More broadcasters anoint The Young Pope

A raft of broadcasters including HBO in central and eastern Europe and Fox in the Netherlands have acquired upcoming big-budget drama series The Young Pope. The show was commissioned by Canal+, HBO and Sky Atlantic and is sold internationally by FremantleMedia, which has struck the latest deals. The RTL-backed distributor acquired control of Wildside, which […]

Competition heats up for Netflix

Netflix has shaken up the whole content world – from production with its programme of huge-budgeted originals, distribution with its big cheques for exclusive rights, and transmission with low-cost month-long subscriptions. The same could be said, albeit to a lesser extent, of Amazon with its Prime Instant Video service. Having disrupted the whole TV business, […]

Belgium’s BeTV pre-empts Netflix with TV Everywhere service

BeTV, the pay TV unit formerly known as Canal+ Belgium and owned by Belgian French speaking region cable operator Voo, is to launch a TV everywhere service, available to subscribers at no extra price. BeTV’s programming director Christian Loiseau announced yesterday that all of BeTV would be available via tablets and the web from September […]

Sony unearths GEM in Vietnam

Sony Pictures Television Networks is launching a new general entertainment channel in Vietnam as the territory’s pay TV advertising market booms. The launch of GEM is SPT Networks’ second pay TV channel in Vietnam, following AXN. The network will run content from across Asia and launch in January 2014. GEM also represents the second Asian […]

Sony buys Indonesian novela channel stake

Sony Pictures Television Networks has acquired a 50% stake in an Indonesian pay TV telenovela channel. The company has paid Israel-based Dori Media Group an undisclosed amount for the stake in the network, Televiva. The move boosts SPT Networks’ presence in the region, which currently comprises pay channels AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, beTV, One and […]

Sony’s beTV acquires more Sherlock for Asia

Sony’s Asian general entertainment network beTV has acquired season three of hit British detective series Sherlock after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. This comes after the finale of season two of the series was one of the highest rated series on the broadcaster. beTV, which is available in 15 markets across Asia and is […]