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Amazon brings British Bear Hunt toon to US

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to British animated special We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The 25-minute film aired on UK terrestrial Channel 4 on Christmas Eve (December 24) last year and attracted eight million views – the network’s highest-rated programme of 2016. The Michael Rosen- and Helen Oxenbury-created toon, which […]

Hooq launches in Singapore

Video streaming service Hooq has launched in Singapore. Hooq has struck a deal with one of its own owners, Singtel, whereby the latter’s pre-paid mobile customers will be able to access it has part of a bundled package with data. Bundles for post-paid and fixed-line broadband customers are set to follow in the coming months. […]

Netflix orders Indian crime drama

Global streaming service Netflix has ordered its first original series out of India, an organised crime drama based on Vikram Chandra’s novel Sacred Games. The Hindi-English series, which has the same name as the book, will be shot on location in India. Set in Mumbai, it follows “the city’s intricate web of organised crime, corruption, […]

Viacom18 creates Netflix rival

Viacom18 has launched a new ad-supported VOD service, VOOT. The platform will be made free on iOS and Android devices and the web, and will house series such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Chhota Bheem from Nickelodeon. It will offer the entire content libraries of Viacom18 channels such as Nick, MTV and Colors, […]

Netflix eyes Indian launch

A report in India suggests SVOD platform Netflix will launch in the Asian territory before 2016. Citing unnamed sources, the Times of India reported the US-based platform had “firmed up plans” to enter territory, a move that was concerning local DTH players. Should House of Cards distributor Netflix launch in India, it would be the […]

Studio’s Netflix rival launching in India

Sony, Warner Bros. and Singtel-backed SVOD service Hooq is about to launch in India, one of the international markets where Netflix has yet to roll out. Hooq was announced in January, at which point the three partners outlined plans to launch in Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand. It has already launched in the Philippines […]

Warner, Sony launch Asian Netflix rival

Warner Bros. Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television have joined forces to launch a regional OTT service in Asia that aims to become a market-leading streamer. The Hollywood studios have formed a joint venture start-up with Singaporean telco SingTel to launch the service, HOOQ. HOOQ plans to pre-empt the entrance of Netflix, following the revelation the […]