Black Sails

Hulu raises Black Sails

US streaming service Hulu has bought pirate drama Black Sails, securing rights to the fourth and final season in the process. The deal with Lionsgate Television comes after three seasons of solid ratings in the US for premium cable channel Starz, which recently became part of the Lionsgate Entertainment business following a US$4.4 billion takeover. […]

Starz’ Black Sails plots course for final season

Starz has greenlit a new season of Black Sails, and said it will be the pirate drama’s last. The premium cabler ordered a ten-episode final run of the Treasure Island prequel, which it will launch next year. The show, made in South Africa, is distributed by Starz’s sales arm, which says it has shopped it […]

Albrecht extends Starz stay

Chris Albrecht has signed a contract to remain CEO of US premium cable channel Starz until 2020, simultaneously adding the title of company president. The new deal is effective as of July 1, with Albrecht (pictured) replacing the long-serving Glenn Curtis as president. The news closely follows the appointment of global marketing president Jeffrey Hirsch […]

C More inks Starz streaming and pay deal

Scandi pay TV platform C More has inked a programming deal with Starz and will take several of the premium cabler’s drama series on its channels and on-demand streaming services. The volume deal between C More and Starz’s digital and programme sales divisions gives the pay TV operator digital and pay rights to upcoming series, […]

SVOD platform goes live across Canada

Subscription on-demand service Shomi is now available to all internet-connected consumers in Canada. The service was previously available to customers of joint venture parents Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, but has now expanded its reach, a move first first mooted in May this year. The platform launched in beta in November 2014, and has since […]

Asian on-demand service reaches for Starz

Asian SVOD platform iflix has acquired shows such as The White Queen and Black Sails (pictured) from US cable firm Starz’s digital distribution division. The deal, which also includes the likes of Spartacus, was scored with Starz Digital and comes as iflix attempts to establish itself as Southeast Asia’s premiere VOD service. “Our partnership with Starz […]

A+E raises Black Sales with Starz deal

A+E Networks has acquired exclusive rights to pirate adventure series Black Sails for its History channels in the UK and Africa. Channel operator A+E has picked up exclusive linear rights from Starz, its first programming deal with the US firm. The eight-part one-hour series debuted on Starz in the US last year and the second, […]

Shomi bags premium Starz shows

Upcoming Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired a package of premium shows from Starz Digital Media, the on-demand licensing arm of US network Starz. The deal includes New York crime drama Power, which rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson executive produces, LeBron James’ upcoming basketball-themed comedy Survivor’s Remorse, pirate drama Black Sails, David S. Goyer’s Da […]

Vikings, Extant lead Amazon UK ‘ratings’

The first seasons of Vikings (pictured) and Extant are the most popular content on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service in the UK, the e-commerce giant has said. According to Amazon, Vikings season one is Prime’s most-watched show since February, followed by Extant, Vikings season two, Black Sails season one and The Walking Dead season one. […]

Shooting down the pirates

As startling new statistics reveal the scale of the illegal sharing of TV shows, TBI talks to the people on the frontline who are finding new ways tackle the illegal sharing of programmes, and to those distributing content about what they can do to stem the flow of piracy. When technology firm CEG Tek International […]