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The future of TV is apps. But while kids are huge users of both apps and TV, VOD on TV hasn’t always been an easy experience for younger kids. Although a lot of players in the on-demand space now offer kids service, many designs were simply retrofitted to experiences built for grown ups. The team at kids-specialist platform Hopster took a different approach, rethinking every aspect of on demand for kids from a child’s perspective.

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Vodafone Germany has launched Giga TV, a new OTT service, marketed at its 7.6 million TV customers in the country. Giga TV, which costs EUR 9.99 a month for the first year, is offered without the need to for broadband or fixed line packages. It contains 47 TV channels (20 of which are free-to-air) as well as 98 SD channels (73 free to air), access to a video library containing 3,000 movies and a TVOD

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Consumer spend on video entertainment in Australia is expected to grow 3% in 2019 to AU $5.3 billion, according to the latest video entertainment report from Futuresource Consulting. This growth is to be helped by an uplift at the box office and with SVOD uptake continuing to impress. By the end of 2018, Australia is set to be the first country to see the number of SVOD households overtake those of Pay-TV in any

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Viacom’s Paramount Pictures is to make movies for Netflix as part of a new deal between the pair, unveiled at the end of last week.

Speaking on Viacom’s full-year results conference call at the end of the week, Paramount boss James Gianopoulis said that the studio was “exploring new revenue streams in addition to theatrical releases as a producer of first-run films and television for other media platforms”.

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Barclays Corporate Banking has announced a doubling of its SVOD (subscription video on demand) fund to support UK TV producers.

The £100m fund was launched in March 2017 in response to the rapidly evolving TV production landscape, with the rise of subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video changing the way that original programming is financed.

Conventional TV production loans are usually repaid as the content is delivered with the broadcaster paying the

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What could an SVOD version of iPlayer look like? Who would its audience be? And what kind of revenues and uptake could it hope to achieve?

You may have seen the news a couple of weeks ago that the BBC’s budget was effectively being cut by around £650m after the British government announced that the corporation now had to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. In return, it may be

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