Fox buys Finnish channel Suomi TV

Fox has acquired Finnish free-to-air broadcaster Suomi TV. The US company’s global channels division, Fox International Channels (FIC), will fold the Finnish service into its Nordic bouquet of channels, which includes Nat Geo, Baby TV and Fox Crime. Fox has focused on the Nordic market in the last year, rolling out Fox Crime in Norway […]

Sky, ITV refute claims they should invest more in film

UK commercial broadcaster ITV and its pay TV counterpart BSkyB have refuted claims in a new report that they do very little to support the UK film industry. The UK-government commissioned report said the pair should be doing more to support the UK industry in terms of direct investment and acquisition of British titles. ITV […]

News Corp to swap JV for stake in Moby

News Corp is to take a minority stake in Dubai-based media group Moby, which is active in Afghanistan and other parts of central Asia and the Middle East. News Corp will fold its 50% shareholding in Broadcast Middle East, its Farsi broadcasting joint venture with Moby, into the group in exchange for a minority shareholding […]

Orange adds M6 channels to satellite offering

Orange is adding three additional M6-owned thematic channels to its satellite offering in France. The channels, which will be broadcast via Astra and Eutelsat’s Hot Bird and AB3 satellites, are already available on Orange’s IPTV service. Orange satellite TV customers will, from February 9, be able to view female-skewed lifestyle channel Téva, Paris Premère and […]

Eurosport launches QR code-based interactivity

Sports channel Eurosport has launched an on-air QR code campaign across Europe with the aim of encouraging sports fans with Apple devices to access online and mobile content during its coverage of the Australian Open tennis championship. Tennis fans can point their smartphones at onscreen QR graphic using a recognised QR code app and thereby […]

EBU publishes new subtitling spec for broadcasters

The EBU has published a new specification for subtitling. The new format, EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT), is designed to provide an easy-to-use way of interchanging and archiving subtitles in XML. According to the EBU, the specification is based on the W3C Timed Text Markup Language specification, but is designed as a more constrained version suitable […]

Murdoch accuses Google of piracy

Rupert Murdoch has accused Google of being a “piracy leader” for allowing illegal video content to be found via its search engine. Murdoch used Twitter to claim that Google “streams movies free” and sells adverts around them, while blocking “many other undesirable things”. He claimed to have used Google to search for the Mission Impossible […]

HBO launching in the Netherlands

HBO is launching a suite of channels and services in the Netherlands. The Time Warner-backed channel operator has formed a joint venture with local MSO Ziggo and they will launch the HBO, HBO 2 and HBO 3 linear channels alongside the HBO On-Demand and HBO Go services. The channels will be programmed with a range […]

ITV scores £90 million soccer deal

ITV has inked a £90 million (€109 million) TV soccer rights deal that allows it to continue broadcasting the England national teams home matches and games from the FA Cup competition. The UK commercial broadcaster already has those rights under a four-year deal, which it has now extended until 2014. UK reports suggest ITV paid […]

The Euro50 Q&A: Niclas Ekdahl, Modern Times Group

Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Modern Times Group’s Viaplay service, is responsible for monetising content across Viasat’s three pay TV businesses. He has secured multi-platform content agreements with various channel operators, including a four year deal with Fox for approximately 1,600 hours of premium content for SVOD, catch-up TV and free TV. He has also overseen […]