Broadcasters


Madrid court orders Prisa to pay ‘football war’ damages to Mediapro

A Madrid court has ordered publishing group Prisa to pay €51 million in damages to Mediapro over the ‘football war’ between the pair that dates back over a decade. The damages relate to a ban on Mediapro exploiting audiovisual rights of the matches of a number of football clubs to that Mediapro had signed deals […]

Meo launches Disney pop-up channel

Altice-owned Portuguese pay TV and telecom operator Meo has launched a new pop-up channel from Disney, Disney WOW! The channel, aimed at the 6-11 year-old audience segment, includes action, adventure and comedy series. Shows on the channel include Mech-X4, Lab Rats and Wasabi Warriors. The channel’s launch is timed to coincide with the Portuguese school […]

EBU creates new learning hub for CEE

Public broadcaster organisation the EBU is teaming up with Slovakian Member RTVS to create a new EBU Academy regional learning hub in Bratislava.  A letter of intent has been signed by RTVS Director General Jaroslav Reznik and EBU DG Noel Curran. The hub is the third to be announced this year following the opening of similar academies […]

Altice France battles it out with Free in channel dispute

Altice France and telecom operator Free continue to be engaged in a stand-off over the retransmission of Altice’s free-to-air TV services on the Freebox platform. Altice has been seeking retransmission fees for the distribution of its channels on the model of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Altice France CEO Alain Weill, as reported by Le […]

Nordic Entertainment secures winter sports rights

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has acquired the exclusive Nordic media rights to winter sports competitions from Infront Sports & Media. The five-year deal secures the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and FIS Cross Country World Cup for NENT Group’s platforms and channels. From 2021, viewers of the Viaplay and Viafree streaming services, and Viasat pay TV and free […]

MTG completes Nova sale

Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its 95% majority stake in Nova Broadcasting Group in Bulgaria to local buyer Advance Media Group.   The all-cash transaction game Nova an enterprise value of €185 million. MTG said it will use the proceeds of the sale to further develop its global digital entertainment business […]

EBU calls for NMOS adoption to prevent delay in IP migration

Public broadcaster organisation the EBU has called for an accelerated adoption of the AMWA Network Media Open Specifications (NMOS) by equipment manufacturers and the wider TV industry. NMOS specifies protocols for unit discovery, registration and connection management in IP production environments based on the SMPTE ST-2110 standard. The EBU had already named NMOS as a […]

Russia’s Channel One launches war victory celebration channel

Russia’s Channel One has launched a new service celebrating the country’s victory in the second world war, one year ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Pobeda TV is a new free-to-air digital service that will broadcast Soviet-era films about the military and Russian films, TV series and documentaries about […]

Mediapro sees revenues jump

Spanish broadcaster and content producer Mediapro has posted a 20% increase in revenue for 2018, following its acquisition of premium sports rights at home and internationally and a ramping up of its production efforts. Mediapro, which earlier this announced the consolidation of its production company subsidiaries and increased investment in production under the new Mediapro […]

European Media Alliance chiefs reaffirm vows

The chief executives of companies participating in the European Media Alliance have reiterated their commitment to collaborating in areas including streaming, joint technology initiatives and new revenue opportunities. The group marked its fifth anniversary be convening in Vienna yesterday, at the digital 4Gamechangers Festival hosted by ProSiebenSat.1 and Puls 4. The CEOs of ProSiebenSat.1 Media, […]