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Global edition: Netflix strikes Bollywood deal; Amazon expands Prime Video

The Program Guide's global edition highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms around the world.


* CBS Corp. said Dec. 19 that Horror Channel will become the exclusive U.K. broadcaster for "Star Trek: The Original Series." Starting Jan. 4, 2017, the series will air weeknights at 6 p.m., with following weekday repeats at 9 a.m. The show had aired on CBS Action since 2009. Horror Channel is owned by CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International.

* Viasat World Ltd. secured multititle deals with NBCUniversal LLC and Sony Pictures Television Inc., Broadband TV News reported Dec. 19. Hollywood TV series including "Pure Genius," "Grimm," "Emerald City," "House of Cards" and "Blacklist: Redemption" will have first-run broadcasts on TV1000 Premium HD across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Ukraine beginning in January 2017. The Modern Times Group unit also scored a two-year deal with Sony Pictures for 50 titles for TV1000 in Central Europe.

* Telefónica SA's Movistar+ is adding the docu-style reality series "El Puente" to its lineup of originals, according to a Dec. 14 report by TBI Vision. The show, commissioned with Endemol Shine Iberia-owned Zeppelin TV, will launch in 2017 as an exclusive on the channel #0.

* Sony Channel acquired the German rights to the eight-part political thriller "Baron Noir," a Canal + Création Originale series, C21 Media reported Dec. 14. Sony Channel will begin airing the drama across German-speaking territories in 2017. StudioCanal also licensed the series to Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) (AU) in Australia and Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. and Ireland.

* Sky Deutschland AG unveiled its new German original production, "Acht Tage," which counts down the final eight days of humanity, Digital TV Europe reported Dec. 14. The Sky plc unit is partnering with Munich-based studio Neuesuper on the show, which is slated to begin production in mid-2017, with exclusive broadcasts on Sky in Germany and Austria set for 2018.


* Netflix Inc. struck a content deal with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's production house Red Chillies Entertainment, according to a Dec. 15 announcement. Netflix will get exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to films from India-based Red Chillies, as well as any new movies released in Indian theaters within the next three years.

* Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Youku Business Division inked a three-year licensing deal with Oriental DreamWorks to release a bundle of DreamWorks Animation content in China, according to a Dec. 15 press release. The content will be made available on Youku Tudou Inc.'s video sites Youku and Tudou, and Tmall Box, the set-top box from Alibaba's home entertainment business. The first set of content pegged for release in January 2017 includes titles such as "Kung Fu Panda," "Shrek" and "How to Train Your Dragon."

* A Russian entrepreneur plans to launch a live online reality show similar to "The Hunger Games," The Siberian Times reported Dec. 15. "Game2: Winter" will follow 30 contestants in a nine-month survival competition in the Siberian wilderness. The show's creator, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, said it would be simulcast in multiple languages, and there has been interest from five unnamed countries to broadcast it. The show is slated to start in July 2017, with marketing materials claiming "everything is allowed."

* Inc. has made its Prime Video service available in more than 200 countries and territories, according to a Dec. 14 news release. The VOD service offers new shows like "The Grand Tour," as well as other original series like "The Man in the High Castle," "Transparent" and "Mozart in the Jungle." The content will be available in English, with options for subtitled and dubbed versions in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. In India, Prime members have access to new-release Bollywood and regional Indian movies, as well as Hollywood movies and day-after-broadcast U.S. TV shows.