‘Copper’ Will Make UK Debut Streaming On LoveFilm
LoveFilm has acquired UK rights to Cineflix series Copper. The series follows Vikings as the second to debut in the UK exclusively via the streaming service, bypassing traditional broadcasters. Netflix competitor LoveFilm will make the show available for streaming starting Friday. Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid and Anastasia Griffith star in the period police drama co-created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Copper airs on BBC America in the U.S.
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‘Copper’ Will Make UK Debut Streaming On LoveFilm
On the heels of its recent deal for Viacom TV content, Amazon-owned LoveFilm has struck a new pact with Warner Bros International Television Distribution. The deal will give Netflix competitor LoveFilm a library of hundreds of hours of animated content that includes Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Thundercats. LoveFilm previously pacted with WBITD for live-action library content.
LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, today announced the arrival of hundreds of hours of popular reality TV series, comedy and children’s entertainment on the LOVEFiLM Instant streaming service following a deal with worldwide entertainment leader Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). The wide selection of new shows will allow members of LOVEFiLM Instant in the UK to experience some of the greatest entertainment from across VIMN’s exciting broadcast portfolio – which includes MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central.
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Zurich, San Sebastian Film Festivals Opening Windows On Each Other
The Zurich and San Sebastian Film Festivals are creating a unique partnership for their upcoming editions, which run almost simultaneously. Zurich will open a San Sebastian Window, which will offer insight into contemporary Spanish cinema by showcasing entries from the different sections of San Sebastian’s program. In turn, a Zurich Window will enhance the San Sebastian program with contributions from German-speaking countries, particularly Switzerland. The parties intend to strengthen their alliance in the coming years. Zurich runs Sept 26-Oct 6, and San Sebastian is September 20-28.
CBS Studios Fare To Stream in UK, Germany Via LoveFilm
Amazon’s LoveFilm has singed a multiyear licensing deal with CBS Studios International to bring content from the group to the UK and Germany. Subscribers will be able to stream network TV series including The Good Wife and Blue Bloods as well as Showtime programming such as Nurse Jackie, Californication and Dexter. The original 1960s Star Trek series and and Star Trek: Voyager also will be available.
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France’s Éclair Group Raises $16.6M Digital Switch, Development
Here’s some good news for France’s troubled postproduction sector. The Éclair Group has raised €12.4M ($16.6M) to complete its digital transition and speed up development across all of its businesses. The recapitalization was financed by the company’s current management, France’s Fonds de Consolidation et Développement des Entreprises, and by Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications. (Ben Ammar had acquired 43% of Éclair back in 2007 and was keen to merge it with his LTC Laboratories but was blocked by the competition authority at the time.) Éclair will also use the funds to strengthen its restoration business and to equip French cinemas in partnership with Deluxe and HP.
OWN Programming Heading Down Under
OWN and Discovery Networks International are planning a weekly block of OWN programming for Discovery Home & Health in Australia. Starting August 4, Aussie viewers will have access to shows that include Oprah’s Next Chapter, Super Soul Sunday, America With Lisa Ling and The Oprah Winfrey Show: Behind The Scenes. The Australia bow will follow the recent UK launch of OWN programming on TLC.
In the company’s first such deal, Amazon-owned LoveFilm has acquired exclusive streaming rights to History‘s Vikings for the UK and Germany. The Netflix rival will make all nine episodes of the hit show available via LoveFilm Instant in the UK on May 24 and in Germany on June 15. Vikings, handled internationally by MGM Television, is the No. 1 new cable series of the year in the U.S. and was renewed for a second season in April. This marks the first time LoveFilm has pacted for a series to stream on the service ahead of traditional broadcast television. Amazon Studios recently used the platform for its pilot screening process, making a slate of 14 pilots available on Amazon Instant Video, LoveFilm UK and LoveFilm Germany.
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Lovefilm & Warner Bros Strike UK Deal
Netflix competitor Lovefilm has entered what it calls a “milestone” deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the UK. From today, library content that includes The West Wing, One Tree Hill, Nip Tuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be available to subscribers. The Amazon-owned streaming service has 2M+ subscribers across Europe. Netflix entered the market in January 2012 where Sky also continues to build its business. The three companies each have deals with the major U.S. studios. In November, Netflix signed its own multi-year pact with WBITD that included shows like The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl.
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NBCUniversal Inks TV Series Deal With Lovefilm
Amazon’s European service LoveFilm has secured an agreement with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution to deliver audiences on-demand access to hundreds of episodes of iconic American TV. Deal includes recent and library titles including comedies like the U.S. version of The Office starring Steve Carrell and 30 Rock starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Deal also includes NBCU science fiction dramas like Heroes as well as David Hasselhoff’s 1980s cult TV classic Knight Rider. Lovefilm’s latest major studio deal follows agreements with ABC, BBC and ITV.
