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Netflix localisation plans hint at expansion

Netflix is hiring language specialists to adapt the service into a number of new European and Asian languages, sparking rumours about where the video-on-demand service plans to launch next. In a posting on its official jobs page, Netflix said it was looking for “highly motivated individuals with the right mix of technical, organisational and communication […]

Netflix partners with the Wachowskis on sci-fi drama

Netflix’s original production spending spree continues, with the video streaming platform this time partnering with The Matrix creators the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski on a sci-fi drama. Sense8 will comprise of an initial 10-episodes and marks siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski’s first foray into television and Babylon 5 creator Straczynski’s latest TV project. Besides […]

Amazon adds another comedy pilot

Amazon Studios, the production arm of online retailer Amazon, has added the eighth comedy project to its pilot line-up. Betas is about a group of tech-savvy millennial characters trying to connect with the world and comes from Michael Lehmann (Heathers, Dexter, True Blood) and Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor). It joins the previously announced Alpha […]

Netflix tipped to hit 46 million US streaming users

Netflix is predicted to hit 46 million streaming customers in the US by 2021, up from previous estimates of 43 million, according to a new Pacific Crest research note. The research estimated that the firm could also hit 36 million US streaming subscribers by the end of 2015, up from 27.2 million at the close […]

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 […]