Youku unveils smart TV, OTT partners

Chinese video streaming platform Youku Tudou has signed strategic partnerships with a slew of local smart TV and OTT manufacturers, eight of which involve exclusive integration of the pre-installed Youku Tudou app. The partnerships include four OTT companies: Huawei Technologies, which is projected to distribute 1.5 million set-top boxes this year; ZTE9 Network Technology’s Fun Box, described as China’s first

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Amazon greenlights two pilots

Amazon Studios has greenlit two new pilots – half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, directed and produced by Whit Stillman, and one-hour drama Hand Of God, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z).  Amazon’s third pilot season will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will be asked to provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned

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MIPTV: ITV signs output deal with Tencent

The UK’s ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed a multi-year output deal with Tencent, under which the Chinese internet giant will license more than a 100 hours of programming annually from ITV. Shows covered by the deal include Golden Globe award-winning drama Dancing On The Edge; recent series of detective dramas Endeavour and Murdoch Mysteries, and comedy Miranda. Directed by

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