No end in sight to TV4 dispute as Almqvist blames Com Hem streaming rights move

The dispute between Telia-owned Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 and Tele2-owned cable operator Com Hem is a very long way from being solved, according to TV4 CEO Casten Almqvist, who has blamed the cable operator’s insistence on including OTT TV rights as part of a deal for the breakdown. TV4 and pay TV […]

Barcelona tops pile of La Liga TV earners

La Liga has revealed how much money each team from the top two tiers of Spanish football received for the 2018/19 season.  Unsurprisingly, league winners and Champions League semi-finalists Barcelona sit atop the list with TV earnings of €165.5 million, while Real Madrid are in second with €155.3 million. Athletico Madrid in third with €119.2 […]

Telia and Tele2 at loggerheads as TV4, C More disappear from Com Hem

Sweden’s largest commercial broadcaster, Telia-owned TV4, and sister pay TV service C More have disappeared from the country’s largest cable network Com Hem, owned by rival telco Tele2 after the pair failed to agree carriage terms. The switch-off of TV4 means that the broadcaster has lost distribution to about a third of the country’s population. […]

NENT in staff cutting plan, writes off free TV content

Free and pay TV provider Nordic Entertainment (NENT) has unveiled plans to make annual savings of SEK250 million (€24 million) from cutting back staff and enable continued investment in its Viaplay streaming offering. The group will also report a one-off charge of approximately SEK700 million for this quarter comprising redundancy costs and the write-down of free […]

Telefónica turns to Eutelsat for RTVE channels

Spanish telecom operator Telefónica has signed a multi-year capacity contract for public broadcaster RTVE with satellite operator Eutelsat for capacity at its flagship Hotbird neighbourhood. Telefónica has chosen Eutelsat’s key orbital position at 13° East to broadcast RTVE free-to-air content consisting of two HD channels: TVE Internacional Europa, the broadcaster’s international Spanish general interest channel, and the […]

Red Bee signs Fox Sports Netherlands deal 

Media services firm Red Bee has signed a multi-year deal with Fox Sports in the Netherlands.  Under this agreement, Fox Sports will utilise Red Bee’s multi-tenant IP-based global MCR Platform in Hilversum. Red Bee will also provide mobile encoding kits for 38 football stadiums, delivering signals from the Dutch premier and second tier league.  Additional […]

Molotov signs up Viacom for channel distribution

French streamer Molotov has announced a multi-year distribution deal with Viacom.  The deal will see a range of Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central added to the platform. Viacom channels BET, Game One and Paramount were already available on Molotov. Grégory Samak, managing director of Molotov said: “Such a deal will strengthen our […]

EBU secures Fifa Club World Cup rights

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s Eurovision Sport has signed a deal with Japanese agency Dentsu for exclusive media rights to the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and 2020.  The EBU is an international alliance of 56 public service media organisations, and includes the likes of ITV, Channel 4, TF1 and RTE. It is best-known for […]

Canal+ in talks with beIN for exclusive Ligue 1 distribution and sublicensing

Canal+ has entered into talks with beIN Sports with a view to entering into an exclusive distribution and sublicensing deal in France, the Qatar broadcaster has said.  In a release issued on Monday, the broadcaster said that the proposed agreement would offer beIN Sports’ premium channels and content while also being the exclusive distributor of […]

MBC hires M7 chairman d’Halluin as CEO

MBC Group, the Saudi-controlled broadcaster that is the largest in the Middle East, has appointed Marc Antoine d’Halluin as its CEO. d’Halluin will join the company on January 5, and replaces Sam Barnett who left in October after 17 years.  The new CEO previously served as chairman of M7 Group, which operates in Austria, Belgium, […]

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