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Amazon Instant launches in Japan 08 January 2015

Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in Japan Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The offering has 26,000 movies and TV show episodes available for rent and purchase, but Amazon isn’t currently offering a Prime Instant-like subscription to Japanese customers. The launch …

Vimeo invests another $10 million in premium VOD content 07 January 2015

One year after launching its VOD platform, Vimeo is doubling down on paid content by earmarking a total of $10 million for videographers who want to sell their productions through its site. Vimeo now offers more than 6,000 videos for sale through Vimeo on Demand, ranging from indie movies to instructional videos to even serialized fare. …

Google Brings its Play Movies Video Service to 39 New Countries 07 January 2015

Google just rolled out its Play Movies service, which offers Hollywood Blockbusters for rent or sale, in a whole bunch of additional countries — 39, to be precise, including a number of countries in Central and South America, Europe and Africa. This means that Google Play Movies is now available in about 60 countries around …

Tubi TV Wants to Take on Crackle With Free Movies and TV Shows 07 January 2015

Tubi TV is a new streaming app from San Francisco-based connected TV startup adRise. Tubi TV is already available on Amazon’s new Fire TV and plans to launch on Roku and Xbox 360 in the coming days. Tubi TV’s ambitious goal is to become the largest library of free movies and TV shows. Netflix subscribers will recognize some …

Netflix Unveils Seal of Approval for Streaming-Optimized TVs 07 January 2015

Netflix wants smart TVs to be less dumb: The streaming service will unveil a new seal of approval at CES in Las Vegas Monday that is meant to highlight TVs optimized for streaming video. TVs that feature the new “Netflix-recommended TV” logo will feature easier navigation, a snappier performance of the Netflix app and other …

Disney spending more time in Camp Lakebottom 06 January 2015

Disney has acquired the second season of toon series Camp Lakebottom for several of its channels. The second 26x22mins run of the animated comedy show has been acquired by Disney Channels Asia. The series is distributed by 9 Story, which struck the Disney deals. The show debuted on Teletoon in Canada and Disney XD in the US …

Netflix’s Lilyhammer Heads to Sky Atlantic 06 January 2015

Lilyhammer, the first original drama ordered by Netflix, has been acquired by the Sky Atlantic pay TV channel in Italy. Sky Atlantic has acquired all three seasons of the drama, which stars Steve Van Sandt as a mobster relocated to a previously peaceful Norwegian town of Lillehammer. Netflix has 31.7 million paid subscribers! What are you …

Canadian Netflix Rival Taps Into The Wire 06 January 2015

Canadian OTT service CraveTV has acquired all seasons of The Wire and will launch remastered episodes of the classic HBO series. The Wire is the latest in a long line of recent TV series acquisitions of Crave TV. In Canada it has exclusive rights to the HBO library. All episodes of The Wire have been remastered and will …

WWE Network Gets UK, Ireland Launch 06 January 2015

Wrestling entertainment company the WWE is launching its direct-to-consumer channel, WWE Network, in the UK and Ireland this month. The OTT channel has launched around the world in more than 170 territories since going live in the US last year. WWE Network includes access to all 12 major PPV telecasts, a scheduled 24/7 programming schedule including original …

Netflix to Start Offering ‘Breaking Bad’ in Glorious 4K in June 05 January 2015

Netflix will offer Breaking Bad as a 4K streaming option starting this June. The company has been licensed by Sony to offer the series, and a remaster with 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound. Netflix launched its first Ultra HD videos in Nov. 2013, and made a deal focusing on 4K content with Sony in Jan. 2014. The …

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