Italy’s Rai launches streaming service

Rai has launched Rai Play, its free OTT service, which offers live streams of a range of its channels. Launching the service this week, the Italian pubcaster said it has been working on Rai Play for over a year. It will offer live streaming of all of Rai’s main services including Rai 1, Rai 2, […]

Pubcasters set off for The West

Public broadcasters in Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Australia are among channels that have acquired historical docu-drama The West from distributor DRG. The Robert Redford-executive produced show, originally for AMC in the US, has gone to RAI, SVT, DR and SBS, with the latter’s pay TV compatriot Foxtel taking the subscription window. Kabel Eins Doku in […]

Hulu snaps up Cyber’s Zorro series

Hulu has picked up the rights to Zorro the Chronicles and will launch the French-produced animated series in the US. The streaming service will launch the show in English and Spanish. The action comedy was commissioned by France Télévisions and RAI in Italy, with Paris-based Cyber Group Studios, John Gertz’s Zorro Production International and Blue […]

Scandi pubcasters buy Universum docs

Public broadcasters in Scandinavia have bought documentary programming from Austria’s ORF. DR in Denmark took a selection of Universum-branded docs, including Africa’s Wild West and Wild Venice, which has been a big seller for ORF Enterprises, ORF’s commercial arm. DR and Sweden’s SVT have also committed to ORF’s next 4K two-parter The Canary Islands, which […]

Berlin: Edge bags film version of Netflix drama

Scandinavia-based Edge Entertainment has acquired the feature film accompaniment to Netflix’s first Italian drama series. The with Indie Sales gives Ignas Scheynius’s Edge pay TV rights to Suburra, which comes from the director and production company behind popular mafia drama Gomorrah, in Finland, and film rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Prodco Cattleya and […]

RAI plots SVOD Netflix rival

Italian public broadcaster RAI is planning to create an online pay TV platform that can rival new SVOD market entrant Netflix. According to various local reports, new RAI director general Antonio Campo Dall’Orto – a former Viacom International Media Networks executive VP – will ask the Italian government for permission to create an SVOD-style platform […]

Netflix increases prices again

Leading online streaming service Netflix has increased the monthly price of a subscription by a US$1, and will affect subscribers in the US, Canada and Latin America. The new cost of US$.9.99 is the latest price hike the Los Gatos-based digital company has made, coming after an increase in Europe earlier this year and a […]

Sky gives Rai top spot in Mediaset channels row

Sky in Italy is to give public broadcast channel Rai4 a prime spot on its EPG and is moving its own channels to other prime slots to replace Mediaset’s services following the latter’s decision to encrypt its channels from September 7. Mediaset has decided to encrypt its channels after failing to secure what it views […]

US drama Parenthood getting Italian remake

Italian pubcaster Rai has ordered a local version of US network comedy Parenthood. The format is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, which has struck a deal with Cattleya, the Italian prodco that made Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah. It will make the Italian version of the family drama, Tutto Può Succedere (Anything Could Happen), for Rai’s […]

Rai Com creates buzz around Italiana

The commercial division of Italian pubcaster Rai is in Cannes launching a magazine series based on an opinion-forming Italian culture magazine. Rai Com’s Italiana TV Magazine will run to 28 episodes of 25 minutes, with each looking at different parts of Italian culture such as food, art, architecture, fashion and design. The series is based […]