France Televisions and TF1 claim compensation for Canal+ free-to-view move 

French broadcasters France Televisions and TF1 have taken legal action against Canal+ and claimed over €40 million in compensation over the latter’s decision to air a number of movies free-to-view during the COVID pandemic lockdown last year.   The pair have accused the pay TV broadcaster of ignoring France’s strict windowing regime by jumping the […]

RAI turns to Nagra for FTA watermarking

Italian pubcaster Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI) has become the first free-to-air broadcaster to utilise watermarking against piracy. The broadcaster has partnered with content protection firm NAGRA for the deployment, and is leveraging its NexGuard forensic watermarking and Anti-Piracy Services Platform to protect its streaming content and related advertising revenues. For RAI, NAGRA’s solution inserts NexGuard […]

London Marathon could leave BBC

Organisers of the London Marathon are considering broadcast deals that would see it leave the BBC. The pubcaster has covered the major event since its first outing 40 years ago, but event director Hugh Brasher has revealed that the organiser could not renew its rights deal with the BBC when it expires after the 2021 […]

EBU finds that 5G broadcast and DTT can share UHF band and broadcast infrastructure

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has concluded that 5G broadcast systems can be introduced alongside existing DTT in the UHF band. The reveal means that existing broadcast towers could be used to significantly enhance the coverage and minimise the cost of roll-out of the new technology. It also adds the potential to bring free-to-air content […]

RTL and Talpa Network sign merger deal

RTL Group and Talpa Network have signed agreements to merge their broadcasting and affiliated media businesses in the Netherlands and create a unified Dutch cross-media group. The merger, originally announced in June but which has now been approved by the two companies’ boards, is subject to approval from the competition authorities and is expected to […]

United Group’s Nova secures first-run NBCUniversal content

United Group-owned Greek pay TV operator Nova has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution for first run pay window rights for NBCUniversal’s films and TV series.  Feature films that will premiere exclusively on Novacinema channels include: F9: The Fast Saga, as well as all eight previous movies in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise, […]

Sony Pictures Networks India to merge with Zee Entertainment

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has struck a deal to take control of Indian media giant Zee Entertainment. SPNI and Zee Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) have signed up to an exclusive, non-binding agreement to combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. The combined company would be a publicly listed company in […]

Canal+ take majority stake in SPI International

France’s Canal+ has struck a deal to take a 70% stake in SPI International, the European TV channel and streamer operator behind brands including FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska and recently launched SVOD Dizi. Loni Farhi, who founded SPI almost three decades ago, will continue to manage the business alongside CEO Berk Uziyel. Financial details have […]

CTE launches new premium Asian movie channel with Singtel

Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of a bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, is launching new premium Asian movie channel CM+ with Singtel, Singapore’s largest telco and pay TV operator.  CM+ will launch on Singtel TV on October 1 at 1200 HKT. The channel features the latest blockbusters from across Asia, with first […]

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