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Netflix to complete global expansion in two years

Netflix has said it plans to complete its global expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries.  In a letter to shareholders to announce its fourth quarter 2014 results, Netflix said that it plans to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late […]

Netflix to launch in Australia and New Zealand

Netflix has confirmed its long-expected move into the Australasian market, and will launch a streaming service there in March 2015. This comes just days after Netflix’s senior director of programmatic buying Kathy O’Dowd visited Australia to hold talks about buying broadcast and online advertising space. The expansion into Australia and New Zealand also comes after […]

BBC Worldwide appoints finance director for Australia, New Zealand

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand has appointed the chief financial officer of mobile phone retailer AMT Group, Tim Curry, as its new director of finance.  Curry will lead a nine-strong finance team and provide commercial direction for the Australia and New Zealand business, which owns six subscription TV channels, including the new premium drama […]

WWE Network gets global OTT launch

Over-the-top wrestling channel WWE Network has launched outside the US for the first time. The network, which sports entertainment giant WWE launched earlier this year in the States, is rolling out in 170 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics. The WWE expects the network to be available in […]

OTT VoD service Popcornflix launches in UK, Ireland, Scandinavia

Screen Media Ventures-owned US free movies video-on-demand service Popcornflix is launching in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand as part of a push into international markets. Popcornflix’s advertising supported service is now available on the web, connected TVs and on Android and iOS mobile apps in all eight markets, while users in the […]

WWE Network to launch as an online channel

The long gestation period for the thematic pay wrestling network from the WWE is coming to an end after the company announced an official launch date for the channel. The WWE Network will debut on February 24 as a subscription online channel, it was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday by WWE CEO […]

News Corp sells Sky NZ stake

News Corp is set to sell its entire 44% stake in New Zealand pay TV service Sky Network Television Limited.  New Corp’s Australian News Limited subsidiary has appointed Deutsche Bank to underwrite and, together with Craigs Investment Partners, manage the sale of its Sky shares. News Corp said that it expects to sell its shares […]

Kim Dotcom planning to offer new services from Mega site

Kim Dotcom, the creator of file-sharing website Megaupload, which was shut down by US authorities in January 2012, plans to expand the range of activities of his new file-sharing site, Mega, to include secure email, chat, video, voice and mobile services. Dotcom tweeted over the weekend that the site would be progressively updated with new […]