Round-up: Vietnam’s Galaxy imports from Harbour; Showmax takes ‘Big Brother Naija’ to UK; Insight & Xiaomi prep FAST launch


Vietnam’s Galaxy Play & more take factual shows

Vietnamese streaming platform Galaxy Play, Da Ai TV in Taiwan, CCTV in China and New Zealand’s Sky Network TV have acquired a range of factual programming, following deals with distributor Harbour Rights.

Galaxy Play picked up a 10-hour package, including the 6 x 52-minute series China Express, the 1 x 52-minute Macau From Above, and 2 x 52-minute episodes of the travel series Flavors.

Da Ai TV meanwhile acquired the 1 x 52-minute Meditation, A New Therapeutic Pathway? 1×52′ and the 1 x 52-minute Trees: A Global Superpower, while CCTV took the 1 x 52-minute The Lucky Zebra. Sky Network TV acquired the 1 x 75-minute feature documentary Omecitta: A Japanese Tribute To Cinema.

Showmax brings ‘Big Brother Naija’ to UK

South African streaming service Showmax has brought Big Brother Naija (fka Big Brother Nigeria) to the UK for the first time, with the debut of its sixth season.

The latest run of the reality show kicked off over two nights of this past weekend – 24 and 25 July – and is based on the original Dutch format that also launched its UK version in 2000.

Big Brother Naija sees 20 housemates isolated in one house for 10 weeks to battle for a grand prize worth millions of naira, with audiences able to tune in to a 24-hour live stream.

Fans in the UK will be able to stream the new season on Showmax for the first time.

Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax, commented: “Big Brother Naija has always attracted a large following outside Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

“This year we decided to make the hugely popular show available to fans in the UK – whether they’re part of the Nigerian diaspora or are among the many fans of this addictive reality series format.”

Insight TV partners with Xiaomi for FAST launch

Millennial-focused channel operator and producer Insight TV has partnered with Chinese multinational TV and smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to bring its FAST channels to mobile phones and TVs.

Under the terms of the agreement, lifestyle channel Insight TV, sports-focused inTrouble, science & tech channel inWonder and nature and wildlife offering InWild will be made available to Xiaomi TV and smartphone customers in India, Indonesia, Russia & Spain from August 2021, followed by Europe and the rest of the world from September onwards.

“This is an ideal partnership for Insight TV. Our fast-growing channels focus on bringing quality entertainment to millennial and Gen Z audiences around this chimes with Xiaomi’s extraordinary growth with similar audiences around the world” said Natalie Boot, VP media sales & Insight TV Studios US.

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