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OSN exclusive IPL cricket coverage

OSN, the Indian pay-TV network, will bring viewers the live and exclusive broadcast of the 2015 Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket from April 8th. This network’s subscribers also have the option of watching the IPL action on-the-go on the online TV platform, OSN Play. OSN Play had over 100,000 viewers during the ICC World Cup 2015 and views are […]

Empire coming to E4

E4 will air hit US series Empire in the UK this spring. The hip-hop drama from Fox has become a big ratings success in the US, hitting over 23 million viewers for its final episode, the highest figure for the finale of a show’s debut season since Grey’s Anatomy back in 2005. Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt commented: […]

Startimes Kenya football rights deal


Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has signed a five-year Sh270 million (€2.7m) television rights deal with Startimes for the national team Harambee Stars. The deal which starts later this year will see Startimes take over all television rights for the team until 2019. The deal was initiated by MP Silva, the broadcast rights partners of the federation. According to the new […]

Digital content set for $14bn revenues


Findings from global hi-tech specialist Juniper Research indicate that content paid for via carrier billing will provide operators with more than $14 billion in revenues over the next five years. The new research suite, Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategies 2015-2019, argues that growth will be fuelled by

Lawyer: TVC ruling could enable PSB retrans fees


An entertainment law specialist has suggested that one consequence of the recent Court of Appeal decision that, if successful, would have allowed TVCatchup (TVC) to stream Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) channels on mobile, could be that public service broadcasters (PSBs) would be able to charge retransmission fees. The UK Court of Appeal however referred the cross appeal brought by ITV, […]

Gervais movie exclusive for Netflix

Ricky Gervais’ new movie Special Correspondents will debut exclusively on Netflix in 2016. Gervais wrote and directed the movie, which, according to the synopsis, stars Eric Bana as “a struggling New York-based radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above […]

Sky Deutschland airs HBO same day as US


Sky Deutschland has secured a deal to debut HBO programming in Germany on the same day as its original US broadcast. The agreement takes effect from April 12th with the first episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Sky Deutschland will also run new episodes of HBO series Veep, Silicon Valley and Casual Vacancy alongside their US premiere dates. […]

Fox UK expands content agreements


Fox International Channels has expanded its UK rights agreements with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for 2015 and beyond. American Horror Story: Hotelon , the fifth season of the horror anthology series, will open its doors Fox later this year. Fox will continue to air UK Premiere episodes of American Dad before any other UK channel in its existing life-of-series […]

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 […]

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