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All3Media buys into drama producer

All3Media is funding a London-based start-up drama prodco. Two Halves Pictures was co-founded in April by Gina Cronk and Richard Bedser, who have produced dramas for both the UK and America. All3Media declined to state whether it had a majority or minority stake in the company. Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive officer, said: “I’m delighted […]

Netflix launches on Liberty Global in Netherlands

Netflix has launched on Liberty Global’s Horizon advanced TV platform in the Netherlands – the first launch of the service by the international cable group following the deal struck between Liberty Global and the streaming video giant in September. Netflix is now available on the Ziggo cable platform in the Netherlands. Ziggo subscribers can access […]

Russia to lead regional SVOD boom

The number of SVOD homes in the main Eastern Europe countries will rocket to 18.2 million by 2021, a huge increase from the 5.6 million expected at the end of this year. The forecasts come from Digital TV Research, which added that, by territory, Russia will lead the way. The country accounted for 44% of […]

Viacom launching new Spike channels

Viacom will launch Spike channels in the Netherlands and Hungary next month. The male-skewing cable net is already available in the Netherlands as a five-hour branded block on the Nickelodeon kids service, but will roll out as a full round the clock channel from December 12. It will be carried on the Liberty Global-owned Ziggo […]

Liberty CEO: content is ‘Kong’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company will be “selective” about content investments, but hinted work is now underway with US studio Lionsgate on a string of shows. Speaking on Liberty Global’s third quarter earnings call, Fries said that Liberty has “four or five great ideas cooking with Lionsgate”, after the cable […]

Maxdome SVOD nears 900k subs

ProSiebenSat.1’s subscription video-on-demand service Maxdome grew its subscriber base by 48% in the year to September and now has close to 900,000 subscribers, according to ProSiebenSat.1 chief financial officer Christof Wahl. Wahl, speaking on an analyst call after ProSiebenSat.1 posted solid Q3 results at the end of last week, said that the service had seen […]

Liberty Global slides into the red

Liberty Global fell into the red in the third quarter. The company recorded a loss of US$249.5 million, driven by its US$436 million losses on derivatives, compared with a profit of US$133.3 million for the same period last year. The international cable group nevertheless posted solid revenue growth, recording sales of US$5.2 billion for the quarter, […]

Discovery building the ‘Netflix of sports’

With Olympics and other rights in hand, Eurosport can become the ‘Netflix of sports’, according to parent company Discovery Communications. Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav told analysts that owning the linear and digital rights to all Eurosport content opened up a range of possibilities. “Because we own the sports content for both linear and […]

HBO shutting channels in the Netherlands

HBO is set to close its channels in the Netherlands at the end of the year. The premium pay TV network will cease to distribute its linear channels HBO1, HBO2 and HBO3 in the country on December 31. Its dedicated on-demand services HBO Go and HBO On Demand will go dark at the same time. […]

Sky ‘rapidly closing the gap’ on Liberty Global

Sky is “rapidly closing the gap” on its larger rival Liberty Global in Western Europe, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count in the region will drop from 18.5 million to 17.4 million between 2015 and 2021, while Sky’s will rise from 16.9 million to 17.3 million. […]