Like the proverbial bus, a trio of VOD stories have come along on the same day.
Amazon have just announced their acquisition of exclusive UK rights for the series Extant, which stars Halle Berry as an astronaut returning to a difficult family environment after being away on a long mission in space. Amazon UK will offer the series for streaming one day after its US broadcast under its Prime Account service - which has replaced the previous UK streaming service bought out by Amazon: LoveFilm. This continues the trend of Amazon and Netflix battling it out for the UK's VOD market space with major series being bought up with close-to-US air dates as part of the deal.
In other news, Sony and Disney have sold their joint venture FilmFlex, the VOD service provider that counts Virgin Media, Talk Talk and Film4 amongst its client base. The VOD service was sold to US company Vubiquity which also supplies on demand services and plans to merge FilmFlex's digital store and technical platform with its own services.
Finally, Freesat will be moving into the pay-as-you go VOD streaming business. The satellite TV operator in the UK has announced a deal with Curzon to offer moves on demand, including recent releases such as Blue is the Warmest Colour. This is Freesat's first move into offering paid content, as to date it has only offered some 200 subscription free channels and free on-demand channels like BBC iplayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand Five.