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Experts Believe Streaming TV Threatens SA Broadcasters

  Internet streaming is a serious competitive threat to broadcast television in South Africa, but the technology is hamstrung by cost challenges, says an analyst. “There is no doubt that internet streaming is a viable competitor to broadcast television… if you can afford and are able to get the requisite bandwidth,” Andrew Fraser told Fin24. …

Canadian Netflix rival snags Amazon originals

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive local rights to a raft of Amazon’s original programming. Shomi launched last year and is going up against Netflix and Latte in an increasingly competitive Canadian streaming market. Shomi has exclusive streaming rights and none of the shows has gone out on traditional linear TV either in Canada. The streaming …

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 …

On-demand Cirkus buys The Driver

Cirkus, the ‘best of British’ on demand service, has added UK drama series The Driver to its line-up. Cirkus has acquired the SVOD rights to the BBC drama for the Nordic territories where its on-demand service is carried on the Com Hem and Boxer platforms in Sweden and TeliaSonera platform in Sweden and Finland. Looking to …

WOWOW bags Extant exclusive

Japanese pay TV provider has acquired exclusive local rights to CBS dramas Extant and Penny Dreadful. CBS Studios International sells Extant, a sci-fi starring actor Halle Berry and Showtime-Sky Atlantic co-production horror-drama Penny Dreadful on the global market.  CBSSI, which was funded in part by an exclusive US SVOD rights deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video, …

Vodafone to launch UK TV services

Mobile operator Vodafone announced plans to introduce TV services and residential broadband in UK next year. Vodafone already offers TV in five markets – Germany, Portugal, New Zealand Spain and the Netherlands – and now claims 9.6 million multi-screen, multi-platformTV customers across fibre, mobile and IPTV. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model …

BBC orders more Peaky Blinders, Netflix gets US rights

UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a third season of period gangster drama Peaky Blinders. Netflix, which has acquired the previous two seasons of the UK drama, will show it on its streaming service in the US. Along with Ripper Street, which is now co-financed by Amazon, the early pick-up for Peaky Blinders marks another …

MGM: A lion in the TV jungle

Having turned 90 this year, MGM studio has secured new cash that it will invest in content, and as the zeitgeist moves from big to small screen, will look to build its roster of TV shows. The film-to-TV offerings have helped open doors and build relationships in the TV content community since MGM emerged from bankruptcy three years …

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virginand CBS drama Madam Secretary. Furthermore, Californication will be available in its entirety as a SVOD product for the first time, and classic shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series and Twilight …

CBS scores FIC Sweden deal

Fox International Channels Sweden has scored a multi-year programming agreement with the distribution arm of US broadcaster CBS. The deal with CBS Studios International will see CBS show including Madam Secretary and Scorpion (pictured) launch exclusively on new Swedish pay TV channel Fox. Other series included are rerun rights to The Good Wife and Numbers. This includes …

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