Broadcasters


RTL launches revamped TV Now service

RTL Group’s domestic German arm, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, has revamped its OTT TV service TV Now with a range of new, exclusive shows, live content and popular German and US series in a new premium package priced at €4.99. The offering includes all 13 of RTL’s free and pay TV channels alongside on-demand content in […]

New chief for Montenegrin pubcaster

Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG has named Božidar Sundic as its new managing director. The RTCG Council appointed Sundic with a four-year mandate, with seven out of nine council members voting in favour and two abstaining. Sundic, an experienced journalist, started his career in 1982 in Radio Titograd. He has served as editor-in-chief and owner of […]

EU reaches agreement on SatCab directive

The European Union institutions have reached a political agreement on access to online TV and radio services across borders as part of a new SatCab directive. The changes agreed by the European Commission, Parliament and European Council introduce the country of origin principle to enable licensing of rights for programmes that broadcasters want  to offer […]

BBC revamping BBC+ content discovery app

The BBC has refreshed its experimental content discovery app,  BBC+, to take advantage of advanced data capabilities that the broadcaster’s technical team believe could deliver a superior personalised experience. The current BBC+ app is mostly provided by BBC News and replicates the BBC homepage. The BBC’s Datalab and the BBC+ app development teams have now […]

Kantar: reality TV driving social engagement with television

Reality TV has driven the highest level of social engagement of television content in the UK over the past year, according to a study by Kantar Media. Kantar recorded 75 million TV Tweets over the 12 months from December 2017 to November 2018, resulting in a total of 28 billion impressions. Entertainment programmes are the […]

Meo adds French channels to programming line-up

Altice Europe-owned Portuguese service provider Meo has added French public broadcaster France Télévisions’ main domestic channels to its TV offering. Meo has added France 2, France 3 and France 5 in HD to its line-up of channels. The three channels are now available to Meo ADSL and fibre customers in the France TV premium package, […]

TV4 launches dynamic targeted advertising with Com Hem and Boxer

Bonnier Broadcasting-owned Swedish broadcaster TV4 has launched dynamic customised advertising with Tele2-owned cable operator Com Hem and its digital-terrestrial unit Boxer. According to Bonnier Broadcasting, the launch with the Com Hem Play and Boxer Play services means that advertising can be customised in real-time to ensure that more relevant ads are served to customers. Targeting […]

STV Player launches on Virgin TV

Scottish commercial broadcaster STV has launched its video-on-demand service, STV Player, on Virgin TV set-tops from Liberty Global-owned cable operator Virgin Media. The move, which follows the signing of a four-year strategic partnership deal between STV and Virgin Media earlier this year, will integrate the STV Player app and STV catch-up programming on Virgin TV […]

EBU elects new board

European public broadcasters organization the EBU has elected a new executive board, with nine executives from public media across the continent joining EBU president Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, and vice-president Delphine Ernotte, director-general of France Télévisions. The other new members of the board are: Ibrahim Eren, director-general of Turkey’s TRT; Marcello Foa, the […]

Crash-out Brexit threatens ‘huge disruption’ to broadcast

A no-deal Brexit would have a disastrous impact on the UK broadcasting sector, according to commercial broadcasters association COBA. Ahead of the UK parliament’s likely rejection of prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU, COBA warned that crashing out of the EU would create huge disruption for broadcasters, their workforce and suppliers and […]

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