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HBO Max's new distribution deals; Netflix's new policy; BBC's plan for BBC Four

The Program Guide highlights notable programming announcements and upcoming original debuts from online video platforms around the world.

Top News

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* AT&T Inc. unit Warner Media LLC reached new distribution agreements for its HBO Max streaming service with seven additional companies: Altice USA Inc., Cox Enterprises Inc.'s Cox Communications Inc., Microsoft Corp., National Cable Television Cooperative Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sony Corp.'s Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

* Netflix Inc. will start removing inactive members who have not watched anything on the streaming platform in a year or two. The streaming platform will save account details for up to 10 months in case users decide to rejoin.

* The British Broadcasting Corp. is considering plans to turn BBC Four into a new global subscription service.

The Americas

* Cinedigm Corp. is extending the reach and distribution of its ad-supported business via a content agreement with Inc., pursuant to which Amazon's IMDb TV is offering four of Cinedigm's ad-supported linear channels on its platform: CONtv, Dove Channel, Comedy Dynamics and Docurama.

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* Warner Media and Roku Inc. are in discussions over a deal for streaming service HBO Max, Variety reported, citing a Roku spokesperson.

* ABC (US) announced its roster for the 2020-21 TV season but not its full schedule, with the Disney-owned network renewing 19 series and offering up three new entries.

* Netflix confirmed the second season of "Summertime," the Italian original series produced by Cattleya, which is a part of ITV Studios Ltd. Francesco Lagi and Marta Savina will direct the second season.

* In other Netflix news, the company announced it will turn international bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan into a six-part series.

* Amazon acquired the rights to show supernatural movie "Run Sweetheart Run" from Blumhouse & Automatik, Deadline reported. The movie, which was originally slated for a May 8 theatrical release, will be streamed on Amazon Studios and Prime Video.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

* Sports streaming service DAZN will air multiple live Bundesliga matches in Germany and Switzerland under an extended deal with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH.

* TF1 Group plans to close its video-on-demand service MyTF1 at the end of July, Broadband TV News reported.

* Dailymotion SA restored its video quality worldwide after imposing bandwidth limits in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Nordic Entertainment Group AB will launch its Viaplay streaming service in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the first quarter of 2021.

* Channel Four Television Corp.-owned channel E4 commissioned new digital content that will air on streaming service All 4, Google LLC's YouTube and across social media platforms.

* Vivendi SA's Polish unit Platforma Canal+ rolled out a new stand-alone streaming service for non-pay TV customers, Digital TV Europe reported.

* Sony Pictures Television Inc. sold rights to upcoming teen spy series "Alex Rider" in almost 100 territories, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Middle East and North Africa.

* Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s streaming service Starzplay acquired exclusive rights to Hulu LLC and BBC Three's hit drama series "Normal People" in nine European countries, Latin America and Japan, Variety reported, citing a statement.

* The BBC's iPlayer streaming service added 23 classic films produced by now-defunct Hollywood film studio RKO Pictures to its content offer.


* Huawei Video struck a deal to integrate Dailymotion's video player technology in its platform. The technology package includes a large volume of international and local video content via Dailymotion's application programming interface.

* Dimsum entertainment, a Malaysian video-on-demand service, inked a content agreement with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., The Star reported. Under the tie-up, Dimsum's dramas, movies and anime offerings will be available on Huawei Video.

* Chinese streaming service iQIYI Inc. rolled out Mist Theater, a new content library dedicated to suspense-themed content offerings.

* Eros Now, a South Asian entertainment platform owned by Eros International PLC, struck a partnership with investment house Allianz International Holdings Ltd. Under the partnership, Allianz Holdings will distribute Eros Now in Bangladesh.

* New Zealand's SKY Network Television Ltd. plans to develop a global rugby content business based on its recently acquired streaming service RugbyPass Ltd.

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