TBI Weekly: Seven ‘niche’ streamers that commission original content

Partnering with a major streamer to take your content worldwide can be a major ambition for many producers and distributors, but not every service that can offer your programming a home is a multi-genre behemoth chasing global domination. Global streamers are becoming increasingly open to more flexible rights deals that leave open the door for […]

Hulu & Britbox acquire BBC & Sister drama ‘Better’

US streamer Hulu and Britbox have picked up rights to BBC drama Better, produced by UK-based Sister. The five-parter, which debuted on BBC One in the UK earlier this year, will become available on BritBox in Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden, while NPO in the Netherlands and VRT in Belgium also have rights. America Video […]

Drama round-up: Stan buys SPT shows; BritBox & ITVX prep Cary Grant series; Bet+ buys South Africa’s ‘Pulse’

Stan buys SPT shows Australian streamer Stan has extended its deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), claiming first-run rights to shows including Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man. Stan has previously housed Odenkirk-starring Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, while the streamer is also taking action-comedy Twisted Metal and Panhandle from SPT. Other shows included in the package […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What the Nordics tell us about streaming’s future

The Nordics have always tended to be at the forefront of global streaming trends, neatly reflected by the 55 SVODs operating in the region at the end of 2021. Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst at research powerhouse and TBI sibling Omdia, reflects on the past decade and picks out key trends for the future. In the […]

BritBox confirms Nordics launch for next week

ITV Studios and BBC Studios joint-owned streamer BritBox will roll out in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland next week. The launch, which was first announced in December, has now been confirmed for 28 April, and follows a pact with regional operator C More. The Nordic expansion will extend BritBox into eight countries internationally, following launches […]

BritBox UK chief to step down ahead of ITVX launch

BritBox UK’s chief Will Harrison is stepping down as the UK streamer prepares to be folded into ITV’s new SVOD/AVOD service, ITVX. The former Warner Bros. and Ingenuous Media exec joined BritBox in 2019 following it launchs, with the streamer now claiming almost 750,000 subscribers. However, parent company ITV – which has bought out the […]

ITV shares fall 18% as new streamer ITVX prompts window shift & spending surge

UK broadcaster ITV is to launch ITVX later this year, a new integrated AVOD and SVOD streaming service, which will debut much of its new content months ahead of its linear channels. Viewers will have the option to watch content for free via an advertising-funded tier or upgrade to a subscription model that includes the […]

BritBox doubles spending, with more Agatha Christie adaptations & All3 co-pros planned

BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV’s streamer BritBox is doubling its programming spend, with three more Agatha Christie adaptations in the works and a coproduction pact struck with All3Media International. The plans, revealed at an online gathering of the Television Critics Association (TCA), will see BritBox extending its production deal with rights owner Agatha Christie Limited […]

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