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Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during a keynote address at an FDA event for the UK film industry in London. Puttnam […]

Netflix mulls anti-VPN global content

Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested that introducing global content will disincentivise would-be subscribers from using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access different versions of the service. Speaking to Gizmodo Australia – in a territory where it has been suggested there are are as many as 200,000 ‘subscribers’, despite there being no operation there prior to its anticipated 2015 launch […]

Eurosport acquires England v Italy match


Eurosport has acquired the live exclusive rights of tonight’s (March 31st) Italy v England friendly football match across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The friendly, which will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, will be broadcast exclusively in 33 countries in Europe including Northern, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as France, Germany and the Netherlands. Eurosport will also broadcast […]

Spike UK adds Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy


Spike, the new free-to-view TV channel that launches in the UK homes on April 15th, has revealed further content deals after last week confirming it had acquired the rights to all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad. Spike has now added popular US dramas The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and Justified to its slate of content, as well as acquiring […]

Family Guy heads to ITV


ITV has acquired the rights to hit US animated sitcom Family Guy, one of the most popular programmes on BBC3. The new series of the Seth MacFarlane creation will air exclusively on ITV2 when it returns in the autumn, along with other MacFarlane shows, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show and new series Bordertown. ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: […]

NBC Universo, Telemundo acquire FIFA event rights

Scolari and Neymar reflect on Brazil's Confederations Cup victory - video

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and NBC Universo, the official broadcaster for Spanish-language of the FIFA World Cup in the US across all video platforms, announced details of their plans to telecast four 2015 FIFA football Events. Both networks will deliver to sports fans throughout the US an unprecedented 560 hours of football action in 2015. The extensive coverage will include 344 hours […]

AMC Networks announces new acquisitions for Sundance Channel

AMC Networks International has acquired a wide range of first run original series and miniseries to fuel growth across Sundance Channel Global’s linear and authenticated video-on-demand (VOD) and television everywhere (TVE) services. The announcement was made by Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. The second season of the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel original series “The Red […]

Hulu acquires Empire rights 


US streaming site Hulu has acquired the exclusive SVoD rights for hip-hop drama Empire via a deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV. All episodes from the first season were already available on the service, but with the new deal all future episodes will now be exclusively hosted on the site. The show’s first season finale attracted 16.5 million US viewers […]

Spike TV UK launch with Breaking Bad


Viacom’s Spike TV has acquired critically-acclaimed US drama Breaking Bad ahead of its launch next month. It marks the first time all five seasons of the AMC drama will be broadcast on UK television. Spike TV has also ordered its first UK commission. Tattoo UK will be a localised versions of US reality series Tattoo Nightmares. It will be made […]

Sky ups prices, market worried

Sky is unexpectedly increasing its subscriber prices in the UK. Normally any price rise happens in September but the hike comes just 6 weeks after the broadcaster agreed to pay the Premier League £4.2 billion for a share of the TV rights. The all-important ‘sports’ bundle will cost an extra £1 (to £47) a month, while the ‘family’ package rises […]

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