Best of British SVOD re-ups with Scandi operators

ITV-backed best of British SVOD service Cirkus has inked new deals with two leading pay TV operators in the Nordics. New long-term agreements with Com Hem in Sweden and Get in Norway will ensure the streaming service’s continued carriage on the platforms. The new deals also extend the reach of Cirkus on Com Hem and […]

First deals for ITV-backed factual SVOD service

Factual SVOD service Curio will launch in Sweden and Norway next month after the ITV-backed service secured deals with pay TV operators in the region, TBI has learned. In Sweden, Curio will be on the Com Hem platform, the largest in the country, and in Norway, on GET, the second largest nationally. Curio comes from […]

ITV takes majority stake in Euro SVOD service

ITV has taken a majority stake in Cirkus, the best-of-British on-demand service. The UK broadcaster was already a minority shareholder, but has now upped its ownership level in the streaming service. Financial details were not broken out but Martin Goswami, ITV director of pay and distribution, said: “Cirkus is an important part of ITV’s international […]

ITV-backed Cirkus launches new SVOD service

ITV-backed Cirkus is launching Curio, a new SVOD service programmed with factual programming, TBI has learned. Cirkus runs branded streaming services for pay TV operators and has partnered with several platforms in the Nordics. To date it has offered a ‘best of British’ offering, with a 600-hour line-up of drama from international distributors including ITV […]

Cirkus agrees Vodafone Iceland deal

On-demand service Cirkus, which offers ‘Great British TV’ to international markets, has agreed a carriage deal with Vodafone in Iceland. Mobile and IPTV provider Vodafone Iceland is investing in cross-platform video services and will launch Cirkus as part of its offering at the end of the month. “British programming is hugely popular in Iceland and […]

ITV looks to international business for growth

Reporting strong full-year results this morning, UK broadcaster ITV said today revenue at its content unit ITV Studios will grow £100 million (US$153.4 million) this year. It also pinpointed international expansion in its new three-point growth plan. The content business has been boosted by a wave of acquisitions of production businesses, notably in the US. […]

Best of British SVOD service launches in Finland

Cirkus, the UK content SVOD service, has launched in Finland. The service has launched on the Sonera IPTV platform, which is run by Swedish/Finish telco TeliaSonera. It rolled out this week on the Finnish service and will then launch on the Telia service in Sweden in January. Cirkus is a low-cost SVOD service for pay […]

The British are coming – and not before time.

The way we sell British content abroad is changing – for the better, says Hugh Williams Thanks to a vibrant production culture, fuelled in part by the government’s tax breaks for those wishing to invest in media opportunities, British television is beginning to enjoy the exciting global position it has often craved but never really […]

ITV buys into Cirkus SVOD service

ITV has acquired a stake in Cirkus, the ‘best of British’ subscription VOD service operator. The UK broadcaster has acquired a minority stake in the company, which launched last year. Currently focussed on the Nordic territories, it provides a branded SVOD services, programmed with content from the UK, for pay TV operators. TBI broke the […]

Cirkus brings in Blinders, Pemberley in Endemol deal

‘Best of British’ on-demand service Cirkus has acquired BBC dramas Peaky Blinders (pictured) and Death Comes to Pemberley as part of a wide-ranging output deal with Endemol. The agreement gives Cirkus access to Endemol’s drama, comedy and entertainment shows and includes the upcoming BBC World War I drama The Ark, plus library shows such as Prisoner’s […]