16 January 2021 04:15

MediAvataar's News Desk

MediAvataar's News Desk

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‘Compounding’ (in the sense both of combining and adding to) will characterise global TV throughout 2021 as the streaming TV boom forces a re-engineering of the TV value chain and the strategies for reaching the end viewer.

The breadth of choice in the streaming market today means compounding (or bundling) multiple streaming services into packages must be the next step in the evolution of the streaming market.

This goes beyond simple aggregation on a ‘platform’ like a Roku stick, Sky Q set top box or Amazon Fire device. The streaming industry has yet to embrace the combining and discounting of packages of streaming services and this form of compounding seems bound to rise to the fore in the coming year. Several of Netflix’s recent strategic moves (including its ‘Play Something’ feature and audio-only options) point to positioning for a future in which streaming moves beyond ‘appointment viewing’ typical of on-demand behaviour towards a future where happenstance plays a greater role in content choice.

Saturday, 09 January 2021 00:00

Starz launches on fuboTV.

Starz announced the launch of STARZ premium channels and its full SVOD library on live TV streaming platform fuboTV. fuboTV customers who subscribe to STARZ can now watch exclusive STARZ Original series including “Power Book II: Ghost,” “P-Valley,” “Hightown,” and “Outlander” as well as hundreds of movies and first-run films on fuboTV.

“We are thrilled to expand our OTT presence with our fuboTV partnership, bringing STARZ hit original series and a huge library of blockbuster films to fuboTV’s growing base of viewers in time for the holidays. With our launch on fuboTV, STARZ will be available on all major streaming services in the US,” said Alison Hoffman, President of Domestic Networks for Starz.

“Just in time for the holidays, consumers can enjoy the excitement of Starz’s premium entertainment content and the convenience of even more ad-free programming choices with the addition of STARZ to fuboTV,” said Ben Grad, Head of Content Strategy and Acquisition, fuboTV. “STARZ offers something for everyone in the family to stream, including original shows and movies, both live and on demand.”

STARZ offers access to more than 7,500 VOD selections including STARZ hit series ranging from “Power Book II: Ghost” and the upcoming third season of “American Gods,” premiering in January 2021; to Hollywood hits and popular movies including Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood and Bad Boys for Life.

HBO Max announced the premiere date for the upcoming unscripted series, THE EVENT, set to premiere January 14.

The 4-episode culinary series takes viewers into the kitchen of Wolfgang Puck’s elite catering company as his team tackles some of the industry’s biggest, most exclusive events.

Known as the crème de la crème of the industry, Wolfgang Puck Catering is responsible for some of the nation’s most legendary corporate, cultural, and entertainment events. Placing viewers both behind-the-scenes and inside these lavish affairs, THE EVENT follows renowned restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and members of his skilled catering team through every step of their intricate execution process. Each episode features a different high-profile event – from the SAG Awards to HBO’s “Westworld” premiere party – offering access to trade secrets and an unprecedented look into the creative development, planning, and immense scope of running a world-renowned catering company.

THE EVENT is executive produced by Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck Catering’s CEO Carl Schuster, Emmy®-nominees David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe (“Naked and Afraid,” “The Kennedy Detail”) for Renegade 83, an eOne company, and Emmy®-winners Eamon Harrington and John Watkin (“The Alzheimer Project,” “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans”), who co-direct all four episodes.

Apple TV+ announced that “Servant,” the acclaimed psychological thriller from Academy Award-nominated director M. Night Shyamalan, has been renewed for a third season ahead of its second season global premiere on January 15, 2021.

Following its suspenseful season one finale, the second season takes a supernatural turn with a darker future for all lying ahead as Leanne returns to the brownstone and her true nature is revealed.

The 10-episode second season will debut globally with the first episode on Friday, January 15, 2021, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday, exclusively on Apple TV+.

The cast of “Servant,” including Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, will all reprise their characters for the second season.

“Servant” is created by BAFTA-nominated executive producer and writer Tony Basgallop. In addition to Shyamalan and Basgallop, “Servant” is executive produced by Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch. Taylor Latham and Patrick Markey serve as executive producers.

The series will join recently renewed Apple Originals including the Peabody Award-winning “Dickinson,” which returns for its second season on Friday, January 8, 2021; critically acclaimed drama series “For All Mankind,” which returns for its second season on Friday, February 19, 2021; and global hit series “Ted Lasso.”

The complete first season of “Servant” is now available to stream on Apple TV+.

• Docu-series follows the unique story of an ambitious football club like no other

• Featuring an exclusive title track produced by dance music pioneer and world-famous DJ Carl Cox

• Contributors include UD Ibiza president Amadeo Salvo, Italian football icon Marco Borriello and Ibiza-born international DJs Anna Tur and Manu Gonzalez

• Series will launch in DAZN’s established markets on Dec. 25, with a rollout on its Global platform scheduled for January 2021

DAZN, the leading global sports destination, has unveiled its latest DAZN Originals production ‘Club Ibiza: The Sessions’; a unique, inside look at UD Ibiza, a Spanish football club driven by the passion of president Amadeo Salvo and his brothers David and Lalo who have a dream to take the team to La Liga.

The 5-part series features intimate interviews with Amadeo Salvo, Italian football superstar Marco Borriello and Ibiza-born international DJs Anna Tur and Manu Gonzalez, among others. The series’ exclusive title track was produced by dance pioneer and world-famous DJ Carl Cox and features new music by Anna Tur and Manu Gonzalez.

Surrounded by iconic dance clubs, the world’s best DJs and the most stunning Balearic beaches, ‘Club Ibiza: The Sessions’ takes you on a season-long journey into the heart of the most famous island in the world. Through the eyes of Ibiza’s most passionate football fans, the series captures an exclusive look into the rise of a football club unlike any other, combining exclusive interviews with behind-the-scenes access and the wonders of the island.

Over the course of the series, fans can watch UD Ibiza’s historic home match against Barcelona in the third round of the Copa del Rey. DAZN’s cameras capture the electric atmosphere as Can Misses stadium transforms to host football greats Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Antoine Griezmann and Louis Suárez.

‘Club Ibiza: The Sessions’ will launch on DAZN in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland on Dec. 25, followed by Spain on Dec. 26. It will later be made available on DAZN’s Global platform across 200+ countries and territories in January 2021.

DAZN’s SVP Original Programming, Grant Best said “This is the most beautiful football docu-series ever made, simply because its set on Ibiza. We know Ibiza as the dance music capital of the world but now football has become another reason to pay attention. No other series has captured the ambition and passion of football, with world famous DJs and these stunning landscapes.

“What Amadeo Salvo has set out to do with UD Ibiza would seem impossible to anyone without a love of the sport, but that’s what makes the story so compelling. It has been a privilege to come along on the journey and bring life to this series through the incredible music of Carl Cox, Anna Tur and Manu Gonzalez.”

“I am delighted to be to be a part of this Ibiza story. It’s a magical place where the islanders have always made me feel very welcome”, Carl Cox added.

‘Club Ibiza: The Sessions’ is a DAZN Originals production in association with Cielo Azul, produced and executive produced by Grant Best (‘The Making Of’, ‘Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad’ and ‘One Night’), Tom Markham and Rob Fulham (Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football & Calcio Storico: The Blood of Florence), and co-directed by John Alex Dennis (‘8 Days with Hopper’) and Grant Best.

The series follows DAZN’s previous documentary film ‘Being Mario Götze’; interview series ‘The Making Of’ featuring global sporting icons; MotoGP docu-series ‘In Our Blood’; and most recently ‘Parallel Worlds’, DAZN’s latest docu-series that connects sporting heroes from different disciplines to discover what they share in common featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin.


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