Broadcasters


Slovakia’s JOJ acquires Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost

Slovakian commercial broadcast outfit JOJ Group has agreed the acquisition of 100% control of Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost, which operates channels CS Film, CS Mini, Horor film, War TV and Kinosvět and online video portal Filmpopular.cz. JOJ Group parent company Slovenská Produkčná’s acquisition of Československá Filmová Společnost is conditional on approval by regulator […]

SPI/FilmBox expands distribution with UPC Hungary

SPI International/FilmBox has extended a distribution agreement with Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary. The three-year agreement extension comes with an increased number of FilmBox channels; Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD; Eroxxx HD have been included to the FilmBox Premium package. FilmBox On Demand, which offers a wide variety of genres including Hollywood blockbusters and […]

MGM reportedly looking for partner for Epix

MGM is looking to sign up a strategic partner for its Epix pay TV service, according to a report by The Information, citing unnamed sources. According to The Information, MGM chairman Kevin Ulrich is working with investment bank LionTree to find a potential partner, and has approached entertainment companies about a possible tie-up, which would […]

Eutelsat wins Ethiopian contracts

Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed new multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite, representing an increase in resources contracted. According to Eutelsat, both media groups will enjoy nationwide coverage for their free-to-air DTH platforms, representing a total of 30 […]

BBC to create BBC Three strip on BBC One

The BBC is to create a dedicated slot devoted to the best of BBC Three programming on its flagship channel. From March 4, programmes from the BBC’s youth-focused online-only channel will air on BBC One from 22:35 from Monday to Wednesday after a truncated News at Ten. The Question Time discussion show will continue to […]

Eleven Sports secures distribution with all operators in Portugal

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has now secured distribution deals with all four major TV operators in Portugal. The latest agreements meant that Eleven Sports will be available for subscription on TV platforms in 3.9 million homes, achieving 100% Pay TV distribution in the country. Eleven has struck deals with Altice, NOS and Vodafone alongside its original launch partner in the country Nowo. […]

Euskaltel to carry Mediapro eSports service

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has struck a deal to carry Mediapro’s eSports offering U-BEAT as part of its content line-up. U-BEAT offers more than 3,000 hours of competitions, news and magazine content about eSports. Euskaltel said that eSports was growing in popularity in Span, with an audience of about 5.5 million spectators and annual […]

RMC Sport debuts on Molotov

In a sign of the growing rapprochement between the pair, Altice France’s premium sports channels are to be distributed by OTT TV platform Molotov. Altice’s five RMC Sports channels will be made available to Molotov’s estimated seven million users for €18.99 a month without an ongoing contract, enabling Molotov viewers to tune in to UEFA […]

UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

Disney breaks out D2C numbers, looks at international Hulu launches

Disney broke out its revenues and operating loss for direct-to-consumer and international activities as a separate line for the first time in its Q1 results, posting revenues of US$918 million (€806 million), down 1%, and an operating loss of US$136 million, up from loss of US$42 million, for the unit. The company said that revenues […]

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