Lionsgate, CBS linked with Starz takeover

US reports are linking CBS Corp. and Lionsgate Entertainment to a US$5 billion (€4 billion) takeover of Starz. A deal with CBS would mean the US premium pay TV channel would sit alongside rival premium channel Showtime, while Lionsgate is a co-owner in Epix along with Viacom-owned Paramount and MGM. Discussions are at an early […]

CEE SVOD service bags CBS’s Secretary

Eastern European region SVOD service has acquired exclusive rights to new season CBS shows Madam Secretary and Extant. Pickbox, which operates in the former Yugoslav countries, has already made political thriller Madam Secretary available on its Hotbox section, in which subscribers are able to watched subtitled new episodes 24 hours after their US premieres. […]

CBS launches SVoD service

US broadcast network CBS has launched a US$5.99 (€4.68) a month subscription streaming service. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes of CBS programming such as NCIS: New Orleans, plus access to live CBS programming in 14 major launch markets. The shows on offer will be a mix of current series, previous seasons […]

CBS signs deal with TV2, ProSiebenSat.1

CBS Studios International has widened the terms of its programming deal with TV2, which will give the Norwegian free-to-air broadcaster new CBS series including Madam Secretary. The political drama recently bowed on CBS in the US, winning 13.8 million viewers. Other new series covered by the volume deal include Scorpion. It will also have new […]

CBS ‘would sell content’ to Aereo

CBS’s CEO Les Mooves has said he would sell content to streaming service Aereo, which was soundly defeated by America’s broadcasters in court earlier last month. Moonves, who is one of Aereo’s largest critics, said CBS Corp. was “willing to talk” to the company about a licensing agreement, adding: “The door was open and is […]

CBS, RTL get Extreme in Asia

The RTL and CBS joint venture channels business has launched its second thematic channel in Asia. Male-skewed RTL CBS Extreme HD has been handed a slot on Singaporean pay TV platform SingTel mio TV and will launch on March 27. The network will be the exclusive local home of UKTV original Dynamo: Magician Impossible and Red Bull Media […]

Aereo case heads to Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, brought by a group of American Broadcasting Companies, against online TV streaming service Aereo.  The news comes after Aereo last year won a lower court victory, rejecting claims by firms including Disney and CBS that the service should be shut down. The second circuit court […]

Netflix signs Dexter streaming deal with CBS

Netflix has acquired all eight seasons of the recently ended Showtime serial killer drama Dexter and will launch half on Halloween night. The first four will be available instantly on the US version of the service on October 31, with the final four added stateside on January 1, 2014. The finale episode of the series, […]

German SVOD platform latest to go Under the Dome

Vivendi’s European SVOD service Watchever is the latest buyer of CBS miniseries Under the Dome. Fresh from bringing the stars of the show out to Cannes for MIPCOM last week, CBS Studios International has secured a multi-year deal for the show with Watchever in Germany to begin in January next year. It covers seasons one […]

Facebook to offer TV data to networks

Facebook is reportedly upping its TV credentials by starting to offer data from the social network to the four biggest TV networks in the US.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook will this week begin sending weekly reports to the channels to indicate how much buzz their shows are generating on the site. […]