The channel’s programme schedule consists of a mix of light entertainment with movie, music, fashion and celebrity news. The channel is produced, operated and distributed by the Dutch independent producer FCCE. Scoop Network is available as an international English feed, but at the same time the channel can be easily localised with local hosts, native voice over, sub-titles or dubbing and even locally inserted programming. Following the launch on the Luxembourg operator’s network, Scoop Network will become available on the Fascination TV platform in the US, Canada and the UK.
The programme schedule is mainly based on the daily news items and fresh weekly programming produced by the FCCE HQ in Amsterdam. In addition, the Scoop Network team can draw from an extensive content library with over 3,000 video items, evergreen content and special productions from festivals, events and award shows. Every year the FCCE production team visits the film festivals in, among others, Cannes, Berlin, Venice, London, Rome, Toronto, Deauville and Marrakesh as well as the fashion weeks in Paris, New York and Milan, music festivals, award shows and conventions.
“The flexibility in deal making, the OTT proposition and the option to localize the channel very easily and cost efficiently is a game changer,” said Justus Verkerk, CEO of FCCE.
“Around the world, we meet cable and mobile operators that are looking for new options. We offer an affordable turnkey solution. FCCE can deliver the channel with, for example Spanish, Serbian or any other language sub-titles, a native host and even some locally produced programming. The channel can also promote an operator’s Movie VOD platform, as a white labeled solution or with the Scoop Network branding, or select the perfect audience for a brand/advertiser that is looking for an exclusive 24/7 communication tool.” T
Danny Duijs, Managing Director of Oranda TV, the Singapore based agent for Scoop Network in the Asian market, underwrites this positioning: “Of course international entertainment news is very important for the local markets in, for example, the Philippines, Thailand or Indonesia, but at the same time, those markets are so big and strong, they want to see their local news and celebrities as well; brought to them by a local host. And let’s be honest, if a territory like Indonesia has an audience of more than 250 million people, then without question we should serve the audience based on their own needs. With content, but also in the way we deliver the content to the audience.”
Duijs is referring the OTT proposition and the fact that Scoop Network programming could also be licensed as a 2-3 hour ‘Scoop Network branded’ programme block on a terrestrial channel, that directs its viewers to the OTT platform of the operator where the channel airs a linear feed and offers all content in a VOD on demand area.
The operations of the channel is handled by Dutch based Media Choice. “The traditional way of working, with a fixed fee based on the amount of subscribers, is not always the best way for all partners involved and Scoop Network is flexible in its offering,” explained Ferry Ouwendijk, managing director of the Media Choice Group, who sees rapid change in the business cases of channels.
“For example: Vodafone Romania has 9.5 million subs, you can’t expect them to pay per sub. So Scoop Network is willing to take a risk as well and team up with the operator. We offer Scoop Network anywhere and anytime on TV, Web and in Apps, with or without our programme and (personalised) ad insertions or even in a co-branding / white label with up sales opportunities to On Demand movies/series.”
Based on the Media Choice technology, Scoop Network is delivered with all EPG data.