Stepping up its competition with Netflix, Amazon’s Lovefilm has entered a new subscription VOD deal with Miramax for the UK and Germany. The pact starts this summer and follows a recent streaming agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The company also has deals in place with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, eOne, Studiocanal, Disney, ABC, the BBC and ITV. It operates in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Norway. In the UK, Lovefilm competes directly with Netflix, which launched in January with output from Disney, Fox, NBCU, Paramount and Miramax among others. Among the library titles included in the Lovefilm/Miramax deal are Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill pictures.
Amazon-owned Lovefilm has entered a multi-year streaming deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for recent and upcoming movies and TV series. Subscription service Lovefilm, which operates in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Norway, also has agreements in place with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, eOne, Studiocanal, Disney, ABC, the BBC and ITV. The first feature titles available via the pact will roll out in March next year and will begin with Fox films originally released in the UK in 2011. Fox TV titles will become available next month and will include early seasons of Sons Of Anarchy and all seasons of 24, Prison Break, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Lovefilm rival Netflix launched in the UK in January with deals in place with such content providers as Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, the BBC, NBCUniversal, Sony, Disney, MGM and Miramax.
LoveFilm raises the stakes this morning in its battle with Netflix to dominate the UK streaming market. The Amazon-owned service says it has an exclusive multiyear license with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for Universal Studios titles in the second pay window — which typically begins more than a year after a film first appears in theaters. The deal will provide LoveFilm with titles including It’s Complicated, Nanny McPhee Returns, Leap Year, Green Zone, The Wolfman, Fast And Furious 5, Bridesmaids, Snow White and the Huntsman, Bourne Legacy, Dr Seuss’ The Lorax and Safe House. LoveFilm also has rights to films from Disney, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Entertainment One and STUDIOCANAL. The goal is “to deliver the widest choice of content on as many platforms as possible,” says LoveFilm’s Jim Buckle. Its videos can be streamed to more than 175 devices including PCs, Macs, Playstation3, Xbox 360, iPads, and Internet-connected TV sets and Blu-ray players.
The government body is expanding on its existing investigation into whether BSkyB’s deals with major Hollywood studios give it too much power in pay TV, The Guardian reports. Regulators have already provisionally determined that those deals are too restrictive and need to be changed to promote competition. But today they said that they would extend their review to July to consider whether the recently launched streaming services there from Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm change the business dynamic. BSkyB says it plans to introduce its own Web streaming service called Sky Movies. “We recognised in our provisional findings that, were developments in the market to occur, it would be necessary to take them into account before reaching our final views,” the Commission said. Specifically, it asked for comments on whether the Netflix and LoveFilm can be considered a “substitute for traditional pay-TV services and Sky Movies.” It also wants to know whether, with the streaming services in the market, Sky Movies and pay TV are “likely to remain as significant to consumers in choosing their pay-TV retailer.”
Amazon’s UK service, which competes with Netflix, lands previous seasons of series including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Happy Endings, and Grey’s Anatomy. Additional shows will be offered as full seasons after they’ve run on UK pay or free TV. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms. Here’s the release:
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, has partnered with Disney UK in a deal that will give LOVEFiLM members access to full seasons of some of the most iconic American television series ever created.
The branded subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, ABC TV On Demand, will offer LOVEFiLM members on-demand streaming access to ABC Studios’ library of hit network and cable series.
From this month popular series such as Castle, starring Nathan Fillion, as well as all six seasons of Lost, ranked by critics as one of the top US TV series of all time will be available to LOVEFiLM members with streaming packages.
Amazon’s LoveFilm, the European VOD subscription service, has announced new streaming deals with BBC Worldwide and ITV. The BBC agreement will provide digital access to such shows as Doctor Who, Life On Mars and spy drama Spooks. As for the renewed pact with ITV, it covers the network’s library as well as a selection of recent shows. It also adds further premium TV content to the LoveFilm Instant service. News of the deals comes on the same day as a TBI report said LoveFilm rival Netflix is understood to have lined up TV and film programming from Hollywood studios including Disney, Fox, Paramount and Sony. LoveFilm and Netflix have recently been waging a war of one-upmanship as Netflix gets ready to launch in the UK and Ireland early this year. LoveFilm already has deals in place with Entertainment One, Disney, Lionsgate, Momentum, Sony Pictures, StudioCanal and Warner Bros. Netflix has entered arrangements with Lionsgate, Miramax, MGM and BBC Worldwide. It has been reported that Netflix is also in talks with ITV, although there have been rumblings that a deal would not include first-run shows like Downton Abbey.
