Broadcasters


Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]

Kabel BW to carry ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels

German cable operator Kabel BW will offer ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD on its platform from Monday August 15. The German broadcaster has renewed its carriage deal with Kabel BW that, as well as the addition of the HD channels, will add pay TV channels Sat.1 Comedy […]

Arte strikes deal with Vice Media for online distribution

French and German public broadcaster Arte has struck a deal with online video operator Vice Media. The move will see a raft of content from the youth lifestyle brand airing across Arte. Programming will include concerts from its recently launched new music platform Noisey. Benjamin Ruth, managing director, Vice Deutschland, said: “Arte Live Web offers […]

AMC Networks sees international revenue growth

AMC Networks, the international thematic channel operator, saw revenues from its international networks rise by 30%. The company, which operates channels including US cable network AMC, Sundance Channel and WEtv, also saw its second quarter profit rise by 23% to US$27.2 million (€19.1 million) and revenue rose 12% to US$292 million. President and chief executive […]

News Corp looking for new acquisitions

Having ditched its bid for the chunk of BSkyB it does not own, News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and COO Chase Carey both said last night that the company will actively pursue other acquisitions. Analysts estimated that the media giant would, at its current rate of growth, have a war chest of US$20 […]

UKTV poaches Tennant

British thematic channel operator UKTV has poached ITV executive Emma Tennant to become controller. Tennant was previously controller of digital channels at the free-to-air commercial broadcaster, where she looked after channels including ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. She will be in charge of UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels as well as its digital activities. She will […]

Mediaset and Rai in court over Endemol talent format



Pier Silvio Berlusconi has weighed into an ongoing battle over Endemol talent format Baila! Berlusconi, son of Italian prime minister Silvio and deputy chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, refuted claims that Baila! is a copy of Ballando con le stele, the local version of Dancing with the Stars, which is aired by public broadcaster Rai. […]

Outdoor Channel launches in Serbia and Ukraine

Chello Zone-owned Outdoor Channel will be carried in Serbia and Ukraine after carriage deals were concluded with pay TV operators. In Serbia, the channel will be carried on Open IPTV, the IPTV service operated by the country’s largest telco, Telekom Srbija. In Ukraine it will be on the Volia in the cabler’s HD and SD […]

ESPN Goals app now available

Sports channel ESPN’s ESPN Goals app is now available to download for iPhone and Android-based devices free of charge. ESPN Goals allows sports fans to view all goals from English Premier League matches within a few minutes of the action taking place. The enhanced app features video clips of all goals and other highlights, pre-match […]

Rovi in Channel 4 connected TV ad trial

Digital TV technology company Rovi is carrying out interactive advertising trials in the UK, using ads from Twentieth Century Fox and Channel 4. The movie studio and UK broadcaster will use Rovi’s advertising technologies to run advertising campaigns on connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other internet connected devices. They will offer interactive capabilities including multimedia […]