Amazon to ‘significantly increase’ originals spend

Brian Olsavsky

Amazon has announced plans to “significantly increase” spend on Amazon Originals content after reporting surging Q1 sales and profits. Speaking on the company’s first quarter… Read more

Facebook: more than 2m hours of Gear VR video consumed

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg

More than 2 million hours of video have now been watched on Oculus-powered Gear VR headsets, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Speaking on Facebook’s… Read more

Comcast agrees US$3.8bn DreamWorks Animation buyout

All Hail King Julien

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is buying DreamWorks Animation, in a deal valuing the cartoon studio around US$3.8 billion. A deal had been expected after news of advanced… Read more

Starz Play Arabia adds Arabic content to complement Hollywood fare

Starz Play Arabia

Starz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare. Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region… Read more

Akamai: video to drive seven-fold traffic increase by 2020

Ian Munford

Content delivery network Akamai is likely to see a more than seven-fold increase in traffic in 2020 due to massive growth in video traffic, according… Read more

Microsoft lines up new Azure Video Analytics features

Microsoft is working on a number of new features and additions for its recently launched, business-focused Azure Video Analytics suite. Speaking at TV Connect yesterday,… Read more

Drama titles top March iPlayer stats

Drama series The Night Manager topped the list of programme requests for BBC iPlayer in March, with 2.013 million requests for episode 3. Night Manager… Read more

Virgin Media to up FTTP investment

Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media has committed to provide fibre-to-the-premises to at least a quarter of the four million new homes and businesses… Read more

New original content is priority, says Viacom chief

Philippe Dauman

Philippe Dauman has said investing in new original content across TV, film and digital is the company’s key strategic priority. The Viacom chief was speaking… Read more

Telefónica sees strong TV growth

Telefonica building

Telefónica’s total TV base increased to 8.4 million at the end of the first quarter, representing a penetration of 40% of its overall fixed broadband… Read more