FCC approves ATSC 3.0 but splits on partisan lines

The US Federal Communications Authority has approved the new ATSC 3.0 standard for use by broadcasters, enabling them to offer advanced interactive services to complement over-the-air signals, including targeted advertising. The FCC voted three to two to approve the standard, with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voting against and expressing concern that the measure […]

C More sports channels on Viasat for first time

Swedish pay and TV broadcaster Bonnier Broadcasting has secured a deal with Modern Times Group’ that will see its C More sports channels appear on the MTG Viasat pay TV platform for the first time. C More’s sports channels will appear on the platform from the first quarter of next year. The deal also secures […]

Viacom makes gains, despite increased programme costs

Viacom reported a year-on-year increase in revenue and earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, but the company’s media networks division was impacted by increased programming expenses. Viacom said that revenues at media networks – the unit that includes brands like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central – were up 3% overall to US$2.55 billion, driven by […]

Canal+ secures Women’s World Cup rights from TF1

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the pay TV rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup from commercial broadcaster TF1. Under its deal with TF1, Canal+ will air all 52 matches of the tournament, which takes place in France in June and July 2019. TF1 will meanwhile air the 25 best matches from […]

CBS completes acquisition of Australia’s Network Ten

CBS Networks has completed its acquisition of Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten. The deal puts the US media giant in control of core linear channel Ten, as well as digital terrestrial television (DT) channel Eleven, which CBS already had a stake in. Other Network Ten assets covered by the transaction are the DTT channel One […]

ITV: good TV translates across all screens

Good TV translates across different screen types and it is up to viewers to figure out the best way to access that content, according to ITV’s managing director of online, Paul Kanareck. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London yesterday, Kanareck challenged a number of percieved ‘truisms’ in the industry – such as young […]

BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. […]

Digital UK calls for move beyond ‘salami slicing’ DTT spectrum

Digital UK has called for a move beyond “salami slicing DTT spectrum”, after commissioning a new study on ultra high frequency (UHF) bandwidth use. ‘The defragmentation dividend’ white paper, conducted by telecoms specialists Aetha Consulting, explores the scope for a “fundamental rethink” of how UHF spectrum is used by mobile operators. With the 700Mhz band […]

ProSiebenSat.1 renews SES deal

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has renewed a distribution agreement with satellite operator SES for its free-to-air channels in standard definition via the 19.2° East orbital slot. SES will provide satellite capacity for the unencrypted transmission of the channels ProSieben, Sat.1, kabel eins, sixx, Sat.1 GOLD, ProSieben Maxx and Kabel Eins Doku, as well as the regional […]

TV4’s Berg named as C More COO, CEO departs

Swedish broadcasting group Bonnier Broadcasting, owner of free-to-air broadcaster TV4 and pay TV outfit C More, has named Mathias Berg as operational manager for both TV4 and C More. Berg, who is currently COO of TV4, will add C More to his responsibilities, with the task of further coordinating and integrating the pair’s activities, particularly […]

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