Category archives for: Rights

Nickelodeon VoD exclusive on Viaplay


MTG’s Viaplay has secured the exclusive stand-alone VoD rights to programming from children’s entertainment brand Nickelodeon in the Nordic region until 2020. Effective immediately, all Viaplay subscribers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland will have exclusive access to animations and live action series from Viacom’s Nickelodeon. Top titles include all seasons of kids’ animated favourites Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants […]

Virgin Media seeks Premier League rights review


UK quad-play operator Virgin Media has asked UK comms regulator Ofcom to open a formal investigation under the Competition Act 1998 into the arrangements by which the FA Premier League sells live UK television rights to its games. Virgin Media considers that significant consumer harm resulting from escalating rights costs can be addressed by targeted changes to the way in […]

BBC Store for Q2 2015

Describing it as a “massive opportunity” to grow Electronic Sell Through (EST), Marcus Arthur, President of UK and ANZ, BBC Worldwide, has confirmed that BBC Store, the Corporation’s planned online commercial service for audiences to buy and keep BBC programmes, is set for launch in the second quarter of 2015. BBC Store will allow users to buy new programmes and […]

Sony’s Singh: ‘Piracy a continuing concern’

Man Jit Singh, President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, has admitted that content piracy continues to be an area of concern for the company’s operations. Delivering a keynote speech at the PEVE Entertainment Business Futures 2014 Conference in London, Singh noted that in certain markets such as Asia and Europe, piracy levels were three times higher than the US. “We all […]

Eurosport gets MotoGP in Netherlands, Belgium


Eurosport has acquired the exclusive TV and digital rights for MotoGP in the Netherlands as well as pay-TV and digital rights in Belgium for four seasons, running from 2015 to 2018. All rights are exclusive for Eurosport in Belgium regarding the Dutch language for the 2016 to 2018 seasons. The deal with Dorna Sports provides live rights in HD for […]

AMC F1 rights for Czech Republic, Slovakia


AMC Networks International – Central Europe, which operates Sport1 and Sport2, has reached a 3 year exclusive deal, commencing March 2015, to broadcast all Formula 1 races in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The deal covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 F1 seasons and will see Sport1 and Sport2 show live coverage of all races and qualifying sessions of the […]

Google hits back at News Corp piracy jibes

Google has responded to News Corp’s open letter to the European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia in which News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson branded the company a “platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks”. Writing for Google’s Europe Blog, Rachel Whetstone, SVP Global Communications, offers the company’s views on the Internet and society in a ‘Dear Rupert’ open […]

Creative Future welcomes content availability study

Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of Creative Future, the grass-roots coalition which unites those who value American creativity and innovation in the fight against content theft, has welcomed publication of a study from KPMG – Film and TV Title Availability in the Digital Age – which reveals that the vast majority of the most popular films and television shows are actually […]

‘Transparent’ available for binge-watching

Amazon has confirmed that all 10 episodes of the critically-acclaimed dark comedy series Transparent are now available for Prime Instant Video customers in the UK, US and Germany. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), Transparent follows the Pfeffermans—a […]

Report: Most top movies, TV shows available legally online

Largely debunking the argument that online piracy is driven by the lack of availability of top movie and TV titles, a study carried out by consultancy firm KPMG on behalf of NBCUniversal looking at the availability of the most popular and critically acclaimed film and TV titles on legal digital streaming and download services has found that relatively high proportions […]

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