The rights just keep on comin': Amazon Prime announced that it has landed exclusive streaming rights to hit series Mr. Robot, while Netflix-- despite increased focus on original content-- nabbed global streaming rights to three more hit series, locking in Colony, Zoo, and Jane the Virgin.
As Netflix moves forward with its focus on more original series, a new study by Ampere Analysis predicts that the SVOD provider will up its spending to $6 billion before 2018 as it tracks toward a library offering 50 percent original content.
AMSTERDAM-- Traditional broadcasters and cable operators hoping to go over the top need to throw away the old business models in which the company knows what's best for its customers. Instead, they need to listen to their customers-- and own the content they provide. According to OTT-focused executives from MLB Advanced Media, Australian Broadcasting Company and others here at IBC, that's the only way they'll find success with viewers.
AMSTERDAM-- Netflix may currently sit atop the online video streaming market, but that wasn't always so. One of the elements that put it there was its decision to invest in high-quality original content, House of Cards producer Lord Michael Dobbs told an audience at IBC here.
Netflix is about to go almost all-in on original content: the top SVOD provider's five-year licensing deal with Epix has lapsed, meaning that major movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Transformers: Age of Extinction are off subscribers' plates. But Netflix's executives haven't been all that fussed about the loss of such popular content, even as analysts have fretted.
In the wake of its cancellation of Steve van Zandt mobster dramedy Lilyhammer, Netflix announced its next original movie, Mascots. The Christopher Guest comedy is slated to premier sometime in 2016, according to an announcement on the provider's website.
Is there really "too much television?" Or are we in one of the great eras of filmed entertainment-- not just for linear, traditional TV but OTT video as well? FX Networks' John Landgraf believes the former, but other television executives, like Showtime President David Nevins, are leaning toward the latter.
Going ahead with its stated plans to offer original movies distributed first to theaters and then made available to its Prime subscribers in an early-release window, Amazon Studios announced that Spike Lee's next movie, with the working title of Chi-Raq, is its first Amazon Originals selection.
Subscription video on demand leader Netflix will launch this fall in Japan, about six months after announcing it would bring its service to the country. And in keeping with its model of blending locally produced content with its other internationally licensed movies and TV series, Netflix has signed a deal with Fuji Media Holdings to feature two of its series on the service.
Broadcast TV networks not named ABC suffered a bit of a ratings hit as the NBA Finals swung into gear, with Game 1 stealing views away from NBC and CBS. But a poor broadcast showing may no longer be the kiss of death for struggling new series.