NBCU teases launch of Universal+ streamer in France

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has started paving the way for the launch of a new streaming platform in France. In a short teaser video on YouTube, it said that a new service called Universal+ will be coming soon in France. No details were released on the date of launch or the pricing structure, but the likelihood is […]

Netflix reportedly enters talks with Hollywood studios over ad offering

Ahead of launching its ad-supported tier later this year, Netflix has reportedly begun with talks with Hollywood studios to alter its programming deals. According to the Wall Street Journal, Netflix has entered into talks with Warner Bros. Universal and Sony Pictures Television, with the streaming leader requiring approval from rights holders to place ads against […]

NBCUniversal teams with Movistar+ to launch Universal+ and DreamWorks channel in Spain

NBCUniversal International Networks is to launch streaming service Universal+ and new channel DreamWorks in Spain in partnership with pay TV provider Movistar+ from Telefónica. The US studio is launching linear channel DreamWorks for the first time in Spain on the Movistar+ platform, along with an associated on-demand offering that will also be available in the […]

Vivendi settles last claims from US class action

Vivendi has finally settled the remaining claims made against it and still in dispute in the securities class action initiated in the US in 2002, following the unraveling of the rapid expansion of the company that culminated in the short-lived creation of Vivendi Universal. In a move that Vivendi said was “finally putting this long-standing […]

Netflix hires Stuber to lead original movies drive

Netflix has hired former Universal exec Scott Stuber to head up its ongoing drive into original movies. Stuber, who had been a frontrunner to the role vacated by Brad Grey at Paramount, will oversee a growing slate of films at the US streaming service, which expects to release 30 titles this year. Stuber was vice […]

Universal announces first 4K movie releases

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has announced plans to release a broad selection of 4K, ultra HD films, beginning this summer. Universal said that the “progressive rollout” would include recent titles such as Everest, Lucy and Lone Survivor, as well as 4K releases of forthcoming releases The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Warcraft and the latest film in the ‘Bourne’ franchise, […]

NBC channels launch on BT

BT has inked a deal with Universal Networks International and three of the studio’s channels will launch on the UK telco’s IPTV service. Universal Channel, Syfy and E! Entertainment will launch on BT Vision and programmes from the channels will be made available on an on-demand basis from early next year. BT Vision’s linear channel […]