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Amazon to rival Netflix with original movies 21 January 2015

Amazon Studios is to begin to produce and acquire original movies for early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The move comes soon after Netflix promised to shake up the “antiquated” movie distribution model by producing and debuting its own films. Amazon noted theatrical releases typically took between 39 and 52 weeks to premiere on SVOD …

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 …

Shomi opens Notebook, Blacklist 20 January 2015

Canadian subscription on-demand service Shomi has acquired NBC’s big hitter The Blacklist and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted miniseries The Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories. It has already acquired exclusive rights to The CW’s zombie teen drama iZombie and premium shows such as Power and Survivor’s Remorse from Starz and is co-producing a drama with rival SVOD service …

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 …

Disney’s Maker studios strikes Vimeo deal 19 January 2015

Disney-owned multichannel network Maker Studios has signed a deal to with Vimeo to debut content exclusively on the video site.  Under the deal, Maker Studios, which has a longstanding relationship with YouTube, will also use the Vimeo on Demand platform to distribute content made by a select number of its creators. This content will be available …

Sky strikes Now TV deal with Vodafone 16 January 2015

UK pay TV operator BSkyB is making on-demand service Now TV available to Vodafone Red 4G customers in its first deal for the over-the-top video service with a UK mobile network. Vodafone customers signing up to pay-monthly Red 4G plans will get a Now TV Entertainment Pass, free of charge and for the length of their contract. This …

Nine’s SVOD service to launch with Better Call Saul 16 January 2015

Nine Network’s upcoming A$100 million (US$86.7 million) SVOD service will launch in the new year, with the acquisition of Breaking Badspin-off Better Call Saul in the bag. Australia has few SVOD options, which has lead to many consumers illegally accessing overseas versions of Netflix in order to binge-watch programming. The A$10 a month Stan will now …

Calemzuk forms Rampante, teams with Time 16 January 2015

Former Fox and Shine boss Emiliano Calemzuk has created a new content company, Rampante, and teamed up with publishing group Time Inc. to form a new production company. The new prodco will make video content for a new multiplatform library and will also help Time distribute its video content. Time Inc. brands include Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, …

Big-screen to small-screen 16 January 2015

Amid what is described as the ‘Golden Age’ of TV drama there is an increasing trend to look to feature films for small-screen inspiration. The current trend is being driven by a number of factors, first and foremost the boom in demand for original programming from cable channels and SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon. For SVOD …

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