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Netflix launches on BT in the UK

BT has entered into a partnership with Netflix to make the streaming VOD service available direct to its TV customers. “We have entered into a partnership with Netflix that will allow our customers to sign up for Netflix alongside our other products and services, with the added convenience of paying on one bill directly through BT,” …

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 …

TVN and T-Mobile Polska to launch SVOD

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 …

Starz buys German-born Viking film

US premium pay channel Starz has acquired all North American rights to a German-produced feature film about a botched Viking invasion of Britain. The network has bought Northmen – A Viking Saga from European indie distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. The deal hands Starz full North American distribution rights, including an exclusive pay TV window for one …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Nine’s SVOD service to launch with Better Call Saul

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 …

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