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Extra: Hayu, Acorn TV reach new territories; Armoza sends “The Four” to Portugal

Hayu launches in three European markets NBCUniversal International-owned reality TV SVOD service Hayu has expanded its reach into the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Hayu launched in 2016 in the UK, Ireland and ...
December 11, 2018

Hayu launches in three European markets

NBCUniversal International-owned reality TV SVOD service Hayu has expanded its reach into the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Hayu launched in 2016 in the UK, Ireland and Australia and quickly expanded into Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark by the end of 2017. The service most recently launched in Canada earlier this year.

The Benelux launch is a key milestone in the streaming service’s plan to expand into 11 new countries by the end of 2018.

Hayu includes over 6,000 hours of of reality content from over 200 shows, most of which are available in international markets the same day they premiere in the U.S. Available titles include Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs along with The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises, Below Deck and Made in Chelsea.

The service is available across Benelux for €5.99 (US$6.79) per month.

Armoza’s The Four heads to Portugal

Portuguese prodco SP Entertainment has picked up local rights for singing competition format The Four (pictured) from Tel Aviv-based Armoza Formats.

The Four follows four exceptional singers competing for the top spot, with talented newcomers added to the mix in each episode.

The acquisition comes one week after the U.S. adaptation of the format The Four: Battle For Stardom, airing on Fox, won the award for best talent show at the National Film and TV Awards in LA.

“We believe that The Four is ideal for the Portuguese market as it is one of the few talent shows that truly brings tension and drama from the first episode,” said Piethein Bakkar, managing director of SP Productions, in a statement.

Acorn TV goes global

AMC Networks/RLJ Entertainment-owned North American streamer Acorn TV is now available in 30 new countries.

The SVOD service is known for offering British and international programming to North American audiences, and will now be available in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, 10 European countries, several South American countries, and 10 Caribbean countries.

The service was launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 and expanded last June to 12 Latin American countries.

Acorn TV is available via apps on Apple TV, Android, iPhone, iPad and Roku streaming players for $4.99 per month.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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