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Viewster
Viewster logo.svg
Available inEnglish, Spanish, German, French
HeadquartersZürich, Switzerland
Area servedglobal
Founder(s)Kai Henniges, Jörg Boksberger
IndustryVideo on Demand
ParentCinedigm (2019)
Registrationnot required
Launched2007
Current statusRelaunched as CONtv Anime in 2020

Viewster was a video on demand service that was founded in 2007 and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Viewster offered a wide range of ad-supported free TV shows and movies.[1]

History

Viewster AG was founded in 2007 by Kai Henniges and Jörg Boksberger in Zurich (Switzerland). Today Viewster has offices in Zurich, London, New York City, Berlin, Adelaide. In 2011 the service was renamed from "Diva“ to "Viewster."[2]

Viewster's Video on demand service was available in more than 120 countries. According to third party audits, Viewster reaches more than 39 million unique visitors per month [3] and ranked top 10 online video property in the U.S. in August 2014.[4]

In October 2012, Viewster released native iOS and Android applications to make the Video on demand service available on tablets and smartphones.[5]

On February 5, 2019, Viewster was acquired by distributor Cinedigm.[6] The following year, the service was merged into CONtv and rebranded as CONtv Anime on June 13, 2020.[7][8]

Content

Viewster's catalog included a broad range of TV shows, including anime (some of them as simulcasts in European countries) and Korean dramas.[9]


References

  1. ^ listofthetop.com: About Viewster, 2016
  2. ^ fierceiptv.com: DIVA AG adopts successful viewster brand across all operations Archived 2012-11-01 at the Wayback Machine, March 29, 2011
  3. ^ corp.viewster.com: Viewster company info site Archived May 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, visited October 21, 2014
  4. ^ comScore: Releases August 2014 U.S. Online Video Rankings”, September 18, 2014
  5. ^ androidauthority.com: VOD Service gets new look, Android app, October 08, 2012
  6. ^ "Cinedigm Finalizes Viewster, Viewster Anime Acquisition".
  7. ^ "Cinedigm Announces Global CONtv Anime Network". 8 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Cinedigm Launches Linear Streaming Network CONtv Anime".
  9. ^ C21: Viewster tracks down Anime', October 13, 2014