By Colin Mann
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Internet television provider FilmOn.com has agreed a deal with Spanish state broadcaster TVE to stream an international version of the channel on a global basis.
The arrangement will see FilmOn become the first ever IPTV provider to enter into an agreement with TVE to stream the broadcasterís content straight to PCs and smartphones on a revenue share basis.
It will enable FilmOn users around the world to access premium Spanish content regardless of which territory they are in at the time. TVE is the first European state broadcaster to embrace the world of digital in this way via FilmOn, which already boasts 500 other channels that are mostly under licence from private broadcasters.
The arrangement will open up substantial new audiences to TVE, whilst enabling FilmOn to further consolidate its position as the leading player in the global IPTV market.
Gary Shoefield, SVP Programming (Europe) at FilmOn, said he had been working with TVE for a long time to put together the deal. ďAll national broadcasters throughout the world are now looking to the Internet to deliver them income, and FilmOn is again at the forefront of distribution to this global audience,Ē he declared. Fernando HernŠndez Berzal, Channel Sales Executive, said TVE would be able to explore new ways to reach its audiences worldwide.
FilmOn signed a similar agreement with Australian national broadcaster ABC earlier in 2013 and continues to expand its portfolio of content, that includes 500 channels, plus 45,000 hours of video casts which are updated on a rolling basis.