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LoveFilm launches on Xbox One

TV and movie streaming service LoveFilm can now be accessed on the newly-launched Xbox One. In the UK, Microsoft launched its next-generation console and connected entertainment service Xbox One yesterday. An app is available from the Microsoft online store – the Xbox One App Marketplace – that allows LoveFilm customers in the UK that have […]

CBS says new platforms allow it to ‘reset’ content sales business

CBS’ COO Joe Ianniello has told analysts that the introduction of new platforms and digital services is allowing the company to “reprice and reset” what it can command for its content. CBS recently issued bullish forecasts for its international content business and Ianniello told a Wells Fargo TMT conference this week that the advent of […]

Microsoft announces Xbox One launch partners

Microsoft has announced the “first wave” of launch partners for its new Xbox One games console, including Netflix, Eurosport and Machinima. In Europe, where Microsoft is due to launch the Xbox One on November 22, the firm announced content partners for seven countries – Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Videogame themed […]

‘Netflix to lead new wave of UK production M&A’

Netflix is among the emerging players set to lead a new wave of consolidation in the UK production sector, a media M&A specialist has predicted. Ben Tolley, partner at Clarity Capital Partners, a technology and media advisor that aided Twofour on its merger with Boom Pictures, said the “value of distinctive content is being recognised […]

Microsoft closing its web TV service

Microsoft is set to close MSN TV – a subscription set-top service dating back to the 1990s, designed to let people access the web from their TVs. In an announcement on the MSN TV site, Microsoft said it was closing the service effective of September 30, claiming that since its inception, “the web has continued […]

Spielberg making Halo series for Microsoft’s new Xbox One

Steven Spielberg will produce a new series based on the Halo games franchise for Xbox One, the next-generation console and entertainment system from Microsoft. Microsoft launched the Xbox One yesterday and unveiled a range of other TV series and video content Spielberg will executive produce the live-action Halo series, which will be made by Microsoft’s […]

MSN ‘looking to revive Heroes for Xbox’

MSN could be planning to make a new season of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes for its Xbox games console platform, according to a US report. US website TVLine reported that MSN was interested in relaunching the series, without naming sources. MSN created Xbox Entertainment Studios in February under former CBS executive Nancy Tellem and hired […]

BBC on-demand boss Danker leaves for Shazam

Daniel Danker is leaving the BBC to become chief product officer at media recognition service Shazam. Danker has been general manager of programmes and on-demand at the UK public broadcaster since 2010 and has been responsible for strategy and delivery of the BBC’s iPlayer and red button interactive services. His role at Shazam will be […]

Microsoft’s Halo show launching internationally

Content Television is launching Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action drama based on the computer games franchise, internationally. The show is produced by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries and was unveiled at Comic-Con last year. Content Television has now secured worldwide distribution rights across broadcast, online, VOD and home entertainment platforms, with the exception […]