Stan signs deal with CBS Studios as Fetch TV adds BBC First to its service

Stan logoStan has announced a further non-exclusive content deal as it continues to round out its back-catalogue offering, with CBS Studios International the latest to sign a non-exclusive content licensing agreement with the streaming platform, as rival Fetch TV adds a further seven channels, including BBC First and Universal Channel, to its platform.

The news follows Stan signing a content deal with BBC Worldwide earlier this month, a deal with MGM which saw the platform secure the streaming rights to Fargo and a deal with SBS which sees its World Movies content available on the platform. Today Seven West Media announced it was tying up with Foxtel’s Presto service to add TV to its catalogue.

Stan’s agreement with CBS Worldwide will bolster the back catalogue offering, with earlier series of shows currently under broadcast deals with some Australian networks including The Good Wife (Ten), Blue Bloods (Ten), Nurse Jackie (Ten), Californication (Ten), Dexter (Ten). Showtime series Ray Donovan, which airs on Foxtel, is also included in the deal.

CBS Global Distribution Group president and CEO Armando Nuñez said: “We’re pleased to be a part of the new Stan service which will further showcase CBS programming in this important region. This agreement creates a new revenue stream for us in the market while expanding the fan base for our popular current and classic series.”

It also sees the inclusion of the Star Trek: The Original Series, along with all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the complete collection of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as CSI, including spin off series CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, available on the platform.

The consumer name for the platform was announced last month, with the company also confirming it had secured the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said: “With Stan, Australians will have a value-for-money entertainment service that makes premium content accessible to everyone. CBS have a proven track record of creating the most watched TV shows, loved by audiences around the world. This is why we’ve committed to bringing their flagship dramas and the best of their catalogue to Stan.”

Coinciding with Stan’s announcement was the news that rival Fetch TV would be adding seven new channels to its service from February next year, however the announcement also noted that the service would no longer offer six channels including Fox Sports News, Discovery Home & Health, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo.

In place of the channels will be BBC First, The Food Network, Universal Channel, Nat Geo WILD, BBC Knowledge, HGTV and BBC UKTV which will be added to the Fetch TV Entertainment Pack at no extra cost.

The announcement follows on from Fetch TV adding ESPN and ESPN 2 for Optus Fetch TV subscribers last month.

Scott Lorson, CEO of FetchTV said: “Fetch TV and our partners are committed to offering Australian consumers an exceptional entertainment experience. Today we add to our challenger credentials with a significant upgrade to our content offering. With the addition of 7 premium channels, Fetch TV subscribers can now enjoy a market leading base pack that includes 36 channels from leading providers including; BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, MTV, ESPN, Disney, Nickelodeon and Scripps Networks, from just $15 per month.

“We are very to pleased to respond to feedback from our customers who have been requesting the addition of the “best of the BBC”, including the acclaimed BBC First. We are also delighted to be the first to introduce two of the world’s most loved Lifestyle channels, Food Network and HGTV, from market leader Scripps Networks, to the Australian market. The inclusion of Nat Geo WILD, along with the high quality character based Universal Channel are also expected to be a huge hit with our subscribers”.

Both announcements follows on from this mornings news that Seven West Media has signed on with Foxtel’s streaming service Presto with TV programming set to be added to the service from next year.

Miranda Ward


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