Mediaset hails success of Play, plans iPad launch

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is to launch its Premium Play on-demand service on the iPad in April. The service currently provides access to about 2,000 titles via TV, PC and Xbox. Mediaset said users were currently viewing an average of 2.3 million programmes a month, with subscribers accessