Netflix inks first pay-TV provider deal with Virgin Media (CNet)
Netflix is bringing its streaming service to its first pay-TV provider. The UK’s Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED) announced Tuesday that its TiVo customers will now be offered access to Netflix’s streaming service. The company plans to launch a pilot program with 40,000 Virgin Media TiVo homes this week, and as long as all goes well, it will expand the offering to its 1.7 million Virgin Media TiVo homes by the end of the year.
Netflix puts UK ahead of USA and Norway in streaming video stakes (Recombu)
British broadband users get the world’s fourth-best Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) video streaming speeds after Scandinavia – and we beat the USA and Norway. Netflix recorded an average UK streaming speed of 2.4Mbps in August, compared to 2.64Mbps in Denmark and 1.98Mbps in the USA. That’s a long way below the UK’s average download speed of 14.7Mbps, but it does reflect consistent streaming speeds over downloads, which often arrive in bursts.
Netflix Netherlands Launch Set for Sept. 11 (Variety)
As of Sept. 11, the Netherlands will become the latest addition to the streaming service’s growing global roster, according to sources. A spokesman for Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) declined comment. The company had indicated in June that the Netherlands would be its next launch before year-end but didn’t specify exactly when that would happen. It will likely be the only country added this year, joining an international stable of over 40 countries that already includes Canada, U.K., and Brazil.
Netflix Deal Brings Breaking Bad and Arrested Development to Virgin Media Customers (International Business Times)
The service, which will require a £5.99-a-month Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) subscription, will initially be rolled out to the 40,000 Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED) customers who use the company’s TiVo set-top box via an app which will begin to appear this week. Following a successful pilot scheme, Virgin Media says it plans to expand the service to all its 1.7 million TiVo customers later this year. This is the first time anywhere in the world that Netflix will be available on a pay-TV platform.
Netflix offers TiVo access in pay-TV first (IP & TV News)
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) will be available through a pay-TV platform for the first time, thanks to a deal announced today between the US streaming giant and and UK cableco Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED). The deal means that Virgin Media TiVo subscribers will have access to the world’s leading internet TV network, if they sign up to Netflix. Using the Netflix app, TiVo households will then be able to watch Netflix series, documentaries, comedy and kids’ titles through their set-top box. After a pilot this week, Netflix will be available to 1.7 million Virgin Media TiVo homes this year.