CSA receives 31 DTT proposals, Canal Plus pulls out

French media regulator the CSA has received 31 proposals to launch services on six new HD digital-terrestrial channels to be allocated this year. However, pay TV operator Canal Plus is not amongst the applicants. Commercial broadcaster TF1 has proposed the launch of a domestic fiction-focused channel code-named HD1, shopping channel Tendances 24 and female-skewed lifestyle […]

Pace says Yes to HD

Set-top vendor Pace has been chosen by Israeli DTH operator Yes to deploy a new HD platform. Pace has already started rolling-out HD set-top boxes to Yes customers. The device is upgradeable, meaning Yes can make changes to its service ‘in the field’. The set-top box comes with an Ethernet connection and is capable of […]

Turner names Corral as entertainment chief

Turner has appointed its current Spanish chief Domingo Corral as head of general entertainment across EMEA. Corral will become entertainment content chief, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Turner Broadcasting System Europe, in addition to his current role as senior vice president and general manager, Spain. This comes as the international arm of the US broadcaster […]

France Télévisions promotes Borde

France Télévisions’ kids boss Julien Borde has been promoted to general secretary of programming at France 3. Borde was previously head of children and youth programmes since he joined from Disney Channel France in 2005. He will now work across all programming at the French public broadcasting network as well as be responsible for development […]

DT signs with MobiTV for TV Everywhere service

Deutsche Telekom is integrating MobiTV’s TV Everywhere solution into its Entertain IPTV service so it can offer programming, including live sporting events and VOD services, to tablets, smartphones and PCs. The two parties have concluded a trial implementation of the converged multiscreen service. “Partnering with MobiTV is the start of a new television experience with […]

Freesat names Manhattan as next-gen box supplier

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has named Manhattan as the third set-top partner for its next-generation set-top box, set to launch in the first part of this year. Manhattan already supplies Freesat HD boxes. In September 2011 Freesat named Sagemcom and Humax as suppliers of the next-generation devices.

Discovery opens office in Sofia

Discovery Networks has opened an office in Sofia Bulgaria as part of the expansion of its CEEMEA division. The Bulgarian operation will be headed by Victoria Davies, distribution sales manager, South-East Europe, who will report to South-East Europe country manager Vlad Tudosie. Discovery has also hired two Bulgarian sales and distribution executives, Alexander Georgiev and […]

BBC News app launches on Sony TVs

UK public broadcaster the BBC has launched its BBC News connected TV app on Sony TVs in the UK. The app was first released on the Samsung Smart TV platform in June 2011 for UK and international consumers, with a later launch on Panasonic Viera devices for the UK only. The app offers video and […]

Modern Times Group acquires Latvia’s LNT

Free and pay TV broadcaster Modern Times Group has acquired Latvia’s second-ranked commercial broadcaster Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija for an undisclosed sum. The company broadcasts national commercial channel LNT, Russian language channel TV5 and entertainment channel LMK. LNT posted revenues of just under €7 million for the first nine months of 2011. Upon completion of the […]

Al Jazeera changes frequency to avoid jamming

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera has changed its frequency on Arabsat to 11334V in an attempt to combat jamming of its signals. Al Jazeera’s signals suffered significant jamming in February last year, and the channel responded by launching its services across various satellites. “We would like to inform our viewers of the new satellite frequency […]