iPlayer launches in Canada

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of British public broadcaster the BBC, has launched its online streaming service iPlayer in Canada. This marks the 16th international launch of the service, which has also launched in countries including Australia and across Scandinavia. The service will initially be available as a subscription service on the Apple iPad as […]

Sky Italia pulls out of DTT frequency contest

Pay TV operator Sky Italia has decided to pull out of the competition to acquire new digital-terrestrial frequencies, alleging that the process was skewed in favour of rival broadcasters. The rules of the process, which were set under the government of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, meant that the frequencies were to be awarded after […]

Poland’s ‘n’ boosts movie output

Polish DTH operator ‘n’ is adding four more HD channels to its line-up and has signed new deals with movie studios. Movie channels nPremium, nPremium2, nPremium3 and nPremium 4 will launch on December 15. The TVN-owned operator has also announced output deals from 20th Century Fox and Monolith commencing in January. It has existing deals […]

KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

ProSiebenSat.1 set on Fun and Emotions

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s forthcoming new pay TV channel will be named ProSieben Fun, according to local reports. Christoph Bellmer, managing director of ProSiebenSat.1’s digital production subsidiary SevenSenses, said that the comedy channel, which will be launched in the next few months, will be positioned as the “edgy” little brother to ProSieben. The existing Sat.1 Comedy […]

Etisalat to add MBC HD channels

UAE-based telco Etisalat has added seven HD channels from broadcaster MBC to its eLife TV offering. The operator is adding MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Max, MBC Drama and Al Arabiya to its line-up. The channels will be available to Etisalat’s 100,000 eLife triple-play customers at no additional cost. Dual-play and […]

Cartel office probing ARD ZDF catch-up service

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is probing the country’s public broadcaster’s plan to launch an online catch-up service. ARD and ZDF want to launch a video-on-demand catch-up platform under the Germany’s Gold moniker and the Cartel Office will assess whether it adversely impacts competition in this market segment. The same body has already investigated and blocked […]

New structure for Lagardère Active

Lagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lagardère Active media arm into four divisions. Lagardère Active’s radio and TV division will be headed by Denis Olivennes, with Richard Lenormand taking the post of executive director, while the audiovisual production division will be headed by Takis Candilis. A digital division will be headed by Delphine Grison, […]

Poland’s ‘n’ launches OTT service

Polish satellite pay TV operator ‘n’ has launched an OTT service. The service – nVOD NET – will give ‘n’ subscribers access to thousands of additional TV series and movies; it launched on November 28. The platform will include Hollywood films, series and documentaries as well as video-on-demand libraries from Polish broadcaster TVN and US […]

BBC Trust says open internet is crucial

UK ISPs that market internet access services should offer unrestricted access to the web, according to Diane Coyle, vice chairman of the BBC Trust, which oversees the governance of the UK public broadcaster. Her comments are in response to last week’s publication of an Ofcom paper intended to open up a discussion on how the […]