SVOD


Sony takes ‘Community’ non-exclusive as Netflix, Hulu strike deals

Netflix has signed a non-exclusive global deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to begin streaming all six seasons of US comedy Community from 1 April. SPT has also extended its existing deal with Disney-owned Hulu, which will allow the US streamer to keep showing the comedy but no longer on an exclusive basis. As both […]

TBI Weekly: How the Mouse House is winning with Disney+

Disney left it pretty late to get into the direct-to-consumer business considering the heft of its operations and that giant back catalogue. But, as with many things the Mouse House does of late, it appears to have made an almost perfectly-timed entry that has been neatly illustrated in the company’s first quarterly results revealed since […]

Amazon Prime nears Netflix as it unveils 150 million Prime members

Amazon Prime now has 150 million members worldwide, the company has revealed in its quarterly results. The figure puts Amazon close to Netflix’s recently reported stat of 167 million users, which saw it expand subscribers internationally but miss out on expected growth in the US. Confirming the figures in its Q4 results, CEO Jeff Bezos […]

TBI Weekly: Five key takeaways from NATPE 2020

NATPE has traditionally marked the start of the conference year for many execs across the Americas and Europe, with delegates heading to the warmer climes of Miami for discussion, deal-making and dinners overlooking the ocean. Yet the sunshine and downpours that accompanied this year’s event were reflective of the wider disruption facing the business – […]

Asian streamer Viu quits Indian market

Viu, the video streaming service owned by Hong Kong-based PCCW Media, has decided to fold its Indian operation. The Indian market has become a hotly contested OTT market, with Western and other Asian streamers undercutting one another in an attempt to catch up with the Disney-owned market leader Hotstar. A Redseer report from July estimated […]

France’s Canal+ strikes exclusive deal for streamer Disney+

Canal+ in France has struck an exclusive distribution deal with Disney for its Disney+ streamer. The service is set to launch in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 31, following successful November roll-outs in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The deal means consumers in France will have to […]

DAZN nabs Copa del Rey rights in Spain, Germany

Sports streamer DAZN has landed the rights to Spain’s premier domestic cup competition, the Copa Del Rey, in a raft of markets including Spain and Germany. The Copa Del Rey will also stream on DAZN in Austria, Switzerland and Japan. The three-year deal covers the upcoming seasons from 2019/20 to 2021/22 and represents DAZN’s first […]

Crunchyroll expands in EMEA with VIZ Media Europe acquisition, regional head

WarnerMedia-owned SVOD Crunchyroll has completed its acquisition of anime distributor VIZ Media Europe Group, and appointed an EMEA head for the business. The combining of the two businesses will expand Crunchyroll’s anime brand and global platform with VIZ’s EMEA network of partners, distributors and licensees. The SVOD – which has maintained a strong footprint in […]

HBO Max marks first series pick-up with Lena Dunham’s ‘Generation’

HBO Max has handed a series order to a high school-set comedy drama produced by Girls creator Lena Dunham. Generation, which was ordered to pilot earlier this year, marks the first show to get picked up to series at the streamer. Created by 18-year-old Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel Barnz, the 10-part series follows […]

Formats round-up: Viu adapts CJ ENM’s ‘Black’, Newen medical format goes to Germany

Viu adapts CJ ENM thriller ‘Black’ Asian OTT service Viu is adapting CJ ENM’s scripted drama Black for its 17 markets. The PCWW Media Group-backed platform is to launch an eight-part Malaysian version of the format, starring popular local stars such as Kamal Adli, Siti Saleha, Nabila Huda and Zoey Rahman. The original Korean series […]