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Amazon tests monthly fee for fast delivery service Prime

Amazon has introduced a monthly Amazon Prime subscription option that will see buyers receive goods within two days for $7.99 a month. Instead of $79 per year, customers in the US can now choose to pay $7.99 per month. Amazon Prime membership lets users stream movies and TV shows from the Prime Instant Video library, and gives free two-day shipping on most items, and offers other perks.

15/11/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft to buy Netflix?

Microsoft is mulling a bid for online video service Netflix, according to a report by Forbes, as competition in the video on demand sector heats up. The move would be one of the most significant purchases in the technology and television space. 

01/11/2012  |  Full story...

Online movie audience data – Boom in paid subscriptions and paid downloads

$4.4bn is what the online film industry will be worth within five years. Online movie audience data has been trending upwards steeply and now Global Industry Analysts are forecasting a boom in paid subscriptions and paid downloads. Here’s why…

13/04/2012  |  Full story...

Sky takes on LoveFilm and Netflix with ‘Now TV’

Sky is set to launch a web TV services, offering non-Sky customers the chance to view its programs online on monthly or pay-per-view basis. The streaming service will launch this summer, intially offering access to Sky Movies. The broadcaster plans to introduce other content, starting with Entertainment and Sport, soon after.

22/03/2012  |  Full story...

Dixons owner to launch movie streaming service

Currys, PC World and Dixons owner DSG is to launch a new streaming movie service online. Called Knowhow Movies, the service offers both downloads and streaming and is due to launch sometime in “early 2012”.

29/02/2012  |  Full story...

Netflix UK launch ‘beats expectations’

Netflix has seen profits drop, but its UK launch has exceeded expectations, according to its latest financial figures.The US-based DVD rental and video streaming service posted fourth-quarter net profit down from $47.1m a year ago to $40.7m.

30/01/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft axes web TV plans

Microsoft has scrapped its plans to launch an online video streaming service, following poor reception, according to a news report. The software giant has been trying to set up its own video streaming service for well over a year. Reuters reports that the firm has shelved those plans following a less than enthusiastic response from the big media content studios.

13/01/2012  |  Full story...

Just 38% of TiVo users now watching live TV- research

The consumption of recorded television and Internet-delivered programming is quickly surpassing live TV viewership, according to new research from TiVo. Nearly two-thirds of the viewing on web-connected TiVo units is now delayed television or on-demand video via broadband (OTT).

12/01/2012  |  Full story...

Netflix takes on LoveFilm with UK and Ireland launch

US-based firm Netflix has launched in the UK and Ireland, offering a new rival to Amazon-owned Lovefilm in the online video streaming arena. Netflix launched in 2007 and now has more than 20 million online subscribers in 47 countries. Films will be available on a variety of platforms, including games consoles, smartphones and tablets.

10/01/2012  |  Full story...

LoveFilm to stream ITV and BBC shows

Amazon-owned LoveFilm has signed new streaming deals with ITV and the BBC, as the online video service looks to boosting its UK television archive ahead of Netflix’s launch in the UK. The deals mark the biggest two TV content agreements signed by LoveFilm to date and covers hundreds of recent and archive titles.

10/01/2012  |  Full story...

Games consoles becoming ‘entertainment hubs’

US consumers are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows in growing numbers, according to a new survey. The poll of 3000 people in the US, conducted by Nielsen, found that streaming video accounted for 14% of the average time spent using Microsoft 's Xbox 360 in October, up from 10% a year earlier. For Sony's PS3, the share of streaming video was 15% this year, up from 9% last year. The shift was even more dramatic for Nintendo's Wii, which jumped to 33% from 20%.

04/01/2012  |  Full story...

Consumers spent $3.5bn on online video services in 2011- report

Global consumer spend on online video has exploded in 2011, reaching $3.5bn in total for the year, according to new research. The study, entitled Global OTT Video Forecast: Q4 2011, from Strategy Analytics, found that subscriptions rather than one-off transactions will drive the growth over the next few years.

14/12/2011  |  Full story...

Netflix to take on LoveFilm with 2012 UK launch

The world's biggest internet TV and film streaming service, Netflix is to launch in the UK early next year. The news comes days after Google announced a movie rental service for UK Android users, and Sony announced the launch of its Entertainment Network, offering streaming and downloading services.


25/10/2011  |  Full story...

Netflix axes DVD spin off ‘Qwikster’ after customer outrage

Netflix has ditched plans to spin off its DVD rental business from its online streaming operations, following a flood of complaints from customers. Less than a month ago, the Netflix said it would split the DVD rental business off on a new website, to be called Qwikster. The company said that customers who want streaming movies and DVDs will have to pay for them separately.


11/10/2011  |  Full story...

Facebook transforms into media hub, partners Spotify and NetFlix

Facebook has undergone its biggest redesign yet, as the social network repositions itself as a one-stop entertainment hub where users can watch films and TV, read books and news and listen to music on the same platform. The revamp, set to roll out over the next few weeks, will see user profiles replaced with an audio visual timeline of their life. In addition, the site's application platform has been redesigned to allow users to share what they are consuming on streaming music services such as Spotify, and the movie rental site Netflix. News sites, including the Guardian and Independent newspapers, are also included in the initial roll out.

