How ‘Homeland’ Complicates Showtime’s Transition to Streaming

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While Showtime Networks doesn’t have subscription VOD rights to “Homeland,” studios that produce series for the cabler are contractually prohibited from licensing them to SVOD services like Netflix while they are still on the air; 20th is currently in production on a fifth season of “Homeland,” to bow in September. […] But while HBO owns virtually all of the programming on its air, about 20% of Showtime’s content comes from external studios, though some of these shows are among the cabler’s biggest successes. In addition to 20th/”Homeland,” for instance, Warner Bros. produces “Shameless” and Sony Pictures Television produces “Masters of Sex.” – Andrew Wallenstein, Variety