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‘Meet The Mormons’ now goes the VoD way, hits iTunes and Amazon Video, Netflix launch also scheduled

Faith-based hit movie ‘Meet The Mormons’, after a highly successful run at the box office culminating in USD 5.8 Million (enormous for a documentary), is now ready to reach out to nearly 100 million digital viewers. iTunes, Amazon, Comcast, Microsoft Xbox, Google Play and Vudu are amongst the major digital distributors. The LDS Church funded movie …

Netflix loosens wallet to fund content, plans to raise USD 1 Billion for debt

In a move to acquire and produce content, Netflix has made up it’s mind to chuck out a billion dollars for long term debt. Netflix noted that the interest rate, maturity date and other terms of the debt will be determined via negotiations with the initial purchasers. As of the end of 2014, Netflix reported $900 million …

IPTV Market set to breach USD 80 Billion ceiling by 2020, says Transparency Market Research

Transparency Market Research in its latest survey on IPTV Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020, believes the market was valued at USD 24.94 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach USD 79.38 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 18.1% from 2014 to 2020. Western Europe …

Southward-bound Netflix and Disney ink deal in Australia

Prior to it’s launch in Australia and New Zealand in March, white label VOD provider Netflix has gone on to join hands with Disney to serve Disney, Walt Disney Animation Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm content to it’s subscribers in these two countries. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed but the …

BBC Worldwide strikes trio of Chile deals

BBC Worldwide has struck three deals with Chilean broadcasters and platforms for its content. Chilean cabler VTR, meanwhile, agreed its first-ever deal with Worldwide. It bought a package of kids content for its SVOD service including preschool series Sarah & Duck. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided by sites like YouTube …

Full seasons for new CBS drama quartet

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 …

Discovery founder preps factual SVOD service

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 …

WOWOW bags Extant exclusive

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, …

MGM: A lion in the TV jungle

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

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 …

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