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iZombie invades Canuck Netflix rival

New Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive streaming local rights to Rob Thomas’s upcoming drama iZombie. The series will launch on US broadcast network The CW in the 2014-15 season, following the exploits of a young female medical student who becomes a zombie after being attacked at a party. It will be available on Shomi …

BBC Worldwide strikes trio of Chile deals

BBC Worldwide has struck three deals with Chilean broadcasters and platforms for its content. Chilean cabler VTR, meanwhile, agreed its first-ever deal with Worldwide. It bought a package of kids content for its SVOD service including preschool series Sarah & Duck. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided by sites like YouTube …

Nigeria takes on ‘first’ Spanish drama

Spanish-language drama The Time in Between is to premiere on My TV More in Nigeria this week. The Antena 3 drama was a huge hit in Spain when it launched in 2013 with an average 27.8% share, and has subsequently sold into the US via VOD service Hulu. In Latin America it is on Netflix, ¡Hola! TV …

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 …

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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 …

Full seasons for new CBS drama quartet

Stateside network CBS has given full season orders to all four of its latest dramas. Procedurals Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans, political drama Madam Secretary and dark thriller series Stalker have all been taken to series following strongs ratings performances. The shows are already racking up international sales, with Secretary just yesterday going to ex-Yugoslav countries SVOD …

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 …

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