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Liberty Global’s Telenet teams up with DPG Media to launch ‘Flemish Netflix’

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has joined forces with DPG Media, the owner of commercial broadcaster VTM, to build a new streaming service with local and international content. Telenet said that the pair want to respond as effectively as possible to changing viewing habits and to offer a local alternative to international streaming giants. […]

Telenet takes over Woestijnvis owner to fight SVOD rivals

Belgian cable operator has agreed to take full control of De Vijver Media, putting it in charge of the VIER, VIJF and ZES commercial channels and the Woestijnvis production house. The Liberty Global-owned operator said the deal will allow it to respond faster and more effectively to innovations in viewing experience or advertising, against a […]

Virgin buys ‘Flemish noir’ brothel drama

UK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium. The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand. The series, produced in Dutch with English […]

Sky and Scandis buy Babylon Berlin

Beta Film has sealed a raft of deals for Babylon Berlin, the upcoming €40 million (US$42 million) German period drama. Pay TV operator Sky has acquired the show for the UK and Germany, and Beta Film has also locked in several Scandi deals, with SVT Sweden, NRK Norway, DR Denmark, YLE Finland and RUV Iceland […]

Viceland hires ex-Talpa exec to lead Benelux

Vice Media has appointed a former Talpa Media and Twitter executive to helm the upcoming launch of linear channel Viceland in the Benelux region. Stefan Tieleman (pictured) has been named general manager of Viceland Benelux. He’s responsible for the launches of the youth-skewed network in the Netherlands on the Ziggo pay TV platform and in […]

Liberty Global slides into the red

Liberty Global fell into the red in the third quarter. The company recorded a loss of US$249.5 million, driven by its US$436 million losses on derivatives, compared with a profit of US$133.3 million for the same period last year. The international cable group nevertheless posted solid revenue growth, recording sales of US$5.2 billion for the quarter, […]

New Witnesses come forwards in Europe

More channel groups in Europe have acquired French drama Witnesses from Newen Distribution. Following a recent deal with Channel 4 in the UK, Newen has sold the show to Belgium’s RTBF, Telenet and VRT in the territory’s various language regions; Norway’s NRK2; and Germany’s RTL Crime. Newen says the series represents just the second time […]

Liberty’s Telenet moves into original drama

Days ahead of Netflix’s Belgian launch, Liberty-backed cabler Telenet has unveiled plans for its first original scripted series. Chaussée d’Amour (The Strip of Love) will be a ten-part series made with local prodco deMensen. All episodes of the show will be released simultaneously, the release pattern pioneered by Netflix, on Telenet’s Rio and Rex premium […]

HBO renews Belgian cable deal

Belgian cabler Telenet has renewed its content deal with HBO until 2018. The deal gives Telenet exclusive rights to HBO content in Flanders, which the cable company markets under the ‘Home of HBO’ banner on its service. As well as access to new HBO seasons and series including Game of Thrones within a week of […]

AMC Networks completes $1bn Chellomedia purchase

AMC Networks has closed its €750 million (US$1 billion) acquisition of global channels operator and content company Chellomedia from Liberty Global. The deal is for “substantially all” of Liberty’s interests in Chello, excluding Dutch premium cable channels Film1 and Sport1. Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, ad sales unit Atmedia and […]