Viki makes Spanish push, signs Netflix, Latin American deals

Viki has launched a Spanish-language service and inked a telenovela deal with Netflix and Colombia’s Caracol. Viki is a an online video site that crowd sources subtitling activity to create localised versions of scripted content. Thus far the focus has largely been on reversioning Asian-originated content. The Spanish language service is focused on viewers in […]

Netflix signs exclusive deal with Fox

Netflix has inked a deal with Fox for Zooey Deschanel comedy series New Girl. The US-only agreement gives the over the top service exclusive rights to the series and it has made the first season of the show available to its member from today. Subsequent seasons will be launched later. The series stretches to two […]

Netflix orders more original drama

Streaming service Netflix has given the go-ahead to a second season of Orange is the New Black, the Jenji Kohan-created series about a female Brooklynite imprisoned for drugs offences. The first season of the show is set to launch across all territories where Netflix operates – the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America and […]

RTL Netherlands to expand VOD offering

RTL Netherlands is planning to expand its VOD service RTL XL with more movies and series in a bid to take on Netflix, which is due to launch in the country later this year.  RTL Netherlands’ managing director of digital media, Arno Otto said that it aims to add content that has not been on […]

Moody’s positive on Netflix programming costs risk

Moody’s says Netflix is successfully managing the risk of increased programming costs with a more selective approach to acquiring content. The influential credit ratings agency issued a report on Netflix in the wake of the US-listed streaming service announced its largest ever original content deal, with DreamWorks, which spans 300 hours of new kids and […]

Netflix commissions second season of original

Online video-on-demand subscription service Netflix has commissioned a second season of horror series Hemlock Grove, one of the original series in which it has recently invested. The show, executive produced by Eli Roth, will return to Netflix next year. Charles Eglee (The Walking Dead, Dexter, The Shield) will join the second season as executive producer. […]

Netflix announces Netherlands launch

Netflix is set to launch in the Netherlands later this year in the latest stage of its European expansion efforts, the firm has announced.  Netflix said that, like elsewhere, Netherlands subscribers will be able to access Hollywood, local and global TV series and films, including Netflix Original Series like House of Cards and Arrested Development […]

Netflix signs biggest deal to date with DreamWorks

Netflix says that its new deal for original programming from DreamWorks is its largest yet and will cover 300 hours of new programming. The streaming service and animation studio already had a programming deal in place with Dreamworks for Turbo: F.A.S.T., a TV spin-off from upcoming DreamWorks animated movie Turbo. The new deal will see […]

Netflix not infringing Rovi patents, judge rules

Netflix has been found innocent of infringing patents for interactive programming guides owned by TV technology company Rovi by a US judge. Santa Clara-based Rovi has brought cases against several rival companies over itson-screen TV guides and has already made settlements with the likes of TV maker LG Electronics and Mitsubishi. The firm is seeking […]

Netflix’s Arrested Development launch ‘beats’ House of Cards

Internet traffic data for Netflix users suggests that 10% of Netflix viewers that started watching its new version of Arrested Development at launch had made it to the final, fifteenth, episode by May 27, a day after launch. Netflix does not release any viewing numbers for its content, but the analytics division of US technology […]