TV Guide Network to Stream ‘Ugly Betty’ Series22 Jul, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
TV Guide Network, which is 51% owned by Lionsgate, July 22 said it had acquired the cable and streaming rights to “Ugly Betty,” the ABC TV Emmy-winning series starring America Ferrera.
The deal, which is TV Guide’s first content license agreement since being acquired by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Lionsgate, includes access to existing and future episodes of “Ugly Betty,” which will begin airing weekly in fall 2010. TVGuide.com has the rights to stream up to five “Betty” episodes at a time online.
TV Guide Network, which reaches about 83 million homes, will repurpose new episodes of the series’ upcoming fourth season within two weeks of their primetime broadcast on ABC beginning in October.
“This acquisition is the first step of a larger, ongoing plan to strengthen our programming schedule and redefine TV Guide Network as a place to watch great television,” said Ryan O’Hara, president, TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com.
Lionsgate May 28 sold 49% interest in TV Guide and TVGuide.com to a private equity subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase for $123 million in cash. The mini-major acquired TV Guide in February for $255 million from Macrovision Corp.