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Nigeria takes on ‘first’ Spanish drama 23 January 2015

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 22 January 2015

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 22 January 2015

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 …

VOD – NOT A THREAT BUT AN OPPORTUNITY 21 January 2015

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 …

Chinese Big Brother for VOD platform 21 January 2015

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 …

Imira launches Xilam toons 21 January 2015

  Spain’s Imira Entertainment has acquired rights to a combined 250 hours of animated programming from French toon studio Xilam Animation. Debuting at NATPE in Miami today are 26x30mins A Kind of Magic, 52x13mins Bali, 270x7mins Oggy & the Cockroaches (pictured) and 195x7mins The Daltons. Imira has Latin American and US Hispanic free TV and VOD rights to …

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,” …

Piksel to acquire shows for OTT players 20 January 2015

OTT TV technology specialist Piksel is branching out into content acquisition for OTT players. Piksel formerly known as KIT Digital will manage all stages of the content acquisition process for new OTT players, including the negotiating and licensing of content rights. The company said the unit would also help media companies that want to deliver targeted content …

TVN and T-Mobile Polska to launch SVOD 19 January 2015

Polish broadcast group TVN has partnered with telecoms provider T-Mobile Polska to jointly launch a new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service for new and existing T-Mobile residential customers. The SVOD service will be called T-Mobile Zone and willlaunch “in the near future” as part of TVN’s existing video-on-demand Player service. T-Mobile Zone within Player will feature, for the …

Starz buys German-born Viking film 19 January 2015

US premium pay channel Starz has acquired all North American rights to a German-produced feature film about a botched Viking invasion of Britain. The network has bought Northmen – A Viking Saga from European indie distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. The deal hands Starz full North American distribution rights, including an exclusive pay TV window for one …

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