Stan nets exclusive Sherlock streaming deal

Stan has taken the exclusive rights to the upcoming season of Sherlock, meaning the latest instalment of the BBC drama series will launch on the streaming service in Australia. Stan, which is backed by commercial broadcaster Nine Network and media company Fairfax, also has exclusive streaming rights to previous Sherlock seasons and specials, validating its […]

Fox scoops UK Wolf Creek as Outcast goes big

Fox UK has bought Wolf Creek, the Australian series based on the eponymous horror movie series. The deal hands Fox the UK rights to the six-part series, and the pay TV channel will launch it on August 30, in a 10pm slot. Wolf Creek is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the deal. It follows […]

Netflix drives VOD boom in Australia

Use of VOD and SVOD in Australia will increase sharply with Netflix spurring much of the growth, according to new research. By the end of the year two thirds of Australians over 16 who have an internet connection will be accessing VOD services. Nielsen says 67% will be watching OTT video by end-2016, compared with […]

Aussie SVOD service calls in administrators

Embattled Australian subscription on-demand service Quickflix has entered into administration. The Australian Securities Exchange-listed company has appointed partners from Ferrier Hodgson as voluntary administrators, though trading continues as usual. Quickflix’s New Zealand arm is not included in the administration process. Quickflix said it had taken the move as its struggled to raise new capital due […]

Foxtel ‘plots own streaming device’

Australian pay TV giant Foxtel is reported to be planning to launch a streaming device that would offer free and paid-for services. Billed by the Australian Financial Review as an “Apple TV-style streaming device”, the product could potentially offer Foxtel’s online streaming service Foxtel Play. The device would compete with Telstra TV, a television set […]

Aussie SVOD service pulls off Showtime coup

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has scored exclusive streaming rights to programming from premium US cable channel Showtime. The agreement began this week with the launch of Billions, and will ultimately run to hundreds of hours, and includes granting Stan the exclusive license to use the Showtime brand in Australia. A highlight will be the […]

Australian SVOD market to grow 17-fold

Australian subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix, Presto and Stan will grow by a factor of 17 between the end of 2014 and the end of 2019, according to new research. The new Ovum study claims that subscription video-on-demand services have grown rapidly in Australia since Netflix moved into the market in May, with competition […]

Australia’s Nine creates MD role

The new CEO of Australian free-to-air broadcaster Nine has made his first senior executive appointment, naming Amanda Laing in the newly created managing director role. Hugh Marks replaced long-serving CEO David Gyngell in November and has now installed Laing as a key lieutenant. In her new role she will oversee the exploitation of Nine’s content […]

ACMA: 14% of Australians use Netflix

An estimated 14% of adult Australians, some 2.5 million people, used Netflix to stream TV shows or movies in the six months to June2015, according to media regulator the ACMA. Research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority said that after launching in March, Netflix now accounts for “the majority of SVoD services used in […]

Study: Netflix drives down Oz piracy

New streaming services are helping to drive down illegal downloading in Australia, new research shows. An independent study found that 25% of Australian adults had pirated content, which was down 4% on the 2014 figure. This was attributed to the launch of popular new services such Narcos platform Netflix, Stan and Presto, and new government […]