Broadcasters


BBC exploring BBC Four global subscription service plan

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial arm […]

TF1 reportedly planning to shut down TVOD service

French commercial broadcaster TF1 plans to shut down its transactional VOD service MYTF1VOD by the end of July, according to report by local business title Capital. According to the report, which doesn’t name its sources, the broadcaster is looking to transfer rights with producers that run beyond the cut-off date of the end of July […]

Broadcasters facing content drought in coronavirus hangover

Broadcasters are potentially facing long-term scheduling headaches with more than half of scripted TV shows facing delays. According to a new report from Ampere Analysis, the underlying effects of production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. The research firm estimates that in the second […]

Thema brokers two deals for Russia

Wildlife channel Love Nature 4K has launched on Russian service provider Rostelelecom’s Wink service. The agreement which will provide a raft of Ultra HD natural history shows via the Love Nature linear channel, was brokered by Thema Rus and overseen by Chiara Mckee, VP, EMEA global networks, Blue Ant Media. The launch on Rostelecom expands […]

Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television extend partnership

Russian service provider Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television have extended their relationship for a further two years in a deal that gives Tricolor rights to broadcast over 120 films, including titles in the Ultra HD format. The audience of Tricolor’s UHD Cinema TV channel now have access to movies including Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, Bad […]

Telia agrees OTT licensing deal with Discovery for TV4 and C More channels

Nordic telco Telia has secured EC approval for a deal that will see it license OTT rights to its linear channels to Discovery in Sweden and Finland. The EC had previously made it a condition of its approval for Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting-owned Swedish and Finnish commercial broadcasters TV4 and MTV and pay TV […]

ViacomCBS appoints international streaming and mobile head

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has promoted Ezequiel ‘Quelo’ Fonseca Zas, formerly SVP of emerging business for VCNI Americas, to general manager of streaming and mobile for international.    For his streaming responsibilities, Fonseca Zas will report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, VCNI’s president of streaming and studios, and for his mobile responsibilities to Raffaele Annecchino, president of […]

TV4 secures La Liga rights

Telia-owned TV4 Media has followed up last week’s acquisition of UEFA Champions League rights from next year by extending its current rights to top-tier Spanish football. The Swedish broadcaster has acquired  LaLiga rights until the end of the 2025-26 season in both Sweden and Finland. In addition to club football from Italy’s Serie A and LaLiga, TV4 and the group’s pay TV arm C […]