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YouTube’s UK chief Ben McOwen Wilson steps down to join Google Play

YouTube’s UK chief Ben McOwen Wilson is to leave the Google-owned AVOD streamer after more than a decade with the company. McOwen Wilson, who is currently regional director for YouTube EMEA and MD of YouTube UK & Ireland, will depart today to take up a new role leading the Google Play app store in EMEA from […]

Report: Google to launch 4K Chromecast

Google is reportedly gearing up to launch a new 4K version of Chromecast and its new Google Home speaker device at its planned October 4 event. According to an Android Police report, which cites two sources, the 4K Chromecast Ultra will retail at US$69 and Google Home at US$129. The devices will likely be announced […]

YouTube launches kids service in the UK

YouTube is launching its kids app in the UK and Ireland, its first rollout outside the US. Kids can watch a range of curated content via app, which is free from the Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The service is ad-supported. Announcing the launch in a blog post, YouTube said the larger images and […]

Hopster launches on Android

Kids TV subscription video-on-demand service Hopster has launched on Android and has teamed up with Samsung to provide a joint promotional offer. Hopster’s Android app is now available free of charge on the Google Play service. The kids service, which initially launched as an iOS app before joining the Apple TV platform earlier this year, […]

Hasbro titles go digital with MoMedia

Transformers: Rescue Bots and G.I Joe: Renegades will go out through digital and VOD distributor MoMedia after it secured a deal with Hasbro Studios. MoMedia is to repackage and distribute Hasbro Studios television titles for TVOD platforms worldwide, excluding the US, Australia and New Zealand. Transformers: Rescue Bots (pictured) and G.I. Joe: Renegades are the […]

USA launching Mr. Robot on free digital platforms

USA Network is launching the debut episode of its new drama series Mr. Robot on numerous digital platforms ahead of its linear bow. The pilot to the new show will be available on iTunes, Amazon, XBOX, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, M-GO and YouTube on May 27. The pilot from the series, which follows a young […]

News brief: Nick sprinkles Asian Peppa on schedules

Nickelodeon has acquired seasons one to six of Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig for its Nick Jr. channel feeds in Asia. Nick’s deal is pan-regional, while Singaporean broadcaster OKTO and Taiwan’s Yoyo TV have acquired season five of the show. Furthermore, seasons one and two are now available through the Apple Store and Google Play in […]

Tricon shops library to Google Play

Canada’s Tricon Films & Television has signed a worldwide deal placing all of its scripted series with digital service Google Play. The 2,000-plus hour deal includes original IFC comedies such as the 26x30mins Maron (left) and 6x30mins Will Ferrell series The Spoils of Babylon, which is getting a follow-up, The Spoils Before Dying. Also included […]

Starz launches Power on Amazon and iTunes in the UK

Starz has launched its drama series Power on various electronic sell through platforms in the UK. The series, which was co-created by Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, launched earlier this month on premium cable net Starz in the US. The company’s digital division, Starz Digital Media, has now licensed the show to Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, […]

WWE, Mattel grapple with toon

Sports entertainment company WWE and toyco Mattel have tag teamed on a 26-part animated shortform toon featuring popular wrestlers such as John Cena, Kane and Sheamus. The first four two-minute episodes of the stop-motion animated series WWE Slam City launched yesterday on the Cartoonium YouTube channel and a dedicated website The series, which the WEE […]