This should make things more interesting ahead of the early 2012 launch of Netflix’s UK video streaming service. Sony Pictures has agreed to supply Amazon’s LOVEFiLM service with exclusive access to movies including The Social Network and Salt, and animated children’s shows such as Transformers and The Karate Kid. They offer few details but call this a “major multi-year” deal and a “milestone agreement.” Amazon’s service also is licensing content from Warner Bros, Entertainment One, StudioCanal, Disney, Momentum and Lionsgate. Here’s the release:
SEATTLE– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, and Sony Pictures Television have signed a major multi-year content deal giving LOVEFiLM members exclusive streaming access to new and forthcoming Sony Pictures titles during the second subscription pay TV window, as well as catalog titles and TV series, from June 2012.
LONDON and BURBANK, Calif. 17th November 2011: Warner Bros. has signed a major film distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM it was announced today by Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain and Simon Calver, Chief Executive, LOVEFiLM.
The multi-year, multi-layered pact offers consumers wider choice and more access to Warner Bros. content across a range of options. The deal spans LOVEFiLM’s digital subscription, download to own and pay per view services, as well as Warner Bros.’ branded SVOD service WarnerFilms.
An exclusive second window subscription pay TV deal will see Warner Bros.’ recent and forthcoming film releases added to LOVEFiLM’s Watch Online service through the LOVEFiLM Player, either on the PC or accessible via Sony PlayStation®3, Apple iPad, a growing number of web-enabled TV sets and Blu-ray players, and later this year Microsoft Xbox 360.
The British equivalent of Netflix will add 100s of MGM titles to its online streaming service. Lovefilm has 1.4 million subscribers – all of whom have access to streamed movies as part of their membership — making it the third-largest UK subscription movie service after Sky and Virgin Media. There are 5,000 titles available to watch over the internet, compared to over 67,000 on DVD. Lovefilm hopes to double the number of streamed titles to 10,000 available by Christmas – half the number currently available stateside on Netflix. It originally thought that download-to-own (DTO) was the way to go, launching its DTO service in April 2006 with King Kong. Instead, the BBC’s on-demand catch-up service the iPlayer attuned customers to streaming.
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BSkyB Opens Its Sky Store Rentals To All Broadband Users
BSkyB set a challenge today to streaming providers in the UK such as Netflix and LoveFilm by announcing it has opened its Sky Store movie rental service to anyone with a broadband connection. The service does not require a Sky subscription, meaning all users in the UK and the Republic of Ireland will have access. Sky, which is controlled by 21st Century Fox, says new films including Man Of Steel and Despicable Me 2 are available from today with other fresh titles available at the same time as they drop on DVD. Those will rent for £3.49 ($5.70) each. Library titles will go for 99p-£1.99. There are already about 1,200 movies online which can be streamed through SkyStore.com, or via NOW TV, Roku and YouView. Sky’s had success with renting movies to its existing customers with 2.1 million rentals in the third quarter.
Report: Netflix Mulls Expansion Into France
Netflix has been a long time coming to France, Europe’s third-largest market, but is the tide about to turn? According to Reuters, executives from Netflix met with the staff of French President François Hollande this week to discuss the move. Netflix is available in 41 countries including France’s neighbors to the north such as the UK, the Netherlands and the Nordic region. A French launch has been rumored over the years, but moving into the fiercely protected territory is ornery for the streaming service given a complex film-windows chronology. There is no such protection for TV series, but many U.S. shows air as much as a year later than they do in the U.S. on traditional networks like TF1. TF1 has a VOD service that offers first-run U.S. series on a one-day delay and pay-TV leader Canal Plus airs first-run series within a few days; it even launched a new channel this year on which to showcase them. But movies are hampered by rules that prohibit films from appearing on monthly SVOD services until three years after a theatrical release. Rentals via a set-top box are permissible four months after theatrical. The windows issue has long been a thorny one in France, with industry opinions divided, but discussions are ongoing. A Hollande rep told Reuters, “Netflix wanted information about the legal conditions that would affect its potential arrival in France.”
The e-retailer’s stock is poised to hit a 52-week high tomorrow based on post-market trading +5.2%. Amazon says it had a net loss of $41M in Q3, an 85% improvement from the period last year, on revenues of $17.09B, +23.8%. That number beat analyst forecasts for $16.76B. The net loss of 9 cents a share matches the consensus prediction. Domestic media sales were strong, rising 17.8% to $2.6B, although international was up just 1.6% to $2.4B. Excluding the impact of exchange rates, international media would have been +9%. Electronics and other general merchandise sales grew 33% in North America to $6.7B, and 23.4% abroad to $4.3B. CEO Jeff Bezos touted Amazon’s decision to greenlight pilots for six kids shows, and three half-hour shows. Amazon Prime and LoveFilm customers will be able to watch them and help decide which ones should become full-fledged series. He also said that the company’s new Paperwhite and Kindle Fire models were introduced “to positive reviews” — with response times for the new tablet’s Mayday button, a call for personal help, averaging 11 seconds.