23/09/2011  |  Full story...

Netflix splits DVD and streaming into separate brands

US DVD rental and streaming business Netflix is rebranding its DVD by mail service and adding the option of game rentals to its existing. The changes were announced by Netflix Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings in a blog post. The blog post also aimed to appease customers who had been by company plans to separate its DVD and streaming plans and change its pricing.


20/09/2011  |  Full story...

YouTube online movie rental launch

LoveFilm, iTunes and Amazon are bracing themselves for a major launch from Google-owned YouTube into the online movie business. A global deal with key Hollywood studios will give YouTube access to 3,000 online movie titles to rent in its movie store. This is a major step in the battle for long-form content and the ownership of the consumer video rental sector. Big opportunities for brands and advertisers getting pre-roll video ad units into market, as well as for content owners who want to licence video alongside DVD releases…


11/05/2011  |  Full story...

Bankrupt Blockbuster sells for just $320m to Dish Network

Blockbuster has been sold at auction to satellite TV chain Dish Network for just $320m, after the once dominant video chain was pushed into bankruptcy by online competition from the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm. Dish Network, a provider of subscription-based satellite-TV services, said that it expected to pay only $228m for the company, after "certain adjustments" on cash and inventory are made.


07/04/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence March 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence March 2011

Getting search right just got tougher.

This month's shift in the Google algorithm saw massive swings in the rankings of many brand and retail sites, cleaning up much of the spam but creating a few surprises along the way. Good news for the white-hat techniques of best practice, but bad news for many agencies who had been using link farms to bolster the clients' rankings. Getting search right is such a fundamental of web marketing that without it nothing else in the digital mix works properly. It's a core part of the always-on in digital marketing. And other engines are going even further in the war on spam and simply banning sites that don't make the grade.

This month's digital strategy healthcheck? Think beyond the brand and look for your new position on the category terms you need to be famous for. Track the movement, see where your competitors are and make a plan to climb higher up the listings.

Read March 2011

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Netflix and Miramax, online film streaming

Imagine if one of the biggest film distributors teamed up with one of the biggest online movie streaming networks. That’s what Reuters are reporting this week, claiming US movie rental giant Netflix are close to a deal with Miramax to stream their massive back-catalogue. The rumours are that the deal would top $100m over five years. Here’s why it would change film watching…


30/03/2011  |  Full story...

Online vs. store rentals: Blockbuster goes up for sale, closes 609 US stores

Blockbuster has signed a $290m deal to be brought out of bankruptcy by a group of investors, as the movie rental store struggles to compete with online rivals such as Netflix and LoveFilm. The offer from Cobalt Video Holdco LLC is a so-called "stalking horse" bid, which Blockbuster hopes will attract other bidders who will offer more.

Blockbuster used to be the dominant US and UK movie rental chain. In recent years, competition from Netflix, Redbox kiosks and video on-demand services caused Blockbuster's revenues to decline. It filed for bankruptcy in September last year.


24/02/2011  |  Full story...

Amazon takes on Netflix with streaming service for Prime customers

Amazon has launched its streaming video service for paying Amazon Prime customers in the US. The ‘Amazon Prime Instant Video’ service has a catalogue of more than 5,000 commercial-free streaming movies and TV shows. The service is a free add-on for subscribers to Amazon's £49-per-year Amazon Prime membership, which grants free two-day shipping, no minimum order size requirement and a price reduction on one-day shipping.


24/02/2011  |  Full story...

Top 10 online display advertisers- US

AT&T ranked as the top online display advertiser in Q3, 2010 with 21.1 billion impressions, accounting for 1.6% of display advertisments.

Top 10 online display advertisers- US. AT&T ranked as the top online display advertiser in Q3, 2010 with 21.1 billion impressions, accounting for 1.6% of display advertisments.


Amazon buys LoveFilm ‘for £200m’

Amazon has bought Lovefilm, in a deal that reportedly values the UK-based DVD rental and online video company at £200m. The move is largely seen as a defensive ploy on Amazon’s part against a planned international expansion by US video-streaming giant Netflix.

The deal saw Amazon buy 58% of the business that it did not already own for an undisclosed sum. The firm already bought a 42% stake in Lovefilm in 2008. The world's largest online retailer has been gearing up to bid for a full stake in Lovefilm for some time, and today's deal is thought to value the business at about £200m.

21/01/2011  |  Full story...

Google preps TV launch with media content deals

Google has secured new content partnership deals with media and internet companies, including NBC Universal's CNBC, Time Warner's HBO and Amazon, for its forthcoming Google TV service. Turner Broadcasting is working to optimise some of its websites for viewing on Google TV, including CNN and Cartoon Network, Google said on Monday.

NBC Universal will bring access to financial news television CNBC, while HBO will also provide programming. Meanwhile, Amazon Video On Demand offers access to over 75,000 titles for rental or purchase, and Netflix will offer the ability to instantly watch unlimited movies and TV shows. Google said it was also working with news websites like The New York Times and micro-blogging service Twitter.


06/10/2010  |  Full story...

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