UK SVOD revenues up by 76%

UK subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) revenues grew by 76% to reach $186.7m (£112m) in 2013, according to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2014.  The increase appears to be due to the growing popularity of SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. “The subscription model saw the steepest growth…a possible indication that online streaming services are gaining traction in the UK

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Australia’s Dendy launches VOD service

Australian exhibitor Dendy’s streaming service, Dendy Direct, launched yesterday (August 6) with product from studios including 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. The transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) service is in talks with other US studios and also has content from local companies ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment and all the leading independent distributors.

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Nine takes 8% stake in Quickflix

Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co (NEC) has acquired HBO’s 8% stake in local DVD rental and VOD operator Quickflix. NEC is understood to have paid just under $1m for all of HBO’s redeemable preference shares in Quickflix. Simon Kelly, NEC’s chief operating officer, told The Australian that the shares were an opportunistic financial investment and declined to comment on whether

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One Chance to debut on Yahoo Screen

Following its VOD success with Snowpiercer, The Weinstein Company (TWC) is releasing UK comedy Once Chance exclusively through Yahoo Screen 10 days before its theatrical release. The movie will be available to Yahoo Screen customers for free – a release strategy aimed squarely at younger viewers who are more likely to watch it on a computer screen. TWC has set

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