Viewster Adds the Best in British Programming to Its Dynamic Content Lineup for U.S. Audience
Via New Agreement with FremantleMedia, over 110 Hours from Six Different BBC Series Now Available to American Viewers, Including Popular and Critical Hits Like That Mitchell and Webb Look, Merlin and Pulling
Zurich, Switzerland—October 9, 2013
— (Virtual Press Office
) -- Viewster, a leading service for Video on Demand, today announced that it has added a slate of new original programming for its viewers in the United States via a content licensing agreement with international distributor FremantleMedia. Viewster’s American audience will now have access to over 110 hours from six different BBC series—including popular and acclaimed shows like Merlin, That Mitchell and Webb Look, and Pulling—as well as Australian series Satisfaction.
“We’ve found that television series are increasingly becoming our most popular offering,” said Kai Henniges, CEO of Viewster. “This is especially true of series from across the globe that aren’t as easily accessible free and on demand. Our acquisition of content from FremantleMedia bolsters our library significantly.”
“FremantleMedia has a well-deserved reputation for the breadth and depth of its catalogue and this makes us a great partner for Viewster,“ said Jeff Siegel, Vice President Digital Distribution – U.S., FremantleMedia. “This agreement will ensure that Viewster’s audiences will get to enjoy a number of hit TV shows that have delighted audiences around the world.”
As part of the FremantleMedia agreement, Viewster’s audience will have full access to the complete run of That Mitchell and Webb Look, the popular, BAFTA-winning follow-up to Peep Show from creators David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The first two seasons of both the BBC’s popular Merlin and the critically acclaimed Pulling (2007 BAFTA nominee) will also be available. Additionally, British comedy Clone and Australian drama Satisfaction can now be seen on Viewster.
“The American on-demand viewer has an insatiable appetite for British series, and the content now available to us from FremantleMedia will help us satisfy that segment of our audience, while also hopefully helping to build it,” added Henniges.
Viewster is quickly becoming one of the most popular and content-rich ad-supported video-on-demand portals. The company has significantly ramped up its content acquisitions in the last year through a number of licensing agreements. The video-on-demand portal now has over 5000 titles and is consistently among the top 50 US destinations for online video in the U.S., according to ComScore. To start watching free series and movie programming instantly, or to learn more about Viewster, please visit http://www.viewster.com
Viewster is a leading free “on demand” service, offering a wide range of free and ad-supported series and movies. Based in Switzerland, Viewster is available in 120 countries worldwide. Viewster's service is available on the web at Viewster.com and is pre-installed on most Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Free-to-download mobile apps are available for Apple and Android tablets and smartphones. Learn more about Viewster: corp.viewster.com.
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world. It is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama, factual entertainment and kids & family programming, with market leading capabilities that extend from content creation to licensing, digital and branded entertainment, gaming and home entertainment. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia International, FremantleMedia Digital & Branded Entertainment, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia, Ludia, @radical.media and Original Productions, among others) has one of the most comprehensive global networks with operations in 25 countries, creating over 9,100 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and airing 400 programmes a year worldwide. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally produces such programmes as: Idols, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Take Me Out, Hole In The Wall, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Through the Keyhole Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeite, Wentworth, Neighbours, Generation War, Salatut Elamat, Grand Designs, Project Runway, Tree Fu Tom and Strange Hill High. FremantleMedia is part of RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, which is in turn 76.4 percent owned by the international media company Bertelsmann. http://www.fremantlemedia.com
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