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Amazon to rival Netflix with original movies 21 January 2015

Amazon Studios is to begin to produce and acquire original movies for early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The move comes soon after Netflix promised to shake up the “antiquated” movie distribution model by producing and debuting its own films. Amazon noted theatrical releases typically took between 39 and 52 weeks to premiere on SVOD …

Netflix launches on BT in the UK 20 January 2015

BT has entered into a partnership with Netflix to make the streaming VOD service available direct to its TV customers. “We have entered into a partnership with Netflix that will allow our customers to sign up for Netflix alongside our other products and services, with the added convenience of paying on one bill directly through BT,” …

Shomi opens Notebook, Blacklist 20 January 2015

Canadian subscription on-demand service Shomi has acquired NBC’s big hitter The Blacklist and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted miniseries The Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories. It has already acquired exclusive rights to The CW’s zombie teen drama iZombie and premium shows such as Power and Survivor’s Remorse from Starz and is co-producing a drama with rival SVOD service …

Discovery founder preps factual SVOD service 19 January 2015

Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks has launched a subscription-on-demand service for factual programming named Curiosity Stream. Curiosity Stream also represents the first SVOD service of its size to cater purely for factual viewers. Netflix has sizeable doc and factual catalogue already, however, and commissions original docs and exclusively prebuys other unscripted content. Stop earning in pennies …

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 …

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 …

Hulu Strikes Volume Deal With Disney 30 December 2014

US streaming and catch-up service Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to Disney-distributed ABC series Resurrection and Mistresses, as well as Devious Maids. The deal gives Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to the ABC Studios scripted series, which it has launched on its premium Hulu Plus service. Looking for a Hulu or Netflix like platform? Launch your own Video streaming …

Belgacom adds Netflix to Proximus 29 December 2014

Belgian telecoms operator Belgacom started to roll out Netflix on its Proximus TV offering, as part of a gradual deployment that will take place over the next few months. Belgacom said that the move will give customers a “superior television experience which combines all technologies in an ideal way.” Viewers will also be able to resume playback of …

Adam Sandler and Netflix Sign 4-Movie Deal 26 December 2014

Adam Sandler has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix to make four feature films for the Internet TV network. The actor’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, will work with Netflix to make the films under the new contract. Netflix said the films will premier exclusively for members of its streaming service. Looking for Netflix clone or Hulu …

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