Broadcasters


SPI/FilmBox expands deal with Latvia’s Balticom

SPI/FilmBox has expanded its channel distribution agreement with Latvian cable operator Balticom. In addition to FilmBox Baltic, FilmBox Arthouse, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, Erox, and Gametoon, Balticom subscribers will have now access to FunBox UHD. Balticom is the first telecommunications provider in Latvia that has officially launched UHD TV channels, and the expanded partnership with SPI/FilmBox gives its subscribers […]

Apple, tech firms should be pressured to support ATSC 3.0, says NAB chief

Technology companies should be pressured to support the integration of ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcasting technology in mobile devices, according to Gordon Smith, president and CEO, NAB. Speaking at the opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Smith said that next-generation TV, enabled by ATSC 3.0, would bring benefits including 4K UHD video, interactive applications […]

US broadcasters team up for ATSC 3.0 rollout

A coalition of US broadcast television station groups, including both network owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, as well as public broadcasters, has unveiled plans to deploy Next-Gen TV – meaning TV based on the ATSC 3.0 specifications ­- in the 40 largest U.S. TV markets by the end of 2020. Participating companies include Fox Television Stations, […]

NAB Show attendees get Phoenix ATSC 3.0 trial update

Work towards implementing the new US advanced TV standard, ATSC 3.0, has made some progress over the last year, with NAB Show attendees yesterday hearing about trials in Phoenix, Arizona, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. Peter Van Peenen, a consultant to channel group Pearl TV, provided an update on a key trial in Phoenix, Arizona […]

The BBC and Discovery: getting back together

One of the signature movie genres of the 1930s was the ‘comedy of remarriage’: films – often starring Cary Grant and/or Katharine Hepburn – that featured married couples who split up, dallied temporarily with other partners, but who ultimately got back together again. Without doubt this week’s biggest story would be the classic among classics […]

Altice France and Free in stand-off over channels

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a stand-off over the carriage of the former’s channels by the latter. Altice France said it was pulling its TV channels from Free’s TV platform after the pair failed to strike acceptable carriage terms, despite the intercession of media regulator the CSA as arbitrator. “Despite our position […]

Eurochannel launches in Slovenia with A1

European movies and series channel Eurochannel has debuted in Slovenia on Telekom Austria’s A1 Slovenia platform. A1 Slovenia subscribers will be able to view Eurochannel’s programming in a Slovenian localised version. To mark its launch in the country, Eurochannel will offer A1 Slovenia subscribers a selection of more than 80 exclusive European films and TV series. In April, […]

Mediapro names new Italian chief

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has named Eugeni Sallent as head of its Italian operation. Sallent, who previously headed up Mediapro’s Televideo operation in Colombia, will lead the group’s Rome and Milan-based operation in Italy. Prior to joining Mediapro, he worked in senior roles at Catalunya Radio and TV3, and headed up the launch of […]

BBC Studios looks to Netherlands in no-deal Brexit plan

BBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario. The commercial arm of the corporation is making the move in order to continue transmitting across the European Union if the UK leaves without a deal in place. The licenses in question are […]

T-Mobile US And Viacom unveil content deal for new mobile video platform

T-Mobile and Viacom in the US have unveiled a landmark deal that will bring Viacom TV channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount to T-Mobile’s new mobile video service, which is scheduled to launch later this year. The agreement will allow T-Mobile to offer live, linear feeds of the Viacom channels as well as […]