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SPI International names Liberty Global’s Bergman as Film1 chief

Channel provider SPI International has named former Liberty Global programming chief Jeroen Bergman as managing director of its new acquisition, Netherlands-based film service Film1. SPI International announced the acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, a premium television and video on demand service in the Netherlands, last week. Bergman will head up Film1’s operations in the Netherlands […]

SPI International acquires Film1

SPI International has acquired the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video on demand service, from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks.  According to the deal, SPI will own Film1 brands and will continue to operate all of its digital services with platforms.  As of August 1, 2019 SPI will fully own the […]

Sony Pictures TV makes first streaming move in Western Europe

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is expanding into OTT in Western Europe for the first time by launching Film1, its premium pay movie service, in the Netherlands. Film1 will deliver exclusive, first-run films via a new OTT service where customers can watch over three hundred films on-demand, direct to a screen whenever it suits them. […]

EC confirms approval of Liberty Global Ziggo acquisition

The European Commission has confirmed its approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo in the Netherlands. The EC’s move follows annulment of its earlier approval of the 2014 acquisition by the EU General Court last year. The EC originally approved the merger of UPC Netherlands and Ziggo subject to the condition that […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

Sony Pictures Television closes Film1 deal

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has completed its buyout of Dutch channel group Film1 from Liberty Global, after gaining approval from the European Commission. The closing of the deal and means SPT now fully owns and operates the five Film1-branded pay TV channels – Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy and Kids, Film1 Spotlight, and […]

Sony Pictures Television buys Film1 from Liberty

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has agreed to buy Dutch channel group Film1 from Liberty Global.  Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five Film1-branded pay TV channels – Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy and Kids, Film1 Spotlight, and Film1 Sundance – as well as the Film1 Go digital service. Liberty […]

EC clears way for Liberty Global acquisition of Ziggo

The European Commission has cleared Liberty Global’s acquisition of leading Dutch cable operator Ziggo, clearing the way for Ziggo shareholders to tender their shares into Liberty’s offer. The expiry date for the offer is November 4.  To secure approval,  Liberty Glboal has agreed to sell its Film1 premium movie channel in the Netherlands and has […]

Chellomedia preps premium series channel

Chellomedia will reportedly roll out Film1 Series in the Netherlands, a new premium channel programmed with high-end scripted content. The service will launch in mid-January and launch series include Breaking Bad, Necessary Roughness and Once Upon a Time. The new channel, which does not officially have distribution partners yet, will be in direct competition with the anticipated premium channel […]