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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Netflix's Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos pose with cast and crew from original series in Berlin at SVOD launch Netflix Launches Service in Germany

Netflix Sept. 16 bowed service in Germany, the second of six European countries slated for operations in the coming months. It follows a similar service launch in France Sept. 15, including subscriptions starting at 7.99 euros monthly.

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Roku Tops 10 Million Devices Sold in the U.S.

Roku Sept. 16 announced it has sold 10 million streaming players in the United States since 2008, when it became the first CE manufacturer to link the TV with the Internet (sans laptop) via a branded Netflix player.

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Streaming Wars Down Under

Netflix may have thought its biggest challenge this week was making nice with old-school French cinephiles and German ISPs. Instead, the SVOD pioneer has apparently irked Australian rival Quickflix, whose CEO, Stephen Langsford, Sept. 11 penned an open letter challenging Netflix and CEO Reed Hastings to play by the rules.

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Dish Adds Scripps Networks to Pending Online TV Service

The satellite TV operator Sept. 16 announced it renewed a multiyear retransmission agreement with Scripps Networks, whose properties include HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country. The deal expands distribution of DIY Network and Cooking Channel. Included in the agreement are digital rights to programming for live and video-on-demand. The pact also expands Dish’s distribution of authenticated live and VOD programming on Internet-connected devices.

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'Godzilla' Smashes Into Stores

Merchandising: Warner's disc release of the new 'Godzilla' remake burst onto retail Sept. 16 with promotional exclusives at most of the major retailers.

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