL’s new streaming play – which targets younger viewers who are eschewing traditional television and consuming an even-increasing amount of content on smartphones – gains traction among its target audience, smartphone wielding Millennial males.
Kenyan SVOD service ShowMax, in association with Safaricom, has rolled out a two-tier service for watching TV shows and movies targeting an SVOD market that’s been described as immature, but that also has analysts predicting 5X growth in the subscriber base.