Bollywood Channel Expands to Apple TV
India’s Eros Now, featuring Bollywood movies, music videos and TV shows, is now available on Apple TV in addition to the web, smartphone apps, iPad, Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. Eros Now boasts a movie library of over 3,000 films and 37 million registered users worldwide. Basic service is free and includes ... Read more
US-Canadian Internet TV Market Could Reach $24.39 Billion in 2021
Industry analyst firm Digital TV Research predicted that Internet-delivered, aka Over-The-Top (OTT), television and video revenues in both Canada and the US will reach a combined $24.39 billion in 2021, up from $2.67 billion in 2010 and $15.39 billion in 2015. The new report, North America OTT TV & Video Forecasts, said there were 81.81 ... Read more
More ‘Detective Montalbano’
MHz Choice will add two new episodes of the hit Italian series Detective Montalbano to its lineup on June 28.  For $7.95 per month, MHz Choice offers web, smartphone, iPad and Roku users more than 2,000 hours of subtitled mysteries, dramas and comedies from around the world. Other upcoming new titles can be previewed here: ... Read more
Caméra d’Or Winner ‘Divines’ Coming to Netflix
Netflix announced that Divines, which was screened at this year’s Cannes film festival, will be made available to its subscribers in the US and around the world later this year. The movie, which is set in a ghetto near Paris, follows Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as ... Read more
Viewers Could See Advertising on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  Netflix and Amazon Prime Video subscribers could see advertising-supported programming in the future.  That’s the conclusion of a new study by market research firm GfK of 2,311 American consumers ages 13-64, including 1,007 regular users of major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube. The study, Comparing Streaming Services 2016, suggests that Netflix and ... Read more
VersusMedia Launches Channel for Indie Films, Music Videos
Los Angeles-based VersusMedia, which boasts a 15-year record of connecting independent filmmakers with musicians, has launched a streaming channel for Roku Amazon Fire TV and Android TV users. It said it expects to add Apple TV to the list by the fall. Current non-exclusive offerings on the channel include TV shows like In Deep and ... Read more
Ali as Actor: An Online Guide
Muhammad Ali, world champion boxer, beloved humanitarian….and actor? Perhaps not his greatest skill, but Ali did take his shot as a thespian on both the big and small screen. His biggest role was as himself in 1977’s feature film The Greatest, which garnered a very positive review in The New York Times. You can watch ... Read more
Warner Bros. Digital Networks Takes Shape
Warner Bros. formed a new division, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, to focus exclusively on digital and OTT (Over-the-Top) video services – in other words, TV shows and movies not tied to cable or satellite. The company said to expect announcements of more streaming services in the coming months. Warner Bros.-owned digital networks already include DramaFever, ... Read more
YouTube Goes After Premium Subscribers
YouTube is already the largest ad-supported video site in the world, according to Bloomberg. Recent developments suggest, however, that it’s increasingly focused on securing paying subscribers. Noting previous failed efforts at establishing a premium platform, Motley Fool’s Rick Munarriz sees promise in YouTube Red, the $9.99 per month service that launched in October 2015. YouTube ... Read more
‘Homeland’ Shifts Premiere Date, Locale for Season Six
Showtime’s award-winning Homeland will go from a fall to a winter premiere when season six debuts in January 2017. The hit drama is scheduled to begin production in New York this August, marking the series’ stateside return after having shot season sour in South Africa and season five in Berlin. Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray ... Read more
Netflix: From Greenie Puppets to Wrestling Women
Puppets and Julie Andrews Female wrestlers in spandex Where would you find such things in the same place? On Netflix, of course! Here are the streaming service’s latest original programming developments: Coming in 2017, Julie’s Greenroom will be a series for pre-schoolers conceived by and starring “Mary Poppins” herself Julie Andrews, with a cast of ... Read more
CuriosityStream Slates Two Originals
CuriosityStream, which offers over 1,400 documentaries and non-fiction series, said it is premiering two original shows this month: David Attenborough’s Light on Earth and Mark Emery’s American Wildlife. The feature-length Light on Earth focuses on “creatures that produce their own radiance” both on land and in the oceans. It’s a co-production of CuriosityStream, the service ... Read more
New Content Lures More Subscribers to Netflix
  TheStreet’s Andrew Hedlun writes that streaming giant Netflix’s future is looking rather rosy, at least short term, thanks to new content-driven subscriber growth. Hedlun refers to a Cantor Fitzgerald report highlighting Netflix’s new original television series and features, as well as plans to exclusively stream popular Walt Disney films and television programming. The report ... Read more
Amazon Prime Viewers to Vote Up or Down on New Pilots
  Amazon’s new pilot season, which allows its Prime Members to help select the next slate of original Amazon shows, kicks off June 17. Prime Members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, will be able to stream and review new shows, including two one-hour pilots, The Last Tycoon and The Interestings, which will ... Read more
Dove Channel Looks to Growth
Cinedigm’s Dove Channel, looking to grow its “family friendly” streaming service, has enlisted Rakuten Marketing to create a national affiliate program targeting mommy and faith-based outlets.   An affiliate program works by running ads that link to an advertiser’s site (in this case, Dove Channel) over a network of targeted online publications. Dove Channel, which launched ... Read more
UltraFlix Expands 4K HD to Roku 2 and 3
  NanoTech Entertainment’s UltraFlix service is now is now offering its 4K HD roster of movies, documentaries, TV shows, concerts and sports to Roku 2 and Roku 3 owners. UltraFlix says it has 600 hours of on demand content, plus another 100 hours of free content, but no names of titles in its library are ... Read more
‘Transparent’ to Return
Amazon's 'Transparent' to Return for a Fourth Season
AT&T Hopes Connecting Its DirecTV Service to Cars Will Drive Video Consumption
The Washington Post’s Brian Fung reports AT&T plans to offer to wireless customers its pay-tv service, DirecTV, directly in their cars. Although AT&T hasn’t given a service launch timeline, Fung writes about the additional revenue-generating potential of providing data-hogging video to vehicles that are connected to its cellular network. Chris Penrose, senior vice president of ... Read more
Before ‘Maya & Marty’….
  NBC will premiere its latest stab at a live variety series, Maya & Marty tonight. If the previews are any indication, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are returning to a brand of male-female comedy schtick and banter that used to be a mainstay of, well, the TV variety series. So if you like Maya ... Read more
YouTube Celebs Parlay With Pope
Over the weekend, 11 international YouTube celebrities met with Pope Francis in the Vatican “ to discuss promoting understanding and empathy,” according to a blog post by YouTube’s head of policy Juniper Downs. The two U.S. representatives were Dulce Candy, a Mexican immigrant and Iraqi War veteran whose YouTube channel focusing on “beauty, fashion and ... Read more