UK Broadband Cos Team With BBC, ITV On YouView
UK broadband companies BT Group Plc and TalkTalk Telecom Group have partnered with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 to form YouView, a TV service that allows consumers to watch movies and shows anytime. BT will begin selling the YouView set-top boxes with speed guarantees next month, Bloomberg reports. The service offers more than 70 digital channels and a seven-day catch-up service for BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Channel 4 shows in the UK. The set-top box can be purchased through a retailer for about $400. Those who sign up through TalkTalk can get the box for free. The devices go on sale at BT on October 26.
Australia’s Quickflix Signs PPV Deal With Starz
Starz Digital Media will provide movies and series to Australian and New Zealand streaming service Quickflix. The deal includes new releases from Anchor Bay Films, Starz original series such as Spartacus and anime content from Manga Entertainment. Earlier this month Quickflix announced PPV deals with Warner Bros. and Disney. This week Quickflix began offering new release movies to Samsung-connected smart TVs and Blu-ray players in Australia – Don Groves.
Aussie ‘The Wedding Party’ Lands U.S. Deal
Australian romantic comedy The Wedding Party has landed a U.S. distribution deal. Directed by first-timer Amanda Jane and starring Josh Lawson, Isabel Lucas, Steve Bisley and Essie Davis, the film will be released theatrically and online by MouseTrap Films and its Film Festival Flix service in early 2013. Lawson plays a financially-strapped guy who is offered $25,000 to marry Anna (Lucas), a Russian immigrant who wants to secure her residency. The film opens in Australia on October 11 via Tait Brady’s new distribution company Label.