Turner And DirecTV Renew Channel And Content Distribution Deal

Turner And DirecTV Renew Channel And Content Distribution Deal

Turner And DirecTV Renew Channel And Content Distribution Deal

Turner USA and AT&T (owners of the USA-based satellite television platform DirecTV and IPTV platform U-verse) have renewed their distribution deal to continue carrying Turner’s channels on AT&T’s TV platforms, including Cartoon Network USA and Boomerang USA. The multi-year agreement has been expanded to include comprehensive TV Everywhere rights, this will allow DirecTV and U-verse customers to stream Turner’s channels and access on-demand content on a wide selection of platforms and mobile/home media devices. The agreement also includes digital rights for AT&T’s upcoming streaming service – DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now will be launching towards the end of this year, the new OTT (Over The Top, i.e. TV streaming via an internet connection) service will offer its customers a selection of 100 channels and on-demand content from the main television networks in the United States, there’s no long-term contract, it’s open to non-AT&T/DirecTV customers, and no satellite dish or special equipment is required as the content is streamed to the subscriber via their internet connection.

From The Turner USA Press Release:

AT&T and global media company Turner have announced a multi-year, multiplatform agreement for Turner’s leading portfolio of networks on AT&T U-verse and the DIRECTV satellite TV platform. The wide-ranging agreement also includes comprehensive TV Everywhere rights, allowing DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse customers to stream Turner’s live and on-demand content across a variety of platforms and devices, and offer digital rights for the upcoming DIRECTV NOW and DIRECTV Freeview, AT&T’s new streaming services.

“Turner’s goal as a consumer-first media company is to make our content available everywhere our audience is, and this expansive deal with AT&T helps deliver on that promise by having our leading portfolio of popular networks and premium programming available on more services and platforms than ever before,” said David Levy, president of Turner. “We’re pleased to further our relationship with AT&T and look forward to providing our leading and in-demand networks and programming to AT&T as they launch additional consumer offerings to their expansive subscriber base.”

“The Turner agreement adds more premium content to our already robust line-up of DIRECTV NOW channels available to customers when it launches this year,” said Dan York, chief content officer for AT&T. “We’re also pleased to extend our relationship with Turner and provide our customers with access to its content across all AT&T platforms and products.”

DIRECTV NOW, launching in the fourth quarter of this year, will offer customers more than 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming from top networks, as well as premium add-on options. AT&T and DIRECTV customers will be able to access and stream the service over a wired or wireless Internet connection using a variety of connected devices without requiring additional hardware, satellites, long-term contracts or credit checks.


Boomerang Now Available On Now TV In Hong Kong

Boomerang Now Available On Now TV In Hong Kong

Boomerang Now Available On Now TV In Hong Kong

Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific and Hong Kong-based PCCW have made a channel distribution deal for Boomerang which will launch on PCCW’s Now TV pay-tv platform on Friday 1st July as part of Now TV’s Junior pack channel package. The new deal has increased Boomerang’s Southeast Asia feed to over thirty million homes, the channel relaunched on 1st January 2015, replacing Cartoonito Asia. Boomerang features family-friendly animated shows from all over the world and animated classics from Warner Bros. Animation’s and Hanna-Barbera’s animation library, plus the addition of newer shows including Bunnicula, Shaun the Sheep and The Garfield Show. Now TV customers already have access to both Cartoon Network and Toonami.

Phil Nelson, Turner’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia, made this statement about the new distribution deal with PCCW (Now TV):

“Hong Kong audiences already know and love Boomerang’s shows, so the channel will undoubtedly appeal to families with young kids. We’ve seen this brand grow quickly around the region and gain momentum – hitting the 30 million distribution mark is great milestone. Now TV subscribers now have access to all three of Turner’s kids’ channels in the region – Cartoon Network, Toonami and Boomerang – so there really is something for everyone.”

Loke Kheng Tham, PCCW’s executive VP of pay TV also made this statement regarding the addition of Boomerang to their Now TV pay-tv platform:

“Now TV has a diverse range of programs, including many choices for kids. We are committed to providing a responsible and entertaining TV environment for children and parents in Hong Kong. We are delighted to partner with Turner, our long-established partner, to further enrich our offerings for younger audiences through the launch of Boomerang.”


Cartoon Network UK To Be Added On NOW TV Streaming Service On 21st June

Cartoon Network UK To Be Added On NOW TV Streaming Service On 21st June

Cartoon Network UK To Be Added On NOW TV Streaming Service On 21st June

Today (04/05/2016), Sky UK has announced that their NOW TV OTT (Over-The-Top) Internet TV streaming service will be introducing a Kids Pass package, which will be available from Tuesday 21st June. The Kids Pass includes the addition of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito to the service. The service will also offer thousands of episodes on-demand across all channels that are available in the Kids Pass package, including current Cartoon Network shows such as The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball. All children’s content will be accessible through a child friendly interface and will also feature parental controls. The Kids Pass will cost £2.99 a month, no contract necessary.

Due to these changes on the NOW TV service, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and Disney Channel will move from the entertainment pass to the kids pass.

From The Sky UK Press Release

Online TV streaming service NOW TV continues to boost its customer offer with the launch of the NOW TV Kids Pass. It will be available to buy from the 21st June, offering an easy way to get top kids TV without a contract and for just £2.99 a month.

The NOW TV Kids Pass will let kids watch six dedicated live TV channels, as well as thousands of episodes and box sets on demand from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickToons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, CBeebies, CBBC, and Milkshake!.

Whenever they want, kids can enjoy the likes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol and The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball which are only available on demand to Sky and NOW TV customers. Later this year, they can watch Morph, following the recent news that Sky is commissioning brand new episodes of the much loved character from Oscar-winning studio, Aardman Animations.

All this will be available to watch via a special immersive user interface (UI) which was designed with both parents and children. It means the UI is not just fun to use, but adds safety controls for parents’ peace of mind.

New features include:

A fun space-themed interface – new characters Dixie, Norbert and Jessie interact with children on screen throughout the viewing experience
Picture led navigation – shows and episodes are identified by characters and episode imagery helping kids easily identify the programmes they love
Favourites rail – the service learns what little ones like so they can quickly and easily access their most-loved shows
Next episode auto-play – means they can watch more episodes of their favourite shows without having to navigate back to the main menu
Parental controls – these include: a screen lock to prevent little fingers accidently changing shows on a mobile or tablet; an ‘escape prompt’ which stops them from exiting the UI by mistake; and a parental PIN which allows parents to set restrictions on what they watch

Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV, said:

“We want to make sure that everyone in the family gets the best entertainment experience possible and that includes our younger viewers. We’ve created a vibrant, engaging world just for kids, so finding an episode of Dora the Explorer will be almost as fun as watching it. By creating a separate enhanced NOW TV Kids Pass our customers have even more choice when it comes to selecting the shows that are right for them, all with no contract.”

The launch of the NOW TV Kids Pass sees Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and The Disney Channel move out of the NOW TV Entertainment Pass. In addition, from today, Nat Geo Wild will be added as a new channel to the Entertainment Pass, which will continue to offer exclusive access to shows on Sky Atlantic, such as Game of Thrones and must see new show Billions, 11.22.63 on FOX and Harlan Coben’s The Five, on Sky1. Not to mention over 250 Box Sets ranging from Sex and The City, Revenge, Penny Dreadful and True Detective.

The NOW TV Kids Pass is available from the 21st of June for £2.99 without a contract and comes with a free 14 day trial. For more information visit www.nowtv.com/kids


Special thanks to The Daily Nick for the news: http://nickalive.blogspot.co.uk/