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TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from Netflix’s Q1 results

Netflix beat expectations all round for its first quarter results of 2019, drawing $4.52bn for Q1 and 9.6m new members, but here are five tidbits you might have missed from its earnings call with the streamer’s bosses. Disney is welcome competition Netflix boss Reed Hastings was keen to emphasise that new competition only makes the […]

HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ launch triggers global piracy frenzy

The scale of global content piracy was again underlined this week with revelations that the first episode of the final series of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55m times in the first 24 hours after launch, according to analytics firm Muso. By comparison, the show attracted 17.4m viewers in the US via legal means. […]

SPT, Wattpad team for first-look originals deal

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has teamed with Toronto-headquartered storytelling platform Wattpad for a first-look TV deal for originals.  The businesses will co-produce original content, with Sony getting a first-look deal for new Wattpad titles. The firms are to work together to identify and develop popular narratives from the half-billion story uploads shared on Wattpad. The […]

WE tv re-ups distribution deal with Off The Fence

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has re-upped an exclusive distribution deal with global unscripted distributor Off The Fence. The pact between WE tv and Off The Fence – which have been partners for 10 years – will see the latter ZDF Enterprises-owned distributor selling more than 1,200 hours of WE tv content internationally and […]

My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

Roku launches the Olympic Channel

Roku is set to launch the Olympic Channel on its platform, which will include exclusive footage around various sports.  The channel will include a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content. The Olympic Channel will also offer exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage and key athletes. Highlights […]

BBC Studios, ZDF strike strategic content partnership

BBC Studios and Germany’s ZDF have struck a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce a slate of new content. The long-term agreement will see the two organisations co-develop scripted and landmark factual programming such as the forthcoming One Planet: Seven Worlds from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. A partnership between the two companies is expected […]

Arte plots VOD service with ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, president of Arte France, outlining […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

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