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Canal+ name to go as Telefónica rebrands nets

Telefónica is rebranding its Spanish Canal+ channels in a move that will see the Canal+ brand disappear from Spain, to be replaced by a portfolio of channels that carry the Movistar brand used by the telco for its domestic business. The rebranding exercise, which is taking place a year after the acquisition of the Canal+ […]

Telefonica buys StudioCanal drama package

Telefonica has acquired a package of drama series from StudioCanal for its Spanish pay TV and SVOD services. The titles included are predominantly originally English-language, with Section Zéro (pictured), the new series from Braquo creator Olivier Marchal, the exception. Other titles include novelist Harlan Coben’s mystery drama The Five, which debuted on Sky in the […]

A (Movi)star is born

A new player is joining Europe’s top drama producers: Spain’s leading pay TV platform Movistar Plus has committed to launching eight original series a year, starting in 2017. Domingo Corral, Movistar Plus’ original production director, tells TBI about this strategic bet. Movistar Plus’ premium TV fiction foray kicked off in January when Alberto Rodríguez’s La Peste (The […]

NAPTE: Spanish pay service orders Web Therapy

Spanish digital pay TV Movistar+ has commissioned a local version of Lisa Kudrow improve comedy series Web Therapy. A 16x30mins series will launch on Telefónica-owned Movistar+’s new channel, #0, in February. FremantleMedia Spain is attached to produce. FremantleMedia International, the global arm of FremantleMedia, has signed up to distribute the show and is launching it […]

Report: HBO Now faces Netflix in Spain

Premium over-the-top service HBO Now will reportedly launch in Spain by the year-end. The Time Warner-owned service launching in the territory means HBO will look to retain its rights from now onwards, and not license them to pay TV providers, according to report author BloombergBusiness. Existing content deals will run down, at which point the […]

First Euro deals for Canal+’s Versailles

Zodiak Rights has sealed German and Spanish deals for epic Canal+ period drama Versailles. The series, set within the royal court at the titular French palace, has been picked up by SVOD service Movistar in Spain. In Germany, local distributor SquareOne has picked it up and will sell it into German-speaking territories. The deal marks […]

News brief: Wellness cable channel extends to Colombia

A new wellness and well-being cable channel has launched on Colombian pay TV platform Movistar. Intinetwork.tv already is already distributed on other platforms in Latin America after its parent, Alterna’TV, closed deals, and is now on the Telefonica-owned Spanish-speaking operator Movistar. Alterna’TV, which is a subsidiary of telecoms company Eutelsat Americas, launched Intinetwork.tv last October. […]

Telefónica stakes international claim with new TV and film Studio

Spanish telco Telefónica has put all of its production units into a single Studios division and said it want to become a significant international TV and film producer. It has launched Telefónica Studios, a central unit that will comprise all of its content-making activities and will make a raft of TV and feature content for […]