Broadcasters


Viacom to beam German channels directly to cars with Access deal

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is adding a selection of its channels to mobile IT solutions provider’s Access Twine4Car product.  The deal will see Access acquire the rights to make linear feeds of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available in German-language for integration into in-car infotainment systems being developed by German car manufacturers. The channels […]

Virgin Media and eir to carry each other’s sports channels

Irish telco eir and Virgin Media have penned a deal that will see an exchange of sports channels.  Virgin Media customers will receive eir sport, while eir customers will get Virgin Media Sport as a part of their sport pack. In Ireland, Virgin Media Sport carries over 300 matches of the UEFA Champions League, the […]

Controversial CEO Worner resigns from Seven West Media

Tim Worner, the CEO of Australian free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media, has resigned from his position with immediate effect. He held the role for six years.  The shock announcement comes days before the company is expected to present its full year financial results.  The CEO, who previously served as chief digital and sales officer at […]

ITV signs free to air La Liga deal

British PSB ITV has signed a deal with La Liga to cover the kick off of the new season. Announced a little more than 24 hours ahead of the season-opener, the broadcaster will present one game from each of the first three match day on ITV4. ITV will also air weekly La Liga highlights throughout […]

Charter signs Disney deal with potential for streaming distribution

US telco Charter and Disney have signed an expanded distribution deal which opens the door to the future possibility of carrying Disney’s streaming services Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney +. The multi-year deal will see the telco’s Spectrum service offer a range of Disney’s ever-increasing roster of TV channels, including ESPN, the soon-to-launch ACC Network and […]

Mediapro names Discovery exec as head of new French football channel

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has named Discovery France chief Julien Bergeaud as director-general of its French operation to head up the launch of its dedicated football channel, which will air top-tier French football from the 2020-21 season. Mediapro said that the channel that it will launch in the summer of next year will offer […]

OTT platforms to benefit from CBS/Viacom merger “in the very near future”

The OTT platforms of ViacomCBS will see a boost from the just-concluded merger “quite soon”, the company’s top execs have confirmed. Speaking on a conference call, CBS chairman and CEO Joe Ianniello identified direct-to-consumer streaming as one of the company’s key pillars of growth, and said that the breadth of content made available by the […]

CBS and Viacom confirm merger

The on-again, off-again reunification of CBS and Viacom has finally reached its end, with the companies announcing a definitive agreement to combine.  The deal, struck on August 13, will create a company with more than US$28 billion (€25 billion) in revenue and boast the largest share of US TV audience of any broadcaster (22%). In […]

Joyn partners aim for winter premium launch and international expansion

Joyn, the German streaming joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, will likely add its premium SVOD tier to the existing free offering over the winter with over 10 original shows, a “vast library” and next year’s Olympic Games, with plans for international expansion next year, according to ProSiebenSat.1 chief executive Max Conze. Speaking on ProSiebenSat.1’s […]

CBS and Viacom agree merger price

CBS and Viacom have reached an agreement to re-merge the companies after 13 years apart. According to sources speaking to Reuters, the companies have agreed that Viacom shareholders will receive 0.59625 CBS shares for each share they own. This represents a slight discount to Viacom’s closing price on Friday. While we await an official confirmation, […]