SVOD


RTL acquires Nordic online video network for $15m

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network United Screens for a price of SEK 120 million US$15 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, would expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

Hulu revives Animaniacs with Spielberg & Warner Bros.

US streamer Hulu has ordered a new version of Warner Bros. Animation (WBA)’s cartoon franchise Animaniacs, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. Spielberg’s Amblin Televsion is producing the revival, which has landed a straight-to-series order of two seasons, with WBA. New episodes will launch on the VOD service in 2020, and they represent the […]

A+E strikes wide-ranging programming deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has scored a programming output deal with US telco and digital business Verizon. This will see shows such as Knightfall, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Live PD playing on various Verizon platforms, which include Yahoo and AOL (now known collectively as Oath). Verizon Fios customers will be able to access content […]

OTT net WhereverTV teams with Google for new launch

US-based OTT player WhereverTV is launching a Spanish-language Latino service in Latin America in a partnership with Google. The subscription service, which is available on smartphones, tablets, streaming media players, computers and smart TVs, is now available on the web, via an Android app and via Chromecast in Mexico and Latin America, following the launch […]

Indian SVOD net lands Awesomeness content deal

Indian SVOD service Hotstar is targeting the Gen-Z audience after striking a content deal with youth-focused US firm Awesomeness. This will see shows such as Freakish, T@gged and Confess joining the Hotstar library. Hotstar, which faces competition in India from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Hooq, already has partnerships with the likes of […]

Amazon teams with ITV for Kate Beckinsale drama

Amazon Prime Video and UK broadcaster ITV are coproducing a limited drama series starring Kate Beckinsale. The Widow will see the Underworld franchise actor playing a grieving widow who receives a phone call that turns her life upside down and takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Commissioning broadcaster ITV, which […]

Amazon reveals subs’ streaming habits

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled a number of “curious facts” and “milestones” related to its subscribers’ streaming habits last year. In much the same vein as global SVOD rival Netflix, the on-demand service has released stats related to genre, location and programme popularity. Neither service releases viewing numbers for its programming, which means even unusual […]

UK video spend ‘grew by 7.5% in 2017’

UK consumer spend on video grew for the third consecutive year in 2017, climbing 7.5% to reach £2.69 billion (US$3.65 billion), according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The combined figure included video sales, rentals and subscriptions across digital and physical formats, and showed that renting or streaming content now outweighs buying by […]

Netflix buys second Ricky Gervais stand-up special ‘for $20m’

SVOD giant Netflix has acquired another stand-up special from Ricky Gervais, with the comedian claiming the deal hands him US$20 million. In October, Netflix dished out for Humanity, the current stand-up show Gervais is touring, and has now acquired its successor. The comic, known for co-creating sitcoms such as The Office and Derek, tweeted that […]

Game of Thrones remains most-pirated TV show – TorrentFreak

HBO’s Game of Thrones has retained its unwanted crown as the world’s most pirated TV show, according to file sharing blog TorrentFreak. The epic drama has held the position for the past six years, and once again eclipsed AMC’s The Walking Dead as the most downloaded TV programme on fie sharing service BitTorrent. Adult Swim […]

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