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BBC Two Buys Aussie Period Drama 31 December 2014

UK broadcaster BBC Two has acquired Australian period drama A Place to Call Home. The deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution hands the BBC channel local rights to the show. In North America, RLJ Entertainment has acquired the first two seasons for its VOD service, Acorn TV, DVD release and distribution on public television stations in syndication. …

Foxtel Service Adds TV series as Netflix Approaches 30 December 2014

Foxtel’s subscription-on-demand service, Presto, will add television series for the first time, as the platform prepares for the impending launch of streaming behemoth Netflix. Currently, Foxtel offers movies on-demand for A$9.99 (US$8.29) a month, but will soon begin charging for a features and television bundle. Launch your own Video-on-Demand (VoD) platform at ZERO CapEx Cost and …

Canada’s Latest OTT Service Buys Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. 30 December 2014

CraveTV, the low-cost Canadian OTT service has acquired US hit drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. All episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are on CraveTV and episodes from the second season will be put up after it has completed its free-to-air run. CraveTV launched this week at a C$4  a month price point, considerably …

SVOD Players Buy Medical Procedural Remedy 30 December 2014

Several SVOD platforms have acquired Canadian medical procedural Remedy. The series, which is produced by Toronto-based Indian Grove and distributed by Red Arrow International, is on Global in Canada. The show looks at hospital life through the eyes of a charismatic orderly and his eccentric. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and Vimeo? Launch …

Amazon Kids Show Lands At Discovery Asia 30 December 2014

Amazon’s original children’s show Annedroids has sold to Discovery Kids Asia. Picture Box Distribution has closed the deal for the Sinking Ship Entertainment show. Science-themed Annedroids launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video earlier this year as one of the three SVOD service’s debut original children’s programmes. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided …

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 …

Best of British SVOD Service Launches in Finland 29 December 2014

Cirkus, the UK content SVOD service, has launched in Finland. The service has launched on the Sonera IPTV platform, which is run by Swedish/Finish telco TeliaSonera. It rolled out this week on the Finnish service and will then launch on the Telia service in Sweden in January. Cirkus is a low-cost SVOD service for pay TV operators …

$1.5m Presales for Zed’s Annihilation 29 December 2014

A doc series that sheds new light on the rise of Hitler has secured US$1.5 million in pre-sales from a variety of broadcasters.  Annihilation will broadcast throughout the world in January to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners at Nazi war camps following deals with distributor Zed. The doc pieces together hundreds …

‘Landmark Deal’ Hands Hulu FX Originals 29 December 2014

US Video streaming service Hulu has scored a multi-year agreement for original productions from cable channel FX and its production sister. The deal hands Hulu upcoming FX Productions series such as comedies Man Seeking Woman and The Comedians, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Roll&Roll, Tomy Hardy BBC co-production Taboo and Fox event show Wayward Pines (pictured) for SVOD distribution. The …

Sony: 2 Million People Have Streamed The Interview 29 December 2014

Over 2 million people have purchased or rented The Interview since it started streaming on December 24th. The Interview raked in $15 million in online sales through Saturday night, which is five times larger than the $2.8 million weekend box office generated by the film’s limited release in 331 independent theatres. Because The Interview was officially released online before it opened in a limited …

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