Nine takes 8% stake in Quickflix

Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co (NEC) has acquired HBO’s 8% stake in local DVD rental and VOD operator Quickflix. NEC is understood to have paid just under $1m for all of HBO’s redeemable preference shares in Quickflix. Simon Kelly, NEC’s chief operating officer, told The Australian that the shares were an opportunistic financial investment and declined to comment on whether

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EzyFlix strikes Samsung alliance

Australian VoD service EzyFlix.tv has signed a deal with Samsung Electronics that makes it fully compatible with Samsung’s WatchOn application. The full integration means users will be able to use the app to rent or buy programmes across EzyFlix’s entire content library and then watch them on any Samsung device from phones to tablets and smart TVs. Ezyflix already offers

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Netflix heading for Australia

Netflix is understood to be planning a launch in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, with two acquisitions executives visiting Sydney next week to meet local content owners. Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke recently confirmed that the Australian studio is in talks to sell content to Netflix. In an interview with tech website CNet, Burke said “it is pretty widely

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Singapore’s Viddsee gets social

Singapore-based online short film platform Viddsee is entering web series production with mockumentary Get Social, about a social media startup. The 20-episode comedy series stars local actors George Young, Oon Shu Ann, Shane Mardjuki and Vanessa Ann Vanderstraaten. They play four twentysomethings who work at a social media marketing agency founded by Young’s character, Leonard Lee, a trust-fund baby who

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