Broadcasters


Mediapro welcomes ‘landmark’ piracy sentence

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has welcomed what it describes as a landmark penalty and prison sentence imposed by a Málaga court on individuals behind a pirate network that sold decoders that accessed pirated premium football content.  The court levied fines totalling €500,000 on the outfit and sentenced its administrator to six months in prison […]

France Télévisions looking to add movies to catch-up

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is looking to extend its catch-up TV service to encompass movies as well as TV programmes, according to report by financial daily Les Echos.  Currently, only Canal+ and culture channel Arte are licensed to show movies in a catch-up window. However, according to Les Echos, France Télévisions, which has tried […]

UKTV’s CMO stepping down

UKTV chief marketing and communications officer Zoë Clapp is leave the UK channels outfit following its acquisition by BBC Studios last year.  UKTV said that Clapp, who joined the broadcaster in 2005, had overseen the outfit’s marketing, communications, creative, media, social and online times through a period that saw UKTV increase its share of viewing […]

Sky Sports to become exclusive home of the Masters

Sky Sports has won the exclusive UK rights to the Masters, the first major golf tournament of the season.  From 2020, pay TV channel Sky Sports Golf will be the only place that UK viewers will be able to see the premier golf tournament. The deal extends a relationship between Sky and the Masters that […]

Mediapro latest to reject bid for Saudi-hosted Supercopa

No Spanish broadcaster has bid for rights to the Supercopa club football competition following the decision of the  the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), the governing body of Spanish football, to relocate the competition to Saudi Arabia.  The RFEF has struck a lucrative three year deal to have the tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia, with the […]

Ampere Analysis: Nordic broadcasters turning to originals in battle with SVOD giants

Nordic broadcasters are increasingly focusing on local originals and collaborating with each other to produce them in their battle with international SVOD giants such as Netflix, according to a report by Ampere Analysis.  According to Ampere, only 3% of Netflix titles in Sweden are local, while only 1% of Amazon Prime titles are from the […]

Altice Portugal slams ANACOM 700MHz clearance schedule

Altice Portugal has slammed local regulator ANACOM’s plans for clearance of the 700MHz band currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. Describing the timetable presented by the regulator as “unrealistic and impossible to meet”, the operator said that ANACOM had disregarded the need to carry out technical work ahead of the rollout of new transmitters.  Altice Portugal […]

Liberty Global’s John Malone increases Discovery stake

Liberty Global chairman John Malone has increased his stake in Discovery, purchasing US$75 million (€68.15 million) in stocks.  In total, Malone – who was already the company’s largest individual shareholder and has a seat on the board of directors – purchased 2.7 million shares at US$28.03. This follows Malone’s US$33 million (€30 million) stock buy […]

BeIN announces launch of free channel beIN Sports Xtra

Qatar’s beIN Sports has announced the US launch of beIN Sports Xtra. The free English-language channel will offer live sports, news, analysis and highlights that promises to “bring viewers closer to the game”. Launching initially on the Roku Channel, the company said that of beIN Sports Xtra will utilise its existing English and Spanish feed […]

Prince Andrew Newsnight special draws record audience

An episode of BBC Two investigative strand Newsnight that featured Prince Andrew discussing his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has gripped the UK and drawn record ratings. In the episode, the prince is interviewed by Newsnightjournalist Emily Maitlis about his relationship with US financier Epstein, who committed suicide this summer while awaiting trial for […]

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