The Wire


Amedia becomes ‘home of HBO’ in new deal

Russian free and pay TV broadcaster Amedia has signed a new deal with HBO giving it the exclusive Russian rights to first-run HBO shows and HBO’s programming library for the first time. The new deal makes Amedia’s pay TV service Amedia Premium HD, consisting of Amedia Premium and Amedia Hit channels and SVOD service Amediateka, […]

HBO revamps CEE channels, third net launches

The European division of HBO is refreshing its channels line-up in the central and eastern Europe region. It is rebranding HBO Comedy and launching HBO2 in several countries in the region for the first time. A three-strong line up of linear channels will comprise HBO, HBO2 and HBO3. The core HBO service will carry the […]

‘Unashamedly ambitious’ Netflix rival launches

South African SVOD platform ShowMax has launched with “more than a year’s continuous viewing” for customers as aims it “change the game” for on-demand in the territory. The Naspers-backed service will have complex box-sets of big hitter HBO shows Game of Thrones, Entourage and The Wire, CBS talk series The Late, Late Show with James […]

David Simon pilots set for HBO

HBO’s long-standing partnership with The Wire creator David Simon continues with the greenlight of two pilots. The US premium cable channel has given the greenlight to The Deuce, a pilot starring James Franco about the legalisation of the porn industry set around 1970s and 1980s New York; and a Capital Hill-themed drama with Watergate journalist […]

Idris Elba preps Mandela, My Dad and Me doc

Idris Elba is making Mandela, My Dad and Me, a one-off doc about his life and preparation for playing Nelson Mandela in the hit movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Elba’s prodco Green Door Pictures, UK indie Woodcut Media and Shine regional division Shine North are making the 1x60mins film. Content financier Bob & Co. are part-financing […]

BBC Taster gets Idris Elba interactive doc

The BBC has commissioned Story of Now, an interactive doc presented by Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) for its new digital hub, BBC Taster. The 20-part series will be produced by UK indie TouchCast. Each five-minute instalment will explore a question abut the human condition, including those pertaining to religion, art, morality and consciousness. The show […]

Canadian Netflix rival taps into The Wire

Canadian OTT service CraveTV has acquired all seasons of The Wire and will launch remastered episodes of the classic HBO series. Recently-launched CraveTV has been on a buying spree to bulk up its catalogue, and The Wire is the latest in a long line of recent TV series acquisitions. In Canada it has exclusive rights […]

HBO, Showtime deals for Presto as Stan taps ABC

Australian on-demand services Presto and Stan have both scored new programming deals. The deals come as Australia’s on-demand market adapts to a number of new services launching in the territory in recent months, and ahead of the upcoming launch of Netflix. Presto’s deals hand the Foxtel-owned SVOD service HBO programming including The Sopranos, Entourage, The […]

Canada’s Bell latest to take on Netflix with Latte

Canadian telco and broadcaster Bell will launch a TV streaming service with content from HBO and several Hollywood studios. The service does not have a name, but is code-named Project Latte, and said it will differentiate itself from services such as Shomi by offering exclusive fare. Shomi is the Netflix rival announced by Bell rivals […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video launches on Android phones

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video OTT service on Android phones in the UK, Germany and US for the first time. The retail giant said that Amazon Prime members will be able to access its Prime Instant Video catalogue of “tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes” via an update for the Amazon […]