Russian Tech Giant Yandex Licenses 'Castle Rock,' Other Warner Bros. TV Content
Under an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, the series, which airs on Hulu in the U.S., will be available to the company's paid subscribers.
The online giant Yandex, known as “The Russian Google,” has signed an agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to air recent TV series online, including Castle Rock.
“Thanks to collaboration with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, we will be able to treat our users to top-quality series of various genres,” Olga Filipuk, Yandex’s director of media services development, said in a statement. “The first series will be Castle Rock.”
“Many fans of Stephen King are anticipating it,” she went on to say. “Movies based on his books always generate interest, just like the film adaptation of It."
The deal is Yandex's first involving U.S. television content. The company said it will soon offer more Warner television series to its users, but those titles haven't yet been revealed.
Warner’s TV content will be available on KinoPoisk, the Russian analogue of IMDB, which Yandex owns.
To be able to watch it, users will have to subscribe to Yandex Plus, a service that provides access to the company’s various offerings for a fixed monthly fee of 169 rubles ($2.70).
Yandex’s movie offering also includes local and Hollywood features.