Pluto TV hires Magine, TV4 alum to oversee Nordic deals

Paramount’s FAST streaming service Pluto TV has hired a former TV4 Sweden exec to work across its acquisitions activity. Annica Lindeberg took up the role of senior manager for content partnerships at Pluto’s Stockholm office last month, with a remit to create the service’s acquisitions strategy for the Nordic region. She will also work closely with […]

Magine creates Spanish movies SVOD service

Streaming company Magine is creating a subscription VOD service offering Spanish movies. Magine has hooked up with Spain-based content rights firm Dinamedia to launch the offer, which will be known as FlixOlé. The service will offer “one of the world’s largest libraries of Spanish movies” when it launches in Spain late this month. The service […]

Electus hires UK-based European sales chief

Electus has poached Jonathan South from Televisa and he will head up its European operation. In the new London-based role South will work across sales, acquisition and coproduction. As senior VP and head of Europe at the IAC-backed producer and distributor South will run distribution in the UK, France and Nordics. He will also scout […]

Magine sets sights on Chinese market

Cloud TV company Magine has set up a Hong Kong-based Magine Asia division, with plans in place to jointly launch an internet-based video streaming service in China. Magine said it has struck an agreement with an unnamed Beijing-based digital TV system integrator and operator in order to build, launch and operate the Chinese service. The […]

FCC votes to ‘unlock the box’

American media regulator the FCC has approved plans that will allow software, devices, and other solutions to compete with the set-top boxes in a bid to “tear down anti-competitive barriers”. The Federal Communications Commission said the proposal offers a framework to “unlock the box”, giving more choices to the “99% US pay TV subscribers” that […]

Magine buys Swedish film streamer

Cloud TV service Magine TV has acquired Swedish film streaming service Plejmo, after buying the assets of its parent company film2home. Magine TV CEO Ambuj Goyal said that Plejmo will be integrated into Magine and claimed that adding a service that offers movies and series on-demand was a complimentary and “natural next step” for Magine. […]

Magine exec among two Televisa USA hires

Televisa USA has hired an executive from online pay TV firm Magine to runs its sales and another to oversee scripted development. From UK-based Magine comes from Jonathan South, who will become director of sales, worldwide, while Cutler’s David Sigurani becomes director of scripted development. Televisa USA is a subsidiary of Mexican television giant Televisa […]

Streaming TV service Magine launches in UK

Online TV operator Magine has launched in test mode in the UK, concurrently securing deals with broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Cloud-based over-the-top TV service Magine started in Sweden in 2013, as first reported by TBI, before launching in Germany last year. It said today that it now has 1.5 million users […]

Magine shelves Spanish launch plans

Cloud-based over-the-top TV service Magine has shelved its Spanish launch plans, announcing that it will shut down its beta trial in the country after 18 months. In a tweet posted on the Magine Spain account, the cloud TV company said it is postponing the commercial launch in the country and that its existing beta trial […]

Magine completes German clean sweep with ProSieben channels

The ProSiebenSat.1 bouquet of channels will be added to the Magine service in Germany after the OTT service struck a deal with the German free-to-air broadcast group. The deal means that from march Magine will carry the SAT.1, ProSieben, Kabel Eins, Sixx, Sat.1 Gold and ProSieben Maxx channels. Magine has launched a trial version of […]