|By Business Wire||
|February 27, 2014 07:03 AM EST||
Tvigle Media, Russia’s leading online broadcaster, will screen the Russian premiere of season 2 of Hannibal – the first time a major TV series has been broadcast online before network TV in Russia.
Under a deal with Sony Pictures Television International Networks (SPT), Tvigle will bring the long-awaited second season of Hannibal to Russian viewers on March 1, immediately before the first episode airs on the Sony Sci-Fi channel and just one day after the US network premiere.
Subsequent episodes will be available on Tvigle.ru immediately after showing on Sony Sci-Fi.
All episodes will be broadcast free of charge on www.tvigle.ru, via Tvigle’s partner sites and on connected devices (smart TV, set-to-box and mobile devices).
Egor Yakovlev, Tvigle Media founder and CEO, said: “We are grateful to our partners Sony Pictures Television International Networks for their nuanced understanding of the Russian market and sensitivity toward the local audience. The Russian audience is really looking forward to Hannibal season 2, with viewers keen to watch it as soon as possible after its launch. Making it available on a legal platform for these viewers so soon after the US premiere will allow us to satisfy our audience’s needs and help us monetize the show in the Internet.”
Season 1 of Hannibal was a Russian internet hit, hooking more than a million unique viewers on Tvigle and its partner networks. The series won thousands of fans, and social media users praised Tvigle for bringing Hannibal to viewers free of charge over the Internet.
About Tvigle Media
Tvigle is Russia’s biggest provider of legal Internet video content. Its video-on-demand platform, tvigle.ru, is an easy-to-use portal offering a vast selection of legal, professional content for users to view where, when and how they want – on computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, media players, and games consoles.
Founded in 2007, Tvigle is the exclusive distributor in Russia of many series produced by leading Western TV networks. With a monthly audience of more than 8 million (TNS, December 2013) Tvigle Media is the leader in the field of professional online video in Russia.