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Stan nabs Amazon series, launches ahead of Netflix 29 January 2015

Stan has become the latest subscription video-on-demand service to roll out in Australia, beating streaming heavyweight Netflix, which will launch in the territory later this year. The new service is a joint venture between free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network and Fairfax Media. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video Streaming Platform to launch your own VoD Site? …

Amazon buys kids package from FremantleMedia 29 January 2015

Amazon has acquired a package of seven kids and family titles from Fremantle Media for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. The SVOD player has bought Kate & Mim-Mim(pictured), children’s seriesTeam Toon, Alien Dawn,Really Me, The Aquabats Supershow! And Monsuno from FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided …

Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV 29 January 2015

British drama is currently the toast of Los Angeles and New York, with shows like The Missing from the BBC and Starz and ITV’s Grantchester launching recently to great critical acclaim, following on from the success of Broadchurch. The major cable channels backing of original UK drama is big news – whether it’s in the original British …

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 …

Online retailer readies Amazon OTT challenger 22 January 2015

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, …

Full seasons for new CBS drama quartet 21 January 2015

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 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 …

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,” …

Starz confirms global SVOD service for 2015 20 January 2015

US premium cable net Starz will launch its planned international subscription on-demand service next year, with initial investment in the project totalling around US$20 million. Premium cable rival HBO has already confirmed it will launch a standalone OTT service. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video Streaming Platform to launch your own VoD Site? Muvi SDK …

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 …

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