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Young readers willing to pay, SVoD coming of age for publishers, and more…

Has SVoD come of age for publishers?

The Big Issue, the UK social enterprise publisher, has launched its own subscription video-on-demand channel focusing on socially conscious etc. documentaries for an ‘all-in’ monthly sub of £3.99. 

Content on the channel will be curated by The Big Issue’s editorial team from partner Alchimie’s catalogue of 60,000 hours of content from 300 broadcasting partners.

If The Big Issue can do it, other publishers might want to test SVoD too, especially as the segment has ‘significant room for growth’ and a 28% YOY growth rate.

The Big Issue’s Group CEO, Paul Cheal, winner of numerous publishing innovation awards, hinted as much telling WNIP, “Great specialist media brands have always acted as trusted curators for highly targeted audiences……and it is those brands who are well placed to take advantage of opportunities such as SVoD.”



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