Broadcasters


DAZN to offer Eurosport channels in distribution pact with Discovery

Sports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain. Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered […]

Virgin Media to offer UHD sports, movies and boxsets from Sky in new deal

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has struck a new multi-year partnership with pay TV operator Sky, enabling viewers to have access to Sky channels including Sky Cinema and Sky Sports as well as making Sky’s UHD TV content, including sport and movies, available to its customers. Sky’sline up of entertainment, cinema and sports channels will continue […]

RTL steps up international exclusive content drive with new formats unit

RTL Group is stepping up its efforts to build exclusive content with the launch of Format Creation Group (FC Group), a new creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services. The new unit will be based in Hilversum and led by managing director Matthias Scholten (pictured), a long-time TV […]

Canal+ and Groupe Les Echos – Le Parisien acquire Mezzo

Vivendi-owned Canal+ and French news publisher Groupe Les Echos – Le Parisien have jointly agreed to acquire classic music channel Mezzo from Lagardère Group and France Télévisions. The 50:50 acquisition will see the publishing group take over responsibility for day to day management the of channel, including programming and marketing and communication. Canal+ will commercialise […]

SPI expands in Russia with Beeline TV deal

VEON-owned Beeline TV has signed a distribution deal with SPI/FilmBox that will expand the latter’s reach into Russia. The deal will give Beeline TV customers access to FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox, Fast & FunBox, FashionBox and FightBox, along with the flagship FilmBox channel. Murat Muratoglu, head of distribution at SPI, said: “We are delighted to announce […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

‘Faster than planned’ Com Hem integration boosts Tele2

Tele2 is set to continue its Swedish focus, following the “faster than planned” integration of Com Hem. Cable operator Com Hem was acquired by the Swedish telco in November 2018 in a deal that valued the former at SEK 26.0 billion (€2.65 billion). In the past quarter, Tele2 has also withdrawn much of its interest […]

Karen Bronzo promoted to EVP marketing at HGTV

Discovery’s HGTV has confirmed the promotion of Karen Bronzo to the role of SVP marketing. This expands her current responsibilities to include oversight of brand strategy and development of on-air/off-channel creative for the network.  Bronzo joined HGTV in 2013 as VP ad sales marketing. In this new role she will report directly to Jane Latman, […]

Mediaset hails court ruling against Vivendi’s Dailymotion

A Rome court has fined Vivendi-owned online video service Dailymotion €5.5 million for infringing Mediaset copyright by hosting some 995 videos without authorisation from 2006 onwards. The court also ordered Dailymotion to pay €100,000 in costs and imposed an additional penalty of €5,000 for each day that the offending videos remain on its site. The […]

CBS and Viacom reportedly pencilling August merger deal

CBS and Viacom have agreed an August 8 internal deadline to come to a merger agreement, according to CNBC. The news channel said that both companies had agreed to set the August deadline on the day both are due to report Q2 earnings, citing unnamed sources. While an actual announcement could be made sooner, or […]

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