Australia’s Dendy launches VOD service

Australian exhibitor Dendy’s streaming service, Dendy Direct, launched yesterday (August 6) with product from studios including 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. The transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) service is in talks with other US studios and also has content from local companies ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment and all the leading independent distributors.

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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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