Broadcasters


BBC iPlayer records ‘strongest month to date’

The BBC iPlayer on-demand service recorded its strongest month to date in October, boosted by the popularity of hit series Killing Eve, Doctor Who and The Cry. BBC iPlayer recorded 334 million requests in October, up 18% year-on-year, with a new record for average daily requests of 10.8 million. Based on number of requests, October […]

Mediaset agrees sale of digital-terrestrial operations unit

Mediaset has agreed the sale of 100% of R2, the company that controls the technical platform for its pay TV service Mediaset Premium, to Sky. The sale of the platform allows Mediaset to retain control of its premium channel offering, and Mediaset will also continue to manage Mediaset Premium’s customer base. The sale of the […]

Mediapro targets Spanish-speaking eSports fans with U-BEAT service

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro is launching a new eSports OTT TV service targeted at Spanish-speaking fans worldwide, U-BEAT, which managing partner Tatxo Benet has described as “a significant step” in its development of its eSports strategy. Mediapro used the Barcelona World Games, a major eSports event currently running in Medapro’s home city, to present […]

LOVEStv launches in Spain

LOVEStv, the joint HbbTV-based platform created by Spanish broadcasters RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset España has launched officially. The service’s backers predict that LOVEStv will be installed in two million TV sets by the end of this year. The service currently provides access to seven-day catch-up from its partners, as well as the possibility to start […]

Altice Portugal condemns regulator’s DTT price ruling

Altice Portugal reacted negatively after Portuguese regulator ANACOM ordered Altice-owned incumbent telco and transmission services provider Meo to cut the price it charges for the transport and transmission of digital-terrestrial TV signals by 15.16% following a public consultation. Altice said that the move was “unfair” and would have “a negative impact on the future of […]

WarnerMedia hires AT&T exec for streaming service

WarnerMedia has appointed AT&T Entertainment’s Brad Bentley as general manager and executive VP for direct-to-consumer development for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch in late 2019. Bentley will be responsible for overall product coordination and for delivering the new WarnerMedia streaming service. He will manage overall cost, schedule and performance of the service. The […]

YouView looking to AI and voice to enhance discovery

YouView, the UK digital TV joint-venture platform used primarily by BT and TalkTalk TV customers, aims to tap artificial intelligence and voice-based navigation to identify who is watching and present content based on who is watching and factors such as the time of day, according to Sion Wynn Jones, product director, YouView. Speaking at the […]

SPI International launches Gametoon HD in Sweden

Channel provider SPI International’s has launched gaming channel Gametoon HD in the Swedish market through a new agreement with Swedish TV provider Kalejdo. The deal extends the existing carriage of SPI channels on Kalejdo’s platform to eight channels in total.  Kalejdo, which already features SPI channels such as 360TuneBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FightBox, and FilmBox Arthouse, will […]

TF1 secures handball deal with BeIN Media

French broadcaster TF1 has struck a deal with pay TV outfit BeIN Sports to acquire the rights to air a number of matches from IHF World Championship handball tournaments from 2019-25, for both men’s and women’s events. TF1 will be the exclusive free-to-air distributor of the Championship, and will air three matches featuring the French […]

ProSiebenSat.1 launches ‘vertical content division’ for mobile

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has launched a new ‘vertical content division’ or VERT as part of its Studio71 digital content unit to provide mobile content in the 9:16 format for consumption on mobile phones. ProSiebenSat.1 said that the vertical format was in high demand on platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat and among young target groups […]