Kiwi SVOD service bags Viacom shows

SpongeBobA new Netflix-style subscription on-demand service has acquired Beavis and Butt-Head, South Park and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Lightbox’s deal with Viacom International Media Networks is for more than 400 hours ofprogramming, handing the locally-owned SVOD service streaming rights to theshows.

Also included in the package are live action series such as Workaholics, Awkward and iCarly, and preschool series Dora The Explorer, Team Umizoomi and Bubble Guppies.

Spark New Zealand’s digital arm launched Lightbox last Thursday (August 28) as a no-contract service that offers around 5,000 videos across laptops, iPads, Apple Airplay and Apple TV.

A 30-day free trial is being offered to entice customers. Subsequent monthly fees will be NZ$15 (US$12.50).

Spark New Zealand was formerly known as New Zealand Telecom. It has invested an estimated NZ$20 million in Lightbox so far.

Spark New Zealand, Lightbox, Beavis and Butthead, Dora The Explorer, Team Umizoomi, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, Workaholics, Awkward and iCarly.