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Netflix moves for another BBC/Sundance drama

Netflix has acquired upcoming BBC and Sundance drama series One Child. Netflix has recently picked up exclusive US streaming rights to another BBC drama,Peaky Blinders, while commissioning a King Kong cartoon, a comedy from director Judd Apatow, F for Family, an animated series based on comedian Bill Burr’s stand-up, and a Canadian original drama with rival …

NATPE: US viewers flocking to streaming

A new study from NATPE and CEA says that over 70% of US consumers have streamed full-length TV shows in the past six months with Netflix the category leader. Comedy was top among Millennials and 57% of those surveyed in that demo said Netflix was their first choice for comedy. The SVOD subs are also more positive …

Online retailer readies Amazon OTT challenger

US-based online retail company Overstock.com has revealed an Amazon Prime Instant Video rival at the NATPE conference in Miami. Overstock, which claims around 25 million to 40 million unique users a month, plans to launch a video-on-demand service with more than 30,000 titles, according to its CEO, Patrick Byrne. The VOD service is to go live mid-2015, …

Netflix to complete global expansion in two years

Netflix has said it plans to complete its global expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries. Netflix said that it plans to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late Q1 2015 and will launch in “additional major countries” later this year. The SVOD …

VOD – NOT A THREAT BUT AN OPPORTUNITY

With The Interview raking in USD 34 million collections from online VoD collections, which is significantly higher than the USD 2 million it was able to manage in theatres across North America in the first 4 days following Christmas. Is a clear indication that 2015 will be the year when Video streaming sites & Platforms will …

Chinese Big Brother for VOD platform

Online video platform Youku Tudou has commissioned China’s first ever version of Endemol’s flagship format Big Brother. Youku Tudou and a new Endemol Asia unit, Endemol China are collaborating on a ten-week series, Big Brother China. The series will go into production shortly ahead of an early 2015 launch. Youku Tudou, which formed out the merger of …

Imira launches Xilam toons

  Spain’s Imira Entertainment has acquired rights to a combined 250 hours of animated programming from French toon studio Xilam Animation. Debuting at NATPE in Miami today are 26x30mins A Kind of Magic, 52x13mins Bali, 270x7mins Oggy & the Cockroaches (pictured) and 195x7mins The Daltons. Imira has Latin American and US Hispanic free TV and VOD rights to …

Starz confirms global SVOD service for 2015

US premium cable net Starz will launch its planned international subscription on-demand service next year, with initial investment in the project totalling around US$20 million. Premium cable rival HBO has already confirmed it will launch a standalone OTT service. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video Streaming Platform to launch your own VoD Site? Muvi SDK …

Calemzuk forms Rampante, teams with Time

Former Fox and Shine boss Emiliano Calemzuk has created a new content company, Rampante, and teamed up with publishing group Time Inc. to form a new production company. The new prodco will make video content for a new multiplatform library and will also help Time distribute its video content. Time Inc. brands include Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, …

Big-screen to small-screen

Amid what is described as the ‘Golden Age’ of TV drama there is an increasing trend to look to feature films for small-screen inspiration. The current trend is being driven by a number of factors, first and foremost the boom in demand for original programming from cable channels and SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon. For SVOD …

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