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Hulu board talking to potential buyers

The board of US video-on-demand site Hulu has held discussions with a number of potential buyers in an effort to establish their interest in acquiring the site, according to US press reports.  The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported that News Corp and Walt Disney – Hulu’s joint owners along with Comcast – were […]

Spotify reportedly eyeing video service launch

Music streaming service is rumoured to be planning to launch an on-demand video service to compete with the likes of Netflix.  According to Business Insider Australia, which cites unnamed sources, the firm is interested in funding and creating exclusive video content competing in the video space alongside other online players. In September Danish broadcaster TV2 […]

Amazon and Lovefilm to air Zombieland original pilot

Amazon Studios has added a Sony Pictures Television adaptation of Hollywood comedy movie Zombieland to its pilot slate. Half-hour format Zombieland is based on the Columbia Pictures movie of the same name and follows four survivors of a zombie apocalypse whose lives consist of outwitting zombies and searching for a new home. Rumours of a […]

Hulu offering every episode of Star Trek until end-March

Hulu has made almost 700 episodes of sci-fi TV series Star Trek ever made available for free for a limited period. The US catch-up service said all of the episodes have been launched on its service and will be there until the end of the month. There are 693 episodes of the sci-fi series ion […]

Lovefilm strikes deal for BBC kids series

Lovefilm has bought a raft of classic BBC kids content including iconic series Teletubbies. The Amazon-owned streaming service has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, and picked up a package of kids content. Tiles include The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Sarah Jane Adventures and preschool series […]

Hulu names interim CEO

Hulu has appointed its senior vice president of content Andy Forssell as its interim CEO, effective following departure of current boss Jason Kilar at the end of the month.  In a blog post announcing the move, Kilar said that Forssell had the Hulu board’s “strong support” and that a permanent decision would be made about […]

Netflix’s Killing deal helps prolong the life of the series

Netflix has snagged exclusive UK and Ireland rights to the third season of the The Killing in a deal that has helped the latest series of the Forbrydelsen remake to get made. The streaming service will make episodes of the upcoming third season available to its subs in the UK and Ireland within a week […]

Netflix turns on US Facebook integration

Netflix has switched on social integration in the US, allowing users to connect their account to their Facebook profile and share their viewing activity. The functionality, which Netflix has already deployed elsewhere in the world including the UK, follows a recent amendment to the US Video Privacy Protection Act. Dating back to 1988, this had […]

Lovefilm secures Power Rangers catalogue

Amazon-owned online video-on-demand service provider Lovefilm has struck a deal with Saban Brands to bring the back-catalogue of kids series Power Rangers to its Lovefilm Instant streaming service. The deal will bring 20 years’ worth of Power Rangers to Lovefilm subscribers, from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers through to the most recent Super Samurai […]

Netflix launches ISP speed index

Online video service Netflix has launched the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a new website that it says will give consumers insight into which internet service providers delier the best Netflix streaming experience. The website, ISPSpeedIndex.Netflix.com, currently provides data for the US, Mexico, Ireland, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Netflix said that Google Fiber […]