NBC Universal has created a new streaming service for its PictureBox movies on demand streaming service.
Vivendi has begun its withdrawal from NBC Universal, selling an initial tranche of its 20% holding to General Electric for $2 billion.
Netflix and NBC Universal have announced an agreement to stream prior season cable and broadcast TV series to Netflix subscribers. The service is available by subscription with pricing starting at $8.99 (€6.66) a month.
The Dutch DTH platform Canal Digitaal Satelliet will add two channels from NBC Universal to its portfolio on September 15, when SyFy Universal and 13th Street will join their line-up.
UK’s online TV service SeeSaw.com has announced a multiple-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the UK video-on-demand rights to programmes including Heroes, House, Law & Order and 30 Rock.
Viasat Broadcasting has signed a new multi-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the exclusive pay-TV rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland to current and upcoming feature films for the TV1000 premium channels.
Update Sunday 17.00: Universal Networks’ Sci Fi is to rebrand as Syfy in the UK from 22.00 on Tuesday April 13. The channel will also use the “Imagine Greater” tagline that was first seen in the United States last July.
Vivendi has agreed to place a value of $5.8 billion (€3.53 billion) on its holding in NBC Universal, according to sources widely quoted in the financial press, a move that gives the go-ahead for Comcast’s joint venture with General Electric.
Comcast could be as little as a week away from the purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal from General Electric. The US cablenet is set to acquire a 51% stake to create a $30 billion (€21.55 bn) joint venture that would combine its cable channels with America’s oldest broadcast network.
US cablenet Comcast is in talks with NBC Universal with some reports suggesting the operator may take complete control of the company. Others point to a more modest holding of between 20 and 50%.