Vivendi kicks off European OTT service

Jörn Krieger | 09-01-2013

French media company Vivendi has launched its over-the-top TV (OTT) service in Germany. Watchever, as the Netflix-type offering is called, will later be rolled out throughout Europe.
The Watchever line-up comprises thousands of commercial-free movies and TV series which Internet users can access for a flat-rate price of €8.99 per month on different reception devices, for example complete seasons of US series, Hollywood blockbusters, European and German productions as well as international art house movies. The subscription contract can be cancelled monthly, with new customers getting a 30-day free period.

Access is possible with any end-device through the open Internet, for example connected TV sets, games consoles, notebooks, tablets, PCs and smartphones. In cases where no Internet connection is available, for example on journeys, the titles can be transferred into offline mode and then watched on an iPad, Android tablet or iPhone.
"Box office hits from studios such as ABC Disney, HBO, Miramax, NBC Universal, Sony, Studiocanal, Tele München Gruppe and Warner Bros are part of our repertoire," managing director Stefan Schulz said. "The customer can choose between the dubbed German version and the original language version. Most titles are even available in high definition (HD)."
In April 2012 Vivendi announced that it planned to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service modelled on the successful US OTT player Netflix first in Germany and then throughout Europe. With the move, the company gets into competition with existing online video providers such as iTunes (Apple), LOVEFiLM (Amazon), maxdome (ProSiebenSat.1) and Videoload (Deutsche Telekom).