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Starz confirms global SVOD service for 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

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

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 …

Disney’s Maker studios strikes Vimeo deal

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

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 …

FCCE reveals ‘world’s first African superhero’

Holland-based distributor FCCE has taken a series that’s billed as starring “the world’s first mainstream African-based superhero” to Discop Africa. The FCCE exec added that: “With the huge success of drama series at free-to-air channels, digital channels and VOD platforms like Netflix we automatically see a growing demand for high quality drama series. In our constant …

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Chinese video platform takes Voice Kids rights

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has acquired rights to remake John de Mol’s format The Voice Kids. This is the second major international format de Mol created that Youku Tudou is remaking, after it took rights to make a Chinese version of Endemol’s flagship showBig Brother. The Tudou division of the on-demand business will oversee the …

TVN buys Seven, Channel 5 shows

Poland’s TVN has acquired programmes including Seven Network’sWorld’s Richest Dogs from distributor TCB Rights. Other newly-announced TCB deals include a 33-hour VOD deal with Krakow-based Grupa Onet and a series of programme sales to AMC Networks Europe.Czech Republic’s FTV Prima has bought a 20-hour package. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and …

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