Insight TV extends Swiss coverage with UPC deal

4K UHD HDR channel Insight TV has launched on UPC Switzerland’s platform, expanding its reach in the Swiss market, where it is available on all three other major platforms.  The launch means that UPC subscribers will be able to view 4K UHD content including Street Kings in Jail, esports show Modern Day Gladiators and Ghost […]

SPI International strikes deal with DocuBay

Channel provider SPI International has struck a licence agreement with DocuBay, the international membership-based VOD streaming service dedicated to premium documentary feature films. The deal includes seven of SPI International’s premium titles including Turandot, Small Cams – Big Beasts, Time Hopper, Eye to Eye with Everest: Death on a Mountain, Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Riders in the Land of […]

TFI and M6 secure Euro2020 rights

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have acquired exclusive free-to-air rights to air the UEFA Euro2020 competition.  The two groups have agreed to share the rights to the top 23 fixtures of the competition, comprising 12 group stage matches, including the opening matches of the French team, along with five last-16 matches, three quarter finals, […]

UKTV names Michaelides as chief marketing and innovation officer

BBC Studios-owned multichannel broadcaster UKTV has named Simon Michaelides as its new chief marketing and innovation Officer (CMIO). In this newly created role at the broadcaster, he will replace chief marketing and communications officer, Zoë Clapp, who is leaving the company. Reporting to UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur, Michaelides will lead the marketing, consumer communications, social […]

ProSiebenSat.1 chooses AWS as primary cloud provider

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has chosen AWS as its primary cloud provider and is working closely with AWS to adopt cloud services within all parts of its broadcast and digital media businesses, production companies, and e-commerce platforms.  Most of ProSiebenSat.1‘s brands have previously deployed applications on AWS, including its Joyn streaming platform, offering viewers over 20,000 […]

BBC’s Clementi makes case against subscription model 

A move away from licence fee finding to a subscription model means that the BBC would “no longer be the BBC you and I know” and would undermine the public service broadcaster principle of universality, according to Sir David Clementi, the pubcaster’s governor.  Speaking at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer at the end […]

Eleven Sports picks up Joshua-Ruiz match in three territories

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has secured rights to exclusive live coverage of the forthcoming Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr boxing match in Belgium, Portugal and Taiwan. Joshua will be fighting to reclaim the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles from Ruiz in Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 7. Eleven Sports viewers will […]

Vivendi and Mediaset gain another week, EGM set for January 10

The Milan court considering Vivendi’s case against Mediaset’s plan to merge its Italian and Spanish operations has adjourned a hearing due to be held at the end of last week until next Friday, giving the parties an additional week to come to some kind of agreement.   Mediaset’s board has meanwhile called for an EGM […]

Mediapro mulling IPO

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro is mulling an IPO one year after Chinese investment group Orient Hontai took a 53% stake in the company, Mediapro co-founder Tatxo Benet has told a Spanish newspaper. Speaking to financial daily Expansión, Benet said that the flotation would not be in the immediate future and that a final decision […]

Linear still the focus for WarnerMedia in Africa

WarnerMedia is currently amidst an incredibly exciting period of expansion.  Having being acquired by AT&T in 2018 in a US$85 billion deal, the company formerly known as Time Warner has undergone a huge transformation in a relatively short period of time to become a significant part of the telecommunications giant’s empire. This is perhaps best […]