Hulu’s entry into live streaming will launch within the next few months for less than $40/mo., according to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who also announced the service had reached a deal with CBS for its live content to go along with ABC and Fox.
Missing still is NBCUniversal, which, interestingly, is one of Hulu’s owners.
Iflix, the Netflix wannabe that has gained a toe-hold in some Asia-Pacific countries, is extending its content reach, signing a multi-year programming deal with Pakistan’s entertainment channel Hum TV.
Iflix is set to deploy in Pakistan this year, so the content deal – which includes dramas and other episodic programming – gives it a bit more panache with Pakistani audiences. Included in the deal are shows like Bin Roye, Humsafar and Udaari.
Comcast’s NBCUniversal is hoping to engage Snapchat’s 100 million users with a slate of original episodic content for the messaging app, adding another layer to the original deal with Snapchat is signed in April to show highlights of the Rio Olympics, the first time NBC has allowed distribution of sports highlights outside its own platform.
The new multi-year content and advertising deal is aimed at the same demographic as its Olympics play, Millennials.
Netflix has wrapped up a deal with CBS Studios International giving it exclusive global rights outside the U.S. and Canada to the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise that CBS plans to roll out in January.
AMC International Networks Iberia is partnering with many2many programming service Machinima to launch a gaming, eSports and heros SVOD channel for Spain and Portugal.
The channel will be available via pay TV, smart TVs and iOS/Android apps and feature programming produced by Machinima, including Street Fighter: Resurrection, eSports reality show Training Camp and the forthcoming Transformers: The Combiner Wars.
NBCUniversal, looking for new ways to reach younger consumers with its content, has signed a deal with Snapchat giving the social media website access to highlights from the Summer Olympics from Rio. Snapchat will post content inside its Discover section and, in addition to sports action from the event, also will use content from athletes and attendees to create additional content.
SVOD service Hulu has signed a wide-ranging content deal with Time Warner subsidiary Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, giving it exclusive streaming rights to a pair of new shows, NBC’s Blindspot and Fox’s Lucifer.
Episodes will premiere on Hulu following their network airings.
Verizon and Hearst are partnering in a joint venture aimed at delivering more Millennial-friendly content to Verizon’s nascent Go90 video service.
DreamWorks Animation has added another partner in APAC, Singapore operator StarHub is adding the DWA channel to its pay-TV service and its on-demand option.
DWA last year deployed in Thailand and Malaysia.
The DreamWorks Channel is set to launch March 3, and will be available in HD and include English and Mandarin language options.
Hong Kong Broadband Network is partnering with broadcaster TVB to introduce a bundle of services combining high-speed home Broadband with TVB’s soon-to-be launched myTV SUPER, an over-the-top content service.
Verizon has cut a deal with Sony to get content for its go90 mobile video service, reportedly is in the midst of negotiations for content from Hearst, and now has announced it’s bringing live and on-demand championship boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, mixed martial arts, news, reality, documentary and original fight-related content.
The telco and media company CSI Sports, which owns Fight Sports, announced the deal today.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation will expand their current multi-year deal to include a several new original family series as well as on-demand rights to the DreamWorks Animation film library.
Terms of the deal – which excludes distribution in China – were not announced.