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Quibi in talks to sell content catalog to Roku

Quibi is in advanced talks to sell its content catalog to video-streaming device maker Roku Inc as the streaming service winds down operations, the Wall Street Journal reported on.wsj.com/3pOxBNw on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter. Los Angeles-based Quibi, which offered entertainment and news in episodes of 10 minutes or less […]

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The world is Net enough!

Netflix and its rivals are set to join a £4bn bidding war for Bond films as MGM considers selling its back catalogue. He has fought Blofeld and defeated Scaramanga but James Bond could be heading for his most dramatic assignment yet: a bidding war. The studio behind the 007 franchise is considering […]

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Amdocs: “Covid to have lingering effect on media”

Looking ahead, Darcy Antonellis, Head of Amdocs Media and CEO of Vubiquity believes that with the “new normal” comes new business models in the OTT space. Antonellis comments: “While 2020 saw 29 per cent of US consumers try a new media subscription service, there is no denying the impact Covid-19 […]

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Common Sense launches its own OTT platform

Common Sense Networks—a for-profit affiliate of nonprofit media org Common Sense Media—is getting into the content game with the launch of its own children’s over-the-top (OTT) streaming network. Rolling out early 2021, Sensical is a free ad-supported service that will be available as an app through iOS and Android devices, […]

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The challenges of long-term archiving

Eric Bassier, senior director product marketing at Quantum, outlines the long-term challenges of looking after your irreplaceable content. One of the biggest issues facing the media industry is protecting and maximising its invaluable content. The original copy of the first Star Wars film isn’t simply a piece of data, it’s much more […]

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SVOD: how much is too much?

Subscription VOD is no longer a two-horse race and is increasingly becoming a battleground for eyeballs. Oscar nominated films, prize winning TV series, the finest acting talent migrating from the big to the small screen have all helped propel SVOD into millions of UK living rooms.  Netflix and Amazon Prime […]

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SMPTE enhances online support for industry professionals

SMPTE (the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) has announced a range of new measures that will provide additional remote support for its members while they continue to work from home during the various regional lockdowns in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The professional development and technical support being […]

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55% of VFX industry say they could work remotely for a year

A survey of vfx workers and vfx houses by technical support outfit Escape Technology, shows that 55% of respondents say they could now sustain remote working forced by the COVID-19 crisis for eight months to a year. The survey found that social distancing has rapidly sped up the growth of remote […]

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ITV launches ITV Hub Shout Outs following viewing surge

ITV Commercial has unveiled a new ad proposition, ITV Hub Shout Outs, to enable advertisers to “inform and support the public” during the COVID-19 pandemic outside of linear TV campaigns.  Shout Outs will offer advertisers an alternative to full-length commercials on the broadcaster’s on-demand streaming service, ITV Hub, instead delivering […]

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BBC iPlayer enjoys most popular two days ever

The BBC said that its iPlayer service enjoyed a record day last month as it unveiled a raft of new releases. It said that on Monday March 23rd, the day of Boris Johnson’s lockdown broadcast, drove 20.4 million requests to stream programmes on the service, the first time over 20m […]

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