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Sky strikes Now TV deal with Vodafone 16 January 2015

UK pay TV operator BSkyB is making on-demand service Now TV available to Vodafone Red 4G customers in its first deal for the over-the-top video service with a UK mobile network. Vodafone customers signing up to pay-monthly Red 4G plans will get a Now TV Entertainment Pass, free of charge and for the length of their contract. This …

Nine’s SVOD service to launch with Better Call Saul 16 January 2015

Nine Network’s upcoming A$100 million (US$86.7 million) SVOD service will launch in the new year, with the acquisition of Breaking Badspin-off Better Call Saul in the bag. Australia has few SVOD options, which has lead to many consumers illegally accessing overseas versions of Netflix in order to binge-watch programming. The A$10 a month Stan will now …

Calemzuk forms Rampante, teams with Time 16 January 2015

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 16 January 2015

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 …

FCCE reveals ‘world’s first African superhero’ 15 January 2015

Holland-based distributor FCCE has taken a series that’s billed as starring “the world’s first mainstream African-based superhero” to Discop Africa. The FCCE exec added that: “With the huge success of drama series at free-to-air channels, digital channels and VOD platforms like Netflix we automatically see a growing demand for high quality drama series. In our constant …

Chinese video platform takes Voice Kids rights 15 January 2015

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has acquired rights to remake John de Mol’s format The Voice Kids. This is the second major international format de Mol created that Youku Tudou is remaking, after it took rights to make a Chinese version of Endemol’s flagship showBig Brother. The Tudou division of the on-demand business will oversee the …

TVN buys Seven, Channel 5 shows 15 January 2015

Poland’s TVN has acquired programmes including Seven Network’sWorld’s Richest Dogs from distributor TCB Rights. Other newly-announced TCB deals include a 33-hour VOD deal with Krakow-based Grupa Onet and a series of programme sales to AMC Networks Europe.Czech Republic’s FTV Prima has bought a 20-hour package. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and …

DHX cuts Chinese streaming deal with CCTV 15 January 2015

Canada-listed kids producer and distributor DHX has struck a streaming deal with China National Television, the new media division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The pair will launch a new streaming platform in China that will carry DHX’s kids and family programming. DHX will provide 700 half hours of kids fare, in Mandarin, for the new service, …

Netflix greenlights Justin Time spin-off 15 January 2015

Streaming service Netflix has greenlit a spin-off of Justin Time, the animated kids series from Canadian studio Guru. The 13x30mins series, Justin Time the New Adventures, will premiere on Netflix around the world in early 2016. The commission is the latest in Netflix’s push into original children’s series. The SVOD firm is currently spending heavily in Canada as …

On-demand Cirkus buys The Driver 14 January 2015

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 …

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