SYDNEY, December 19: The time Australians spent watching TV on traditional in-home television sets increased by more than an hour per month year-on-year in the third quarter, even with take-up of Internet-connected devices at a new high.
LOS ANGELES, December 19: Hulu has expanded its streaming VOD pact with MGM to now include the hit miniseries Fargo, which will be available for viewing in 2015.
UNTERFÖHRING, December 19: Sky Deutschland has launched its new streaming box in partnership with Roku, featuring entertainment from the Sky Online and Snap programming catalogues, including blockbusters, hit series, live sports, children’s shows and documentaries.
LONDON, December 19: Syfy has licensed the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights for the drama Extant from CBS Studios International.
PREMIUM, December 19: Tara Sorensen, the head of kids’ programming at Amazon Studios, tells World Screen Newsflash about her slate of shows, what’s in development and how children’s viewing habits are changing.
TORONTO, December 19: Entertainment One (eOne) is working with First Take Entertainment to co-develop and co-produce a TV series based on the hit 2014 comedy Dr. Cabbie, presented by Bollywood star Salman Khan.
TEL AVIV, December 19: A local version of I Can Do That!, a prime-time entertainment format from Armoza Formats' catalogue, has been commissioned by Romania's Antena 1.
LONDON, December 19: Blast! Films has been tapped to produce a new 3x1-hour series for Channel 4 that documents the comings and goings on board London's night buses, using fixed-rig technology to capture the action.
LAUSANNE, December 19: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión (ICRT) the exclusive broadcast rights in Cuba for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio in 2016.
ISTANBUL, December 19: ITV-Inter Medya has signed a three-title distribution deal with TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation).
SEATTLE, December 19: The subscription service Amazon FreeTime Unlimited has bolstered its offering with thousands of new books, apps and videos from Disney, Nickelodeon and Toca Boca, among others.
MOSCOW, December 19: Sovtelexport and Central Cooperation International have signed an agreement that sees Blue Light, Russia's biggest New Year television program, airing on CCTV in China.
HALIFAX/LOS ANGELES/LONDON, December 19: DHX Brands has inked a deal with Penguin Young Readers for a publishing program in the U.S. and Canada based on the popular preschool show Ella the Elephant.
BOGOTÁ, December 19: The hit drama series Fugitives, from the Caracol TV Internacional catalogue, has begun airing on 1TV in Afghanistan.
TREVISO, December 19: VM Distribution has snapped up the home video and IP rights to Gruppo Alcuni's first Pet Pals film, Pet Pals: Marco Polo's Code, for Australia and New Zealand.
PREMIUM, December 18: Bruce Rosenblum, the president of Legendary Television and Digital Media, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the team he is building, projects in development and his continued commitment to quality content.
LOS ANGELES, December 18: A deal between Hulu and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution is set to bring a range of FX originals, including Tyrant and The Strain, to the streaming service, as well as the upcoming FOX event series Wayward Pines.
PHILADELPHIA, December 18: Comcast Corporation has launched Xfinity in UHD, a 4K ultra high-definition on-demand programming app for Samsung UHD TVs.
NEW YORK, December 18: Michael Murphy, the general manager of Beyond Distribution, discusses, among other topics, Beyond Productions' joint venture with Australian broadcaster Seven Network.
DUBAI, December 18: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is set to launch three additional channels on pay-TV platform OSN, with Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD debuting on the MENA pay-TV platform on January 5.
LONDON, December 18: Ahead of the 2015 premiere of Thunderbirds Are Go, CITV has commissioned a second season of the show from ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures.
BUENOS AIRES, December 18: At next month's market in Miami, renowned producer Yair Dori plans to present his latest TV productions, Cata y el misterio de la esfera and Historias de Diván.
BURBANK, December 18: Later this week, Disney Junior in the U.S. is scheduled to begin airing Kate & Mim-Mim, a new animated preschool program from the FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment catalogue.
BANGKOK, December 18: Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific has teamed up with Major Kantana Broadcasting to launch the animation-adventure channel Toonami in Thailand early next year.
MIAMI, December 18: Cisneros Media has elevated Cosme Lopez to senior VP and general manager of pay-TV channels and services, effective immediately.
NEW YORK, December 18: A+E Networks has expanded its London-based international content distribution team by hiring Robyn Hurd and Michael Oesterlin as senior directors of content sales for EMEA, and Lorenzo Bertolotti as manager of content sales for the same region.
LONDON, December 18: Disney EMEA has launched Disney Junior TV Favourites, a free-to-download iOS app that allows preschoolers in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria to view a number of the channel's hits on-the-go.
BEVERLY HILLS, December 18: Scott Barton, Amy Kline and Eric Neal have been promoted to senior VPs in the Denver-based Starz program planning department.
BURBANK, December 18: Carlos Sanchez, a former Warner Bros. Digital Distribution exec, has joined Legendary Television as VP of distribution for Latin America.
AMSTERDAM, December 17: Endemol Shine Group, which combines Endemol, Shine and CORE Media, has unveiled its first round of senior appointments, including tapping Cathy Payne to run its merged international distribution business.
ENGLEWOOD, December 17: DISH is now the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix app into its set-top box, providing customers with instant access to hits such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards from the same platform they use to watch linear channels.
NEW YORK, December 17: 21st Century Fox says it has reached a deal to acquire the video-advertising company true[X] media, whose client base includes the streaming platform DramaFever.
BEVERLY HILLS, December 17: The drama The Missing, which was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for best miniseries/TV movie, is going to have a sequel on Starz, with a new case, new characters and new location.
KNOXVILLE, December 17: Phillip Luff has been tapped to lead Scripps Networks Interactive's business in the U.K. and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as Jonathan Sichel transitions to a U.S.-based senior role.
LONDON, December 17: Following Damian Kavanagh’s appointment as the digital controller of BBC Three, Jo Street, currently the commissioning editor of daytime, will take on the role of acting controller for daytime.
SINGAPORE, December 17: There was record participation at Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore last week, with more than 4,800 delegates and deal activity topping the $250 million mark, according to organizer Reed Exhibitions.
BURBANK, December 17: ABC Family has added a new scripted drama series to its slate of originals, Recovery Road, based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson.
NEW YORK, December 17: Bolstering its TV Everywhere strategy, NBCUniversal is rolling out the authenticated Bravo Now and Telemundo Now services on Xbox One consoles.
SILVER SPRING, December 17: Bradley Siegel, currently the vice chairman of the UP network, has been appointed president of TV One, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
MUNICH, December 17: Red Arrow International has sold the first three seasons of the Norwegian drama series Lilyhammer to Sky Atlantic in Italy and Green Narae Media in South Korea.
NEW YORK, December 17: Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay's The F Word), the restaurant critic of The London Times, is taking the spotlight in Million Dollar Critic, which is coming to BBC America in January 2015.
ATLANTA, December 17: Bounce TV is set to air back-to-back episodes of the series Roc, The Parent 'Hood, A Different World and The Hughleys.
TORONTO, December 17: ABC Spark, Corus Entertainment's network for Millennials, is slated to begin airing the scripted drama Recovery Road and the docuseries My Transparent Life.
NEW YORK, December 17: Asian broadcasters have been displaying a stronger-than-ever appetite for factual titles, a hunger that Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media seeks to satisfy through its broad-ranging catalogue, says company CEO Sonia Fleck.
HONG KONG, December 17: TV5MONDE has added 8 million homes to its Indian footprint with its new deal with DTH platform Airtel.