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DirecTV Japan has reached an agreement with upstart Japanese passenger carrier Skymark Airlines to promote the satellite platform on flights operated by the airline.

Under the deal, DirecTV programming guides will be placed at each seat on Skymark airplanes and the satellite platform will conduct other sorts of promotion on the airline. The deal is the first of its kind in Japan.

— Jon Herskovitz


Satcaster Galaxy Latin America has agreed to source subtitling systems from L.A.-based SoftNI Corp. for its pay-per-view programming.

Hughes-backed Galaxy, which offers an average 14 new releases per month across 30 PPV channels, will use SoftNI’s Subtitler Universal Editor to help translators with the editing, timing and formatting of subtitles.

— Andrew PaxmanE

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MIAMI — Continuing its drive into Latin America, Kushner-Locke has inked an all-windows distribution deal for Brazil with local player Top Tape.

Deal comprises a joint venture between K-L’s Chilean subsidiary Phoenix World Investments (PWI) and Top Tape, based in Rio and Sao Paulo, and will operate as Top Tape-PWI.

The venture will handle sales and licensing of K-L product for all windows and distribute K-L’s forthcoming cable net, Gran Canal Latino, which is slated to launch in November.

Top Tape-PWI’s theatrical slate includes “Very Bad Things” with Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater, “Susan’s Plan,” starring Nastassja Kinski and Billy Zane, and Lisa Stansfield starrer “Swing.”

Gran Canal, a film net being developed by PWI prez Arturo Feliu, is itself a joint venture between K-L and Spanish investor Enrique Cerezo.

— Andrew Paxman

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