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Sky Cinema hires C5’s Keenan

The former head of acquisitions for Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has left the company to take up a similar role working across movies for pay TV operator Sky. Katie Keenan (pictured) will become head of acquisitions at Comcast-backed Sky next month, with a remit to oversee all movie deals across the pay TV […]

Netflix to lose ‘The Office’ to NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s forthcoming streaming service will become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after the company grappled the show back from existing rights holders Netflix. The Office is widely believed to be one of Netflix’s most popular series but the streamer was unable to hang onto rights following an auction […]

Disney to take full control of Hulu in five years

Disney has agreed a deal with Comcast to take full control of Hulu — in 2024.  The Mouse House revealed this afternoon (14 May) that it will assume full operational control of the Handmaid’s Tale streamer, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Under […]

DHX Media launches children’s SVOD service

Canada’s DHX Media is to launch a children’s SVOD service. The streaming platform, titled Kids Room, is an ad-free platform with titles from DHX’s catalogue of kids and family content, including preschool titles such as Bob the Builder, Teletubbies and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as programmes for older kids, such as Slugterra, Kid vs. Kat, […]

Comcast mulls sale of Hulu stake to Disney

Comcast is in talks to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney, a move which would give Disney full control of the streaming service. According to a report by CNBC, Comcast is weighing the pros and cons of doing a deal now rather than later. The two companies are the last remaining owners of […]

Hulu buys back minority stake from AT&T

Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for $1.43bn, as the telecoms and media business looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a $15bn. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. Hulu is part-owned […]

Report: Disney in talks to acquire WarnerMedia’s Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to reports. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority […]

Walter Presents launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1

Walter Presents, the Channel 4 subscription video on-demand service dedicated to foreign-language drama series, is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1, marking the first time the SVOD is available from a pay-TV provider in the US. Xfinity X1 customers can add the Walter Presents to their package for $5.99 a month. It can be found […]

British royalty SVOD debuts on Comcast’s Xfinity platform

A niche SVOD offering around British royal programming has launched om Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform. True Royalty TV launched last June as a standalone service in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; however, its debut on Comcast’s service marks one of the first instances of a UK-based SVOD service being made available […]

Comcast to leverage Sky tech for upcoming NBCU streamer

NBCUniversal will tap Sky’s Now TV tech for its upcoming SVOD launch, which focuses on multichannel customers Comcast’s NBCUniversal will tap the technology underlying Sky’s Now TV platform to bring together content that “consumers are currently viewing on other online platforms for free” and put it “altogether in one place” as it rolls out its […]

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