Broadcasters


Discovery targets international growth, cautious on OTT

Speaking ahead of Discovery Communications’ ‘upfront’ presentation to advertisers in New York, David Zaslav, president and CEO of the pay TV broadcaster, emphasised the increasing importance of the company’s international business. Zaslav said that while the US market was “very competitive” and “a fight”, some international markets were showing strong signs of growth. “A number […]

France 5 launches HbbTV service today

France 5 is launching a Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) service.  It will start today with the public broadcaster’s daily show C dans l’air transmitted using the HbbTV standard, according to Le Figaro. It will reach up to 2.5 million French viewers.

Management changes at Endemol

The president of production and distribution group Endemol has stepped down. Marco Bassetti announced his departure having joined Endemol in 1997 when his production company, Aran, was acquired by the company. Endemol said that interim CEO Justin Spee will now take the position on a full-time basis. He had been sharing the role on a […]

OBN wins Champions League rights for Bosnia

Bosnian free-to-air broadcaster OBN has been awarded the broadcasting rights to the UEFA Champions League for the next three years starting with the 2012/2013 season. OBN has acquired the exclusive first pick of the Wednesday night matches as well as the highlights, semi-finals and final. OBN is a joint venture between Ivan Caleta and Chellomedia. […]

Eurosport 3D and 24 BBC Red Button services for Olympics

The range of services offering coverage of the London Olympic Games to UK viewers is to include 3D coverage from Eurosport and up to 48 services from the BBC, available across a range of platforms. Pay TV broadcaster BSkyB is to carry Eurosport’s 3D coverage of the games to Sky Plus HD homes. Eurosport will […]

Belgacom and OBN win UEFA rights

Belgacom has secured the Belgian and Luxembourg rights to UEFA Champions League football for the next three seasons. In addition to the exclusive broadcasting rights for the 112 matches granted by UEFA to pay TV, Belgacom has been granted the non-exclusive pay rights to 34 matches traditionally reserved for national channels, meaning that this is […]

Disney moves and series for Blinkbox

UK online movie service Blinkbox has signed a deal with Disney UK and Ireland to offer customers a range of titles on-demand, including a number on the same day as their DVD release. Titles including War Horse and The Muppets will be available on the day of their DVD release. Other titles will include Toy […]

Discovery to launch mobile TV in Russia with MTS

Channel provider Discovery Networks is to launch mobile TV services in Russia in partnership with service provider MTS. Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC will be made available to MTS’s mobile customer base. MTS offers mobile TV service via 3G and Wi-Fi across Russia for RUB8 a day. About 100 channels are available. The service […]

INEA adds more TVN HD channels

Polish cable operator INEA has added three HD channels from broadcaster TVN to its programming line-up. INEA has added movies and series channel TVN 7 HD, female-focused lifestyle channel TVN Style HD and male-focused TVN Turbo HD to its high-definition line-up. INEA has about 40,000 HD-equipped subscribers in total.

TeliaSonera International Carrier to deliver NHL for Viasat

TeliaSonera International Carrier is to deliver NHL ice-hockey games to Viasat Broadcasting in Stockholm under a five-year deal. TeliaSonera will deliver 35 match feeds to Viasat. The company chose Snell to supply of its Alchemist frame rate convertors for fast motion HD sport broadcasts. Encompass Digital Media was chosen to provide the US contribution feeds.