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hayu on Samsung TVs

NBCUniversal International (NBCUI) has announced that hayu, the all-reality SVoD service, is now available through Samsung Smart TVs. Reality TV enthusiasts in 27 territories can now watch reality content via the hayu app through Samsung’s in-built application portal. hayu offers over 8,000 episodes of top reality TV content. The service offers extensive choice, with a […]

March 10, 2021

Mars Wrigley & WWE renew long-term partnership

Mars Wrigley and WWE have announced the renewal of their long-standing partnership, making SNICKERS the presenting partner of WrestleMania for the sixth consecutive year, taking place Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The expanded agreement includes multiple pieces of custom video content featuring WWE Superstars showcasing how “out-of-sortsness” can […]

February 19, 2021

hayu launches in 11 additional European countries

hayu, the all-reality, SVoD service from NBCUniversal International, has launched in 11 additional European countries. The multi-territory roll-out comes just as the streaming service prepares to mark its fifth anniversary, having first launched in the UK, Ireland and Australia in March 2016. Launching direct-to-consumer (DTC) on a full array of devices – mobile, tablet, TV […]

February 18, 2021

BBC iPlayer checks into Bate’s Motel

The BBC has acquired all five seasons of Bates Motel from NBCUniversal Global Distribution. The series, which aired between 2013 and 2017, is a prequel tale to Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho and depicts the lives of a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme […]

January 29, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Comcast: “Sky subs back to pre-Covid level”

Comcast has reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31st 2020 and highlighted that Sky across UK, Germany and Italy has added 244,000 accounts in Q4 returning the business to pre-Covid levels. Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast, stated: “Outstanding performance at Cable drove very strong fourth quarter results for our […]

January 28, 2021

Hulu, Peacock to share Modern Family

Disney has announced that hit sitcom Modern Family will be available to both Hulu and Peacock subscribers in the US from February 3rd. As part of the multi-year shared agreement with Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, both Hulu and Peacock will be the dedicated subscription streaming homes to all 11 seasons of Modern Family. It […]

January 27, 2021 honoured with 2020 Emmy, the cloud media processing service, has received a 2020 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its development of Massive Processing Optimised Compression Technologies, utilised by many Fortune 1000 Media & Entertainment companies, broadcasters and cable providers to process their multiscreen video-on-demand workflows. The announcement was […]

January 26, 2021

Peacock gets WWE Network exclusivity in US

Peacock, the US OTT platform owned by NBCUniversal, and WWE have announced a multi-year agreement that gives Peacock exclusive streaming rights to the WWE Network throughout the US. The price of the deal is reportedly $1 billion for five years according to the WSJ. “NBCUniversal has a long-standing relationship with WWE that began nearly 30 […]

January 25, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Sky’s A Discovery of Witches return draws big

The second season of Sky Original A Discovery of Witches transported viewers into the magical world of Elizabethan London when it launched on January 8th. The series launch episode on Sky One achieved a cumulative 7 day audience of 1.79 million, making it Sky’s biggest launch for an original returning series in nearly 9 years. […]

January 25, 2021

Spain: Movistar integrates Universal+

Movistar has reached an agreement with NBC Universal International Networks to integrate Universal+ into its pay-TV platform, as well as carry the Calle 13, Syfy and Dreamworks TV channels on an exclusive basis. The new channels will be available both as linear services and VoD content, marking the first time for Dreamworks to be viewable […]

January 12, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid