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Factual Round up: UKTV & ZDF pick up Scorpion TV docs; ‘Cops’ comes to social media; Rakuten TV launches ‘Seve’

UKTV & ZDF pick up Scorpion TV docs UKTV, ZDF and others have struck deals with UK-based indie distributor Scorpion TV for a slew of factual content. UKTV has acquired Children’s Ward (7 x 30-minutes) for its entertainment channel W. Originally produced by Chwarel for BBC Wales, the series explores heart-warming stories from one of the busiest children’s […]

Rakuten TV launches sports doc-focused Rakuten Stories channel

Streaming service Rakuten TV has launched Rakuten Stories, a new free, ad-supported linear channel focused on “inspirational” sports documentaries. Among its original and exclusive offerings is the docuseries The Giants, which follows the careers of Konishiki, Musashimaru, Takamiyama and Akebono – sumo wrestling legends who rose from humble beginnings in Hawaii to become the first […]

Rakuten TV preps more than 90 pan-European FAST channels

Streaming service Rakuten TV is ramping up its presence across Europe by launching more than 90 new ad-supported linear channels. The free-to-watch networks will be available across 42 European markets, with Rakuten curating global and local entertainment programming for the themed services. The line-up will vary in each territory but content will include movies, entertainment […]

ViacomCBS & Rakuten join forces to take kids’ streamer Nick+ to Japan

US-based ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has signed a long-term agreement with Japan’s Rakuten Group to bring Nickelodeon’s kids’ streaming service Nick+ to Japanese VOD platform Rakuten TV. Nick+ will launch on Rakuten TV on 28 April, bringing Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, Blaze And The Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies and Dora The Explorer to Japanese […]

Starzplay strikes Rakuten TV distribution across Europe

OTT operator Rakuten TV has struck a deal that will see the international streaming service from US cabler Starz become available via its platform across Europe. Starzplay will offer exclusive access to original series, acquired content and movies to viewers in Spain, the UK, Italy, France and Germany via Rakuten TV. The streamer costs £4.99 […]

Rakuten TV to launch AVOD offering with Hollywood content and originals

OTT operator Rakuten TV it to launch its first AVOD channels within its platform, providing access to Hollywood and local content for free. The ad-supported channels will also include exclusive Rakuten programming, TV series and documentaries, as well as news and sport channels with a combined linear and on-demand offer. The company’s AVOD channel Matchday […]

Rakuten TV to expand to 40 territories in 2019

Rakuten TV is looking to triple its market presence to 40 territories in 2019 via partnerships with Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense. Rakuten will offer integrated content within the manufacturers’ Smart TV remote controls, which directly links to the Rakuten TV streaming service. With this move, the VOD platform says it will simultaneously increase its […]

AMC Iberia to launch SVOD service

AMC Network Iberia is planning to launch a streaming service in Spain, in partnership with pay TV distributors, according to local reports. AMC posted a promo for the service on YouTube on Tuesday, advertising a mix of channels and on-demand content for €6.99 (US$8.22) a month. The service advertises itself as offering content in 4K […]