Following years of being kept at arms-length by Hollywood studios and broadcasters, Google is one giant step closer to launching its expected Cloud TV service after getting CBS to agree to supply programming. Reports also say that all three of the remaining Big 4 broadcasters getting closer to deals.
The battle for subscribers to online video services in Southeast Asia picked up some steam this week with a multi-year content deal between startup Netflix wannabe iflix and NBCUniversal International Distribution.
The agreement delivers hundreds of hours of television programming from NBCU’s portfolio, including nearly two-dozen first-run TV shows and popular catalog titles. Among the titles are
Rights to live sporting events continue to inflate the price tag for content. The latest deal – for Germany’s Bundesliga soccer league – netted $5.26 billion for rights that include multiple platforms.
Bundesliga made sure no broadcaster got a monopoly on live rights for the next four seasons, divvying them up between Sky Deutschland, Discovery’s Eurosport , German public broadcasters ZDF and ARD, and online streaming platform Perform.
CBS and NBC will each televise five Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and pay a lot more for the privilege. What entity will get the rights to stream 10 of the Thursday night games has yet to be announced, but is expected to come soon as the NFL said it’s in the middle of “active discussions with potential digital partners.”
Spain has one of the highest rates of broadband-only households in the world; although nearly three-quarters of all households have a broadband connection, just more than half of them subscriber to a pay-TV service.
That huge population of cord cutters and cord nevers makes Spain a significant outlier among its EU fellows, but also a major prize for OTT and SVOD companies.
Will content owners like Time Warner really ever cut Netflix off at the programming spigot?
Not likely, said Netflix Chief of Content Ted Sarandos, who Monday told an audience at the Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that doing so would cost content owners billions.
“What you’re seeing is a fundamental change in audience behavior,” he said, in answer to a question. “And, it’s a SVOD shift, not just a Netflix shift.”
The sky still isn’t falling for Netflix, although its stock price took a wicked tumble of some 10% in the minutes following its Q3 earnings release, before bouncing back to trade 3% lower after hours.
Amazon Prime Instant Video and CBS continue to build on their, um, unique relationship, with Amazon scoring a coup, of sorts, for CBS summer series (think Under the Dome) through 2018.
As it has with Dome and Extant, Amazon will be allowed to stream the new series just a few days after broadcast at no additional charge to their membership.
The initial series, BrainDead, is a comic-thriller scheduled to debut in summer 2016.
Pro basketball fans will be able to purchase single game or season-long passes for individual teams out-of-market in the 2015-16 NBA season.
The move by the NBA gives fans new options to the existing streaming bundle – the NBA League Pass – that requires users to buy a full season or a package that included up to five teams.
Is Suddenlink the new face of pay-TV? An ever-expanding OTT offering bolstered by the networks and a decreasing lineup of cable networks?
The company today announced it had joined an increasing lineup of pay-TV operators that have reached a deal with Hulu, looking to add more perceived value to their video service… while at the same time trimming content costs (see below).
ESPN may have dropped a breech of contract lawsuit on Verizon after the telco launched its “Custom TV” skinny bundle that moved the sportsnet off the basic tier, but not every sports network is looking askance at the new $55 a month deal.
Disney has decided to play hardball with Verizon for offering its ESPN cable channel as an add-on to its new Custom TV FiOS package rather than as part of its basic tier. This morning ESPN filed a lawsuit alleging breech of contract.