LOVEFiLM signs deal to launch ABC TV on demand in UK


17 Jan 2012

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Amazon company LOVEFiLM has joined forces with Disney UK to bring US TV series from ABC Studios to LOVEFiLM UK members.

The subscription video-on-demand service, ABC TV On Demand, will offer LOVEFiLM members on-demand streaming access to ABC Studios’ library of network and cable series.

From this month, series such as Castle, as well as all six seasons of popular TV series Lost, will be available to LOVEFiLM members with streaming packages.

The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Desperate Housewives, hit comedy Happy Endings, critically acclaimed medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer and every episode of Brothers & Sisters will also be available on-demand later in the year.

Shows will be launched as full seasons after their first run on UK pay and/or free TV, Amazon said. Previous seasons of some series will even be available to members before the next season airs on UK television.

“LOVEFiLM members want top class TV shows, as well as movies, to watch instantly as part of their subscription," said Simon Calver, CEO of Amazon’s LOVEFiLM. "(The) deal with Disney brings them access to some of the best American TV content ever produced."

Catherine Powell, senior vice-president/general manager, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, added: "Launching this service with LOVEFiLM means we are able to offer viewers more choice and flexibility in how and when they can view full seasons of these gripping shows, through one easy-to-use service.”