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WOWOW bags Extant exclusive 14 January 2015

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 14 January 2015

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 14 January 2015

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 14 January 2015

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 13 January 2015

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 13 January 2015

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 …

Ukraine’s Digital Screens relaunches OTT 13 January 2015

Ukrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service. The digital TV service has over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue. Its parent, MGU, is of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels. OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and …

Walking Dead feasts on social media 13 January 2015

The Walking Dead generated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. Twitter users are in fact watching just as much, if not more traditional content (i.e. broadcast and cable) as non-users. The most notable differentiator between the two groups is that Twitter …

Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth 13 January 2015

Revenue from electronic home video streaming will surpass discs in 2016. In 2017, digital home video will overtake movie theatres as the largest contributor to US film, hitting  $17 billion. Consumers are going to have more access to channels and more choice as to how they consume media.  Devices will no longer be the blocker,  as desktop, laptop, …

Denmark’s TDC preps on-demand launch 12 January 2015

Danish telco TDC plans to launch a comprehensive transactional video-on-demand and electronic sell-through service using the Blockbuster brand it acquired at the start of 2014, TBI sister title Digital TV Europe has learned. The service will launch in some time, with a much deeper range of titles than originally envisaged. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video …

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