Sony Pictures Television Networks


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. […]

Hopster closes ‘multi-million pound’ investment round

Pre-school entertainment and learning app, Hopster, has closed a multi-million pound funding round led by existing investor, Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). While details of the raise were not disclosed, Hopster founder and CEO, Nick Walters, said the company will use the money to “keep doing what we pledged: provide a safe, ad-free and nurturing digital […]

Sony channels launch on Amazon in Germany, Austria

Three Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) channels have joined the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria. AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are now available as part of the service in what Sony described as a “first of its kind” deal between SPTN and Amazon. Viewers can watch the linear channels live and also access […]

Sony hires Turner’s Hornsey and Viacom’s Muller to run UK channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men. Muller […]

Crackle chief upped to Sony digital chief

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has promoted the boss of its on-demand service, Crackle, to executive VP and chief digital officer. Eric Berger will remain general manager of OTT service Crackle, but also now oversees worldwide digital strategy across all Sony channels. The long-serving exec has been with Sony since 2006 and Crackle since 2008, […]

Sony to rebrand Kix children’s channel to Pop Max

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is set to rebrand kid’s channel Kix to Pop Max in the UK on August 30. The new-look SPTN UK channel will go live on Freeview channel number 208, Sky channel 627 and Freesat channel 604, targeting six to 10 year-old boys with a line-up of “cheeky comedy”. Pop Max […]

Sony Pictures buys distributor Funimation

Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a “substantial” majority stake in Funimation Productions, in a deal that values the Japanese anime distributor at around US$150 million (€127 million). Funimation, which sells Japanese content in the US, has a catalogue of toons that includes Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop and One Piece, […]

Sony launches free-to-air movies channel in Italy

Sony Pictures Television Networks is to launch a new free-to-air movie channel, Cine Sony, in Italy on September 7. The launch of Sony’s latest free-to-air venture in the Italian market follows the launch of kids’ channel, POP in May. The new channel replaces Capri Gourmet, which Sony Pictures Television Networks acquired in April 2017. Cine […]

Sony makes FTA Italian move as Sky Italia drops AXN channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is moving into the Italian free-to-air TV market for the first time as a two-channel carriage agreement with Sky draws to a close. SPTN has reached a deal with Television Broadcasting System (TBS) to buy the channels NekoTV and Capri Gourmet, which have been broadcasting on the Italian digital terrestrial […]

Sony launches three channels on Virgin Media

Sony Pictures Television Networks is to launch three channels on Liberty Global-owned cable operator Virgin Media’s TV service. Sony channels Pop, MovieMix and Movies4Men will join the Virgin Media line-up as part of a new long-term carriage deal. Sony will also provide additional catch-up on-demand content from kids channels Pop and Tiny Pop via Virgin […]

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