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Bitmax to Digitize, Distribute ‘Flying Doctors’ Across Streaming Services Worldwide

Digital media management and licensing firm Bitmax has been tapped by UK distribution firm Eaton Films to digitize the Australian mini-series “The Flying Doctors” on iTunes and Amazon Prime, the companies announced.

Bitmax will digitize the original recordings of the Crawford Production series — previously only available on DVD — and will manage the distribution and licensing to both streaming platforms.

The series — which ran for nine seasons in the 1980s — will be available for streaming in July.

“The Crawford catalogue contains some absolute gems, and it’s very exciting for Bitmax to help get this content onto the digital platforms so that Crawford can realise its full commercial value and reach a wider audience,” said Tristan O’Dwyer, EMEA sales director at Bitmax.

The Australian drama TV series from Crawford Productions  revolves around the everyday lifesaving efforts of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia in the Outback.

“We are very happy to be working with Bitmax to get ‘The Flying Doctors’ mini-series released digitally for the first time,” said Louise Rimoldi, sales director for Eaton Films. “The response to the planned release has been welcomed by the many fans of the series and we will consider future options not only for ‘The Flying Doctors’ series of 234 episodes but also the rest of Crawford’s catalogue.”