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Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Oct 20 2016 7:15 AM

Following years of being kept at arms-length by Hollywood studios and broadcasters, Google is one giant step closer to launching its expected Cloud TV service after getting CBS to agree to supply programming. Reports also say that all three of the remaining Big 4 broadcasters getting closer to deals.

NBCU arrives on iflix; will American content attract APAC viewers?
APAC, SVOD, OTT
NBCU arrives on iflix; will American content attract APAC viewers?
Jun 10 2016 10:00 AM

The battle for subscribers to online video services in Southeast Asia picked up some steam this week with a multi-year content deal between startup Netflix wannabe iflix and NBCUniversal International Distribution.

The agreement delivers hundreds of hours of television programming from NBCU’s portfolio, including nearly two-dozen first-run TV shows and popular catalog titles. Among the titles are

Germany’s Bundesliga scores $5.26B rights deal, 85% more than previous pact
EMEA, Sports, Content Deals
Germany’s Bundesliga scores $5.26B rights deal, 85% more than previous pact
Jun 09 2016 9:00 AM

Rights to live sporting events continue to inflate the price tag for content. The latest deal ­– for Germany’s Bundesliga soccer league – netted $5.26 billion for rights that include multiple platforms.

Bundesliga made sure no broadcaster got a monopoly on live rights for the next four seasons, divvying them up between Sky Deutschland, Discovery’s Eurosport , German public broadcasters ZDF and ARD, and online streaming platform Perform.

NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Content Deals, Sports, Live Streaming
NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Feb 02 2016 5:15 AM

CBS and NBC will each televise five Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and pay a lot more for the privilege. What entity will get the rights to stream 10 of the Thursday night games has yet to be announced, but is expected to come soon as the NFL said it’s in the middle of “active discussions with potential digital partners.”

HBO makes Spain the next skirmish in its battle for SVOD world domination
EMEA, Cloud TV, SVOD
HBO makes Spain the next skirmish in its battle for SVOD world domination
Jan 19 2016 12:00 PM

Spain has one of the highest rates of broadband-only households in the world; although nearly three-quarters of all households have a broadband connection, just more than half of them subscriber to a pay-TV service.

That huge population of cord cutters and cord nevers makes Spain a significant outlier among its EU fellows, but also a major prize for OTT and SVOD companies.

Netflix’s Sarandos: Not selling content to SVOD outlets ‘foolish,’ costly misstep
SVOD, Content Deals
Netflix’s Sarandos: Not selling content to SVOD outlets ‘foolish,’ costly misstep
Dec 07 2015 1:00 PM

Will content owners like Time Warner really ever cut Netflix off at the programming spigot?

Not likely, said Netflix Chief of Content Ted Sarandos, who Monday told an audience at the Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that doing so would cost content owners billions.

“What you’re seeing is a fundamental change in audience behavior,” he said, in answer to a question. “And, it’s a SVOD shift, not just a Netflix shift.”

Netflix gains ‘only’ 3.62M subs; eyes news programming, China and more,
SVOD, Netflix
Netflix adds ‘only’ 3.62M subs in Q3; eyes news programming, China and Vice
Oct 14 2015 5:15 PM

The sky still isn’t falling for Netflix, although its stock price took a wicked tumble of some 10% in the minutes following its Q3 earnings release, before bouncing back to trade 3% lower after hours.

Amazon scores coup, ties up CBS summer series through 2018
Content Deals, SVOD
Amazon scores coup, ties up CBS summer series through 2018
Oct 01 2015 11:30 AM

Amazon Prime Instant Video and CBS continue to build on their, um, unique relationship, with Amazon scoring a coup, of sorts, for CBS summer series (think Under the Dome) through 2018.

As it has with Dome and Extant, Amazon will be allowed to stream the new series just a few days after broadcast at no additional charge to their membership.

The initial series, BrainDead, is a comic-thriller scheduled to debut in summer 2016. 

NBA busts its NBA League Pass bundle to offer single games, teams
Sports, Live Streaming, Mobile
NBA busts its NBA League Pass bundle to offer single games, teams
Jun 17 2015 6:00 AM

Pro basketball fans will be able to purchase single game or season-long passes for individual teams out-of-market in the 2015-16 NBA season.

The move by the NBA gives fans new options to the existing streaming bundle – the NBA League Pass – that requires users to buy a full season or a package that included up to five teams.

Suddenlink joins the Hulu party
SVOD, Pay TV
Suddenlink joins the Hulu party
May 27 2015 1:00 PM

Is Suddenlink the new face of pay-TV? An ever-expanding OTT offering bolstered by the networks and a decreasing lineup of cable networks?

Maybe.

The company today announced it had joined an increasing lineup of pay-TV operators that have reached a deal with Hulu, looking to add more perceived value to their video service… while at the same time trimming content costs (see below).

  With ESPN suing, CBS Sports willingly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Pay TV, Content Deals
With ESPN suing, CBS Sports eagerly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Apr 27 2015 12:30 PM

ESPN may have dropped a breech of contract lawsuit on Verizon after the telco launched its “Custom TV” skinny bundle that moved the sportsnet off the basic tier, but not every sports network is looking askance at the new $55 a month deal.

ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Pay TV, Sports, Content Deals
ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Apr 27 2015 9:45 AM

Disney has decided to play hardball with Verizon for offering its ESPN cable channel as an add-on to its new Custom TV FiOS package rather than as part of its basic tier. This morning ESPN filed a lawsuit alleging breech of contract.

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