Broadcasters


L’Equipe TV looking to go free-to-air

Following TF1’s request for information channel LCI to be moved to free-to-air on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, L’Equipe TV’s owner wants to do the same for the sports channel. L’Equipe director-general François Morinière, interviewed on the Le.Buzz.Media web show from Orange and Le Figaro, said that he believed sport could be an indispensable addition to the […]

Turner offers Adult Swim episodes via Facebook

Turner Broadcasting UK has begun offering shows from its Adult Swim animation channel on Facebook via the Social Cinema service launched by Facebook commerce agency Milyoni earlier this year. Shows inlcuding Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hungerforce, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! can be accessed via Milyoni’s Social Cinema technology, which […]

Food Network HD on Zon

Scripps Networks International’s Food Network HD channel will be available as part of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimédia’s line-up from October 10. Food Network will be available to all Zon HD pack digital subscribers, following a deal brokered by Food Network EMEA’s distribution partner Chello Zone. The channel is already carried on Portugal Telecom […]

Nick HD in Polish launch

An HD version of kids channel Nickelodeon has launched in Poland on Cyfrowy Polsat’s DTH platform. Subscribers to Polsat’s Family HD package can from today watch Viacom International Media Networks’ Nickelodeon HD, which broadcasts series including Super Ninja and Power Rangers. It is the sixth channel to launch in the Family HD package.

Channel 4 takes more capacity on Astra for HD

Satellite operator SES has struck a new long-term contract with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to provide additional capacity on its recently launched Astra 1N satellite. The new capacity will be used to transmit Channel 4’s main high-definition service together with further HD services over the coming years. Channel 4 already has three transponders under contract […]

DTG’s D-Book 7 approves HbbTV specs

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the standards organisation that represents over 100 UK TV companies, has approved HbbTV-based connected TV specifications in the latest version of the D-Book, its digital-terrestrial TV technology specifications. D-Book 7, which was published in draft earlier this year, defines the critical interoperable coexistence of broadcast and broadband services and devices […]

4oD continues to grow

4oD, the on-demand platform operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, attracted 31 million long-form views in August, up from 29 million a year earlier. The platform had a total of 273 million views of Channel 4 content in the year to the end-August, a 20.6% year-on-year increase. Viewers spent an average of 25.4 minutes watching […]

Fox to deliver The Walking Dead on free VOD service in Russia

Fox International Channels (FIC) has signed a deal to provide the second series of its show The Walking Dead on advertising-supported internet video-on-demand in Russia immediately after the series premiers on the Fox Crime channel in the country on October 17. The Walking Dead will be shown on the tvigle.ru portal and partner networks free-of-charge […]

iPlayer debuts down under

The BBC’s online TV platform iPlayer has launched in Australia on iPads. An iPlayer app is available to download from the iTunes store giving users access to over 1,000 hours of BBC content. A monthly subscription fee of AU$9.49 (€6.85) or AU$89.99 for a year will provide unlimited access to programmes segregated by genre, including […]

BBC appoints global iPlayer MD

Former UKTV boss Matthew Littleford has been promoted to general manager, global BBC iPlayer after joining BBC Worldwide earlier this year. Littleford joined the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster in April 2011 as creative director for the commercial and international video-on-demand service, which launched in 11 western European countries in July and in […]