Advanced Television


Lionsgate: “Starz spin-off this summer”

Streaming service Starz will definitely be sold this summer, according to a statement from owners Lionsgate – with the financial and other considerations wrapping by the end of the year. Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 and paid some $4.4 billion (€4.09bn) at the time. “We are engaged in a robust and productive process with our […]

May 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

Roku eyes Starz stake

Roku is reportedly considering taking a 20 per cent minority stake in Lionsgate Entertainment’s premium movie service Starz. Roku could team up with private equity operation Apollo Global Management for the acquisition, or potentially dip into its own $2 billion war chest to fund the move. A report from investment bank Berenberg says it believes […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

YouTube adds AVoD TV

YouTube has announced it will now stream free, ad-supported TV content, allowing US viewers to watch full seasons of TV shows – around 4,000 episodes in total – with launch titles including Hell’s Kitchen, Andromeda, Are We There Yet?, Heartland and many more. Users can access these titles and up to 100 new additions each […]

March 23, 2022By Nik Roseveare

iMAG delivers automated HDR LED for Sky Glass

Virtual production and LED hire specialist, iMAG, was approached about Sky Glass’s launch event via freelance production director and multi award winning creative agency INCA’s technical director for the project, Mark Connolly. With the key challenge of deploying a solution that would match Sky Glass’s advanced technology and Sky’s aspirations for the product, this global […]

March 8, 2022

Netherlands: Starzplay on Viaplay

Viaplay and Starz, a Lionsgate company, have agreed a long-term partnership that makes Viaplay a new home to streaming service Starzplay in the Netherlands. All new Starzplay Originals will be available through Viaplay as part of a regular subscription, along with Starzplay’s line-up of films and series from Lionsgate and other major Hollywood studios, when […]

February 25, 2022

BBC Studios, Disney, Sony Pictures join DEGI

The Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI) has announced that BBC Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company, EMEA have become DEGI members, with immediate effect. They join existing members Google, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures & Warner Bros Pictures, in what promises to be another exciting year of growth and transformation for the […]

February 23, 2022

FilmRise appoints Gagliardi

FilmRise, the New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network, has announced the appointment of Daniel Gagliardi as Vice President, Digital Distribution and Business Development. As Vice President of Digital Distribution and Business Development, Gagliardi will spearhead and manage the growth and performance optimisation of FilmRise AVoD and FAST channels in addition to creating […]

January 5, 2022

Lionsgate to spin-off Starz?

A regulatory filing has revealed Lionsgate is looking at spinning off Starz. Though it is only five years since acquiring the business for $4.4 billion (€3.8bn), the board now seems keen to tap into the booming M&A market. Vice chairman Michael Burns said: “While we continue to realise substantial synergies from bringing Lionsgate and Starz together, […]

November 5, 2021

Lionsgate, Redbox distribution deal

Lionsgate and Redbox, the US entertainment company, have announced a multiyear distribution deal under which Lionsgate will handle distribution of Redbox Entertainment titles across home entertainment windows in addition to SVoD licensing for select titles under the Redbox Entertainment brand. Recently released Redbox Entertainment films include Capone (starring Tom Hardy), Shadow in the Cloud (Chloë […]

October 15, 2021

Liberty Global Q2: “Return to growth in core markets”

Liberty Global, the multinational telco, has announced its Q2 2021 financial results. The company posted a quarterly revenue of $3.1 billion (€2.6bn) – an increase of 14.1 per cent year-on-year on a reported basis, and 3.4 per cent on a rebased basis. Despite the rises in revenues and profits, Liberty Global’s overall subscriber growth slowed […]

July 30, 2021