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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 […]

Hulu future in discussion

News Corp and the Walt Disney Company are reportedly in talks about their future interests in jointly held VoD site Hulu – which they co-own with Comcast. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the two firms have expressed interest in recent months about buying one another out – with a possible outcome that one […]

Netflix is an opportunity, not a threat says CBS boss Moonves

Netflix is not a threat to broadcast network CBS, according to its CEO and president Les Moonves. He added that CBS is in talks with Netflix about making an original show for the streaming service. “When you look at the Netflixs of the world and the Amazons of the world doing new production, we welcome […]

Netflix to make first original kids show with DreamWorks

Netflix is making its first original kids series. It is teaming with Hollywood studio DreamWorks to make animated show Turbo: F.A.S.T., a spin-off from upcoming DreamWorks animated movie Turbo. Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) will launch on Netflix in December in the US and across the international territories in which the streaming service operates. […]

Lovefilm extends BBC Worldwide deal

Amazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has inked a new, extended, content deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The pair already had a programming agreement with Worldwide, but the new agreement gives it rights to a wider range of content from the distributor. New shows that will become available on Lovefilm […]

Lovefilm to air Amazon originals for free in pilot programme

UK subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm is to air original pilot shows from its parent company’s Amazon Studios unit. Lovefilm will host 11 original TV series test pilots for its members to stream for free. The kids and comedy content will be made available to Lovefilm subscribers in the UK and Germany, with viewers’ responses being […]

Disney deal for Lovefilm

Subscription DVD and video-on-demand service Lovefilm has struck a content deal with Disney for the UK and Ireland for animated series featuring superheroes from the Marvel stable. The deal will allow Lovefilm to stream shows including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Silver Surfer. Jim Buckle, managing director of Lovefilm, said: “We already […]