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Canal+ signs new deals with US studios

French pay TV operator Canal+ has signed new distribution deals with US studios Universal and Sony that will give it access to the pair’s movies six months after their theatrical release. The latest deals cement the pay TV operator’s relationships with Hollywood studios. Canal+ already has deals in place with Fox, Disney, Warner Bros. and […]

Disney and Sony announce content distribution deal

Disney has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures, in a agreement which will bring its theatrical releases to its OTT platforms. The companies confirmed that theatrical releases from 2022-26 are covered by the deal, with Disney gaining access following their Pay 1 TV window. The announcement comes after Sony signed a similarly high-profile distribution […]

Broadcasters migrating licences to EU as Brexit takes its toll

International broadcasters are abandoning the UK as the impact of Brexit makes itself felt, according to research by IHS Markit. According to IHS Markit analysts Tim Westcott and Aled Evans, the number of TV services licensed by UK regulator Ofcom declined to 879 in December, down from 1,039 in 2018, with the likes of Discovery, […]

Pantaflix strikes AVOD deal with Sony Pictures

Munich-based video-on-demand service Pantaflix has struck a deal with Sony Pictures that it says will significantly expand its advertising-supported VOD proposition. The deal will bring a range of blockbuster movies and all series of Lost Girl, XIII – The Seriesand Charlie’s Angelsto Pantaflix’s AVOD offering. From December, new content will be available for film and […]

EU accepts Hollywood studios and Sky measures to end geo-blocking case

The European Commission has accepted commitments by Hollywood studios not to apply clauses in contracts with Sky that prevent EU consumers outside the UK and Ireland from subscribing to Sky’s UK pay TV service to access films via satellite or online. The EC has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and […]

20th Century Fox takes stake in Italian VOD outfit Chili

20th Century Fox has taken a 4% stake in Italian transactional video-on-demand provider Chili in a reported €6 million investment in the platform. Fox joins Warner Bros, Viacom-Paramount and Sony Pictures as shareholders in the venture. Warner Bros and Paramount have 4% stakes, while Sony has a 3% stake in the venture. Torino 1895 Investments, […]

Sony lowers forecasts but keeping studio

Sony has lowered full-year forecasts for its Pictures business after reporting a double-digit decline in revenue at the division, which includes the feature film, TV and channels operations. The Japanese company recorded a massive write down at its Pictures division earlier this year, but said yesterday the division can return to growth by producing premium […]

Sony Entertainment CEO resigns

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has resigned from his post. Lynton is leaving the Culver City-based studio after 13 years, and just under two years after he became sole chief exec after Amy Pascal’s departure. He is also resigning from his post at the corporate executive officer of the wider Sony group, which is based […]

Sony Pictures agrees VR deal with Nokia

Sony Pictures has agreed a VR deal with Nokia that will see it explore the “creative potential” of virtual reality production and distribution. Under the new multi-year worldwide agreement, Sony Pictures will use Nokia’s OZO VR camera and software to create 360-degree 3D content and live experiences. Sony will also integrate the OZO Player SDK […]

European Commission starts TV rights probe

Formal antitrust proceedings to examine programming agreements between US studios and European pay TV broadcasters are underway and could ultimately be extended to include other distributors, the European Commission confirmed today. EU spokesman Antoine Colombani told DTVE’s sister publication TBI this morning that the focus of the rights probe is currently restricted to the Hollywood Studios […]