Sony Pictures Television

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 […]

Mubi strikes Sony SVoD deal

UK-based SVoD service Mubi has landed its first deal with a Hollywood studio, striking a content agreement with Sony Pictures Television. The movie-based SVOD service gets a raft of classic SPT-distributed features under the terms of the deal. Titles include Taxi Driver and Dr. Strangelove. There will also be more recent titles added to the […]

Crackle unveils web originals

Sony Pictures Television-owned VoD site Crackle has announced a lineup of original programming for the US site.  At its first standalone presentation to advertisers in New York this week, Crackle unveiled a variety of shows including its first one hour scripted series The Art Of More, animated comedy series SuperMansion and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser […]

Orange signs deal with Sony Pictures Television

French pay TV operator Orange has inked a volume deal with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television. The deal, between SPT and OCS gives the French package of pay TV channels SPT-distributed series including Amazon Prime Instant Video hit Transparent and another show from the streaming service, Mozart in the Jungle. OCS also gets exclusive pay TV rights to […]

Sony buys Viasat channels from MTG

Sony Pictures Television has acquired the Viasat3 and Viasat6 free-to-air TV channels in Hungary from the Modern Times Group. The pair of entertainment channels will take SPT’s Hungarian offering to five and they will sit alongside the AXN, AXN White and AXN Black offerings in the Sony stable. Viasat3 is programmed with mainstream movies and […]

Sony Pictures Television’s Young to take senior distribution role

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has named Mark Young as senior vice president of distribution, UK, Africa and Ireland. London-based Young will be responsible for managing and growing all SPT distribution activity across these territories and reports to Mike Wald, executive vice president, international distribution. He will head film and TV licensing negotiations with broadcasters and […]

Sony kids channel lands on Freeview

Sony Pictures Television-owned UK preschool net Tiny Pop is launching on the territory’s Freeview platform. The channel will go live on January 7, 2015, on Freeview channel 126. The network’s older-skewed sister channel, POP, already occupies the 125 slot. This comes after SPT acquired TinyPop’s parent broadcast group, CSC Media, earlier this year. “This extended […]

Netflix will retain all rights to The Crown

This moves the streaming service away from the previous model whereby third-parties sell Netflix originals outside its operating territories, and in second windows. With previous big-ticket dramas, Netflix worked with distributors. For example, The Crown producer Sony Pictures Television distributes House of Cards, Lionsgate sells Orange is the New Black and Gaumont shops Hemlock Grove […]

Streaming to connected TVs the preferred method of delivery, says Crackle

Streaming films and TV shows on internet-connected TVs is now the “preferred viewing method” according to Sony Pictures Television-owned VoD site, Crackle. The second annual New Living Room study – conducted by Crackle in association with Frank N. Magid Associates – found that more than half the adults surveyed said they prefer to stream content […]

Sony buys stake in Dori Media’s channels

Sony Pictures Television is bolstering its channels line-up with a deal for 50% of several of the entertainment nets operated by producer and distributor Dori Media. SPT Networks will buy 50% of the Viva and Viva Plus channels in Israel as well as accompanying Viva Walla free VOD service. The channels and VOD service carry […]