TVNZ has released its FY2017 annual results, with a $19.5 million loss in EBITDAF on the previous year due to an onerous contract provision with Disney and marginal year-on-year declines in advertising revenue. We talk to chief executive Kevin Kenrick about outdated output deals and how TVNZ is placing bets on the future.
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At the close of 2016, Netflix had broken the threshold of one million New Zealand users and Lightbox had doubled its numbers since 2015. However, that's not to say New Zealanders are choosing sides, with Roy Morgan Research showing that they're happy to dip into different services.
In the war for consumers in on-demand streaming, Quickflix is changing tack from a subscription-based model to a pay-as-you-go one. But the question remains, will it work?
Sam Aldred offers a contrarian view on the perception that Sky is simply a villainous corporate juggernaut hell-bent on keeping tier one sports exclusive.
Buying content is easy. But getting viewers to tune in so you can make money from it is a whole other challenge. We chat to TVNZ's Jeff Latch and Andrew Shaw about how they're planning to address the latter part of this equation.
Game of Thrones has again proven a major hit for Neon, leading to a significant spike in audience numbers. But how do you keep audiences engaged once the show has ended? We chat to Neon general manager David Joyce on keeping streams going after the hit show.
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Last year, the Global Mode legal battle provided a feisty introduction to the competitive banter that would unfold as the SVOD market started to mature in New Zealand. And although, we are only a few weeks into January, there are already a few jabs being thrown in this space. Following on from news that Netflix was going to clamp down on backdoor users accessing its US version, Neon has been quick to play its first hand with a responsive media release titled “Never fear NEON is Here”.
In 2015, the maturation of New Zealand’s SVOD market was tracked in the column inches of media journalists across the industry. And this trend has already continued this year with Netflix making headlines by extending its service to 130 countries across the world and then saying that it was looking into clamping down on VPN users to ensure they can’t log into global content. We chat to Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock about what's likely to happen in the SVOD market in 2016.
Research from Roy Morgan reveals that Netflix was reaching 398,000 New Zealanders only three months after its original launch.
'One in five people are likely to drop their Sky subscription in the next 12 months' – Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock
At a presentation held yesterday, Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock said that recent research conducted for the SVOD provider indicated that a fifth of current Sky subscribers said they were likely to leave the service after the Rugby World Cup and one in four are likely to add a streaming service in the near future. But Sky's director of communications Kirsty Way thinks these figures are unlikely to come to fruition.
Streaming content is a hot topic at the moment. Companies like Netflix, Lightbox, Neon and Quickflix are all fighting for share, the telcos are signing up content deals left, right and centre, YouTube is still growing rapidly (and Facebook isn't far behind with its auto-play option), and traditional free-to-air, ad-funded broadcasters are upping their game to try and compete. But the latest arrival in this already crowded market has come from an unlikely source: Family First.
From TV dinners to content jostling, suicide pacts and toilet watchers: Kym Niblock on Lightbox's first year
Just over a year ago, various journalists across the industry had a TV dinner delivered to to their homes. In addition to providing a night off cooking for many, this unusual delivery served to announce the launch of Spark's subscription video on-demand streaming service Lightbox. Since then, TV dinners have been removed from the menu, and Kiwi viewers have instead been feasting on the content offered by service, clocking in 12 million hours of streaming time via the service. The company's chief executive Kym Niblock talks about the journey thus far.
Sky has opened up Sky Sport channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 to non-subscribers through its online sports streaming service Fan Pass. And this announcement means that sports fans will be able to access the quartet of channels through a one-day streaming pass for $14.99 or a week for $19.99. So what does this mean for viewers who don't have a Sky subscription?
Not too long ago the high-pitched robotic noises of a modem connecting served as our only gateway to an online world that was typified by webpages that slowly lagged into existence. Over time, the lag has reduced and ongoing roll out ultra-fast broadband (UFB) holds the promise of snuffing it out entirely. StopPress chats to a few industry players about why the roll out of ultra-fast broadband is important for Kiwi consumers.
CallPlus Group and ByPass Network Services Limited (BNSL) yesterday responded to the cease and desist letters sent out by Global Mode opponents Sky, MediaWorks, TVNZ and Spark. And rather than bowing down to the corporate juggernauts, the pair of organisations instead responded with a level of competitive enthusiasm that rarely makes it through the corporate PR force field.