Disney, Netflix sign Canada pay-TV deal

Netflix and Walt Disney Studios have signed a multi-year deal that gives Netflix exclusive Canandian subscription TV rights to Disney’s first-run live action and animated features. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Beginning in 2015, Netflix Canada subscribers will be offered theatrically released films from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm,

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Xbox quits original programming

Microsoft has confirmed it’s shutting down Xbox’s original programming arm, Xbox Entertainment Studios, as the division refocuses on its core video gaming business. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox and Microsoft Studios, confirmed the move today, although he added that the company would continue with projects already in production. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who took over from Steve Ballmer in February,

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Hulu takes US rights to Neighbours

Hulu has acquired exclusive US rights to Australian soap opera Neighbours from global programming giant FremantleMedia International. The show will be streamed on Hulu’s US ad-supported service and Hulu Plus subscription service from July 14. Daily episodes will be streamed from Monday to Friday. The five weekly episodes will air four weeks after broadcast in Australia.

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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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