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    Canadian SVOD shomi seals Disney deal

    Canadian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service shomi has unveiled a new content distribution agreement with Disney. The selection of  Disney content (exclusive to the Canadian SVOD market) includes 102 Dalmatians, The Parent Trap, Race to Witch Mountain, Muppets Treasure Island, Sky High, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian….

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    Sarah Barnett switched from SundanceTV to BBC AMERICA

    AMC Networks has announced the appointment of Sarah Barnett to the position of President and General Manager, BBC AMERICA. Currently president and general manager of AMC Networks’ SundanceTV, Barnett will begin her new role early next year, overseeing both BBC AMERICA and SundanceTV for an interim period until a successor at SundanceTV is named. BBC…

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    Amazon Instant Video on the rise in US traffic chart

    Sandvine has released its latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014”. The report finds that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. However, Amazon Instant Video has established itself as the second largest paid streaming video service in North America. While…

Analysis & Opinion

  • OTTtv World Summit asks: Could Chromecast replace set top box?

    At OTTtv World Summit, London At yesterday’s OTT World Summit, a panel discussion including the likes of TalkTalk, Arqiva, and DT came together to ask ‘Are We Witnessing the Death of the Set Top Box?’ The answer, perhaps surprisingly, was an emphatic and unanimous ‘no’ – for a variety of reasons, it was agreed that…

  • Report: Where next for Sky in Europe?

    Yesterday saw the completion of Sky’s European consolidation, with BSkyB absorbing Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland and encompassing both under one umbrella (henceforth just ‘Sky’). While this seems entirely in step with the consolidating trend within the industry at large, and looks to be in keeping with Sky’s wider interests and ambitions, the question remains as…

  • TV AD: Has Amazon Fire Stick sparked Age of Dongle?

    With Amazon having entered the fray with its Fire Stick, joining the Roku Streaming Stick and (of course) Google’s Chromecast, it would appear that we have definitely entered, TV wise, the AD era: the Age of the Dongle. Tom Cheesewright (from applied futurism practice Book of the Future)points to the compelling logic behind the proliferation…

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