New Worlds launches on US OTT, iTunes

Epic period miniseries New Worlds will launch on UK-centric OTT service Acorn TV next week and on the iTunes store. Acorn, which is run by Agatha Christie rights holder RLJ, will launch the miniseries on February 16 with new instalments available weekly thereafter. Set in the 1680s, the series starts Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades […]

News brief: Showtime launching Ray Donovan webisodes

US cable net Showtime is launching a trio of web-only episodes to accompany its hit drama series Ray Donovan. The webisodes are titled ‘Behind the Fix’ and will show how the show’s main characters achieve their ‘fixes’, cleaning up after Hollywood celebrities and industry figures have got involved in compromising situations. The webisodes will launch […]

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 […]

News brief: BSkyB taking on iTunes with movie downloads

BSkyB will launch a new download to own service dubbed ‘buy and keep’. It will allow subscribers to buy movies and sit alongside the UK pay TV operator’s existing pay per view service, CFO Andrew Griffith told delegates at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London yesterday. Sky is keen to break into the growing […]

New Mr Selfridge will launch on iTunes

Episodes of the second season of hit dram Mr Selfridge will debut on iTunes before they go out on free-to-air broadcaster ITV. The series  follows Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven), the founder of the titular London department store. It starts on the ITV1 channel this Sunday (January 19) in a 9pm slot and airs weekly […]

Breakthrough launches Less Than Kind on iTunes

Breakthrough Entertainment has launched Canadian comedy drama series Less Than Kind on the iTunes store in Canada. The show runs to four seasons and Breakthrough has launched the first three on iTunes. It originally aired on City TV from 2008 before transferring to HBO Canada in 2010. It follows a Sheldon Blecher (Jesse Camacho), an […]

Viewpoint: In VOD we trust – how pay TV can combat OTT

In television, as with many other things in life, you have to keep the faith. Fifteen years ago, when UK telco BT thought broadband was just a passing fad and nobody thought you could ever watch a TV set without an aerial, I joined a small company that had developed the first video on demand […]

HBO, ESPN and Sky launch on Apple TV

HBO, ESPN, Sky News and other content providers have launched on Apple’s TV service. The deals mean that HBO Go subscribers can watch content from the service on connected devices via Apple TV settops. The WatchESPN service allows Apple TV owners to watch sport video content from the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 channels. Consumers […]

Vivendi launches streaming service Watchever in Germany

France-based entertainment conglomerate Vivendi has launched an over-the-top service in Germany called Watchever. The subscription TV series and movie-based service,, is priced at €8.99 a month. A free 30-day trial is in place and paying customers can terminate subscriptions on a month-to-month basis. Watchever said that it has inked deals with “almost” all of […]