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MGM: A lion in the TV jungle 14 January 2015

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 13 January 2015

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 …

CBS scores FIC Sweden deal 13 January 2015

Fox International Channels Sweden has scored a multi-year programming agreement with the distribution arm of US broadcaster CBS. The deal with CBS Studios International will see CBS show including Madam Secretary and Scorpion (pictured) launch exclusively on new Swedish pay TV channel Fox. Other series included are rerun rights to The Good Wife and Numbers. This includes …

Ukraine’s Digital Screens relaunches OTT 13 January 2015

Ukrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service. The digital TV service has over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue. Its parent, MGU, is of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels. OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and …

Walking Dead feasts on social media 13 January 2015

The Walking Dead generated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. Twitter users are in fact watching just as much, if not more traditional content (i.e. broadcast and cable) as non-users. The most notable differentiator between the two groups is that Twitter …

Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth 13 January 2015

Revenue from electronic home video streaming will surpass discs in 2016. In 2017, digital home video will overtake movie theatres as the largest contributor to US film, hitting  $17 billion. Consumers are going to have more access to channels and more choice as to how they consume media.  Devices will no longer be the blocker,  as desktop, laptop, …

Denmark’s TDC preps on-demand launch 12 January 2015

Danish telco TDC plans to launch a comprehensive transactional video-on-demand and electronic sell-through service using the Blockbuster brand it acquired at the start of 2014, TBI sister title Digital TV Europe has learned. The service will launch in some time, with a much deeper range of titles than originally envisaged. Looking for Enterprise grade VoD & Video …

Netflix buys ITV Studios dramas for Europe 12 January 2015

Netflix has acquired several drama series from ITV Studios Global Entertainment for its services in the Benelux, France and Germany. The US-listed video streaming service has picked up exclusive SVOD rights to five seasons of Irish gangster series Love/Hate which goes out on RTE in Ireland. Netflix has 31.7 million paid subscribers! What are you still waiting …

Laughter track 12 January 2015

The content that people watch on YouTube and other online video streaming platforms, viewing is so driven by comedy. It’s not half-hours, it’s clips, but it’s interesting for the comedy world. Netflix is also opening up opportunities for comedy genre. There is definitely an appetite at the SVOD services to use comedy to reach a young …

Nets accept Sony’s Marry Me proposals 12 January 2015

Broadcasters such as MTG, RTE and OSN have bought American romantic comedy series Marry Me from Sony Pictures Television. MTG has taken rights for its free TV channels and SVOD service, Viaplay, in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, while Ireland’s RTE has picked up the NBC show for RTE2. Marry Me follows a couple that decide to finally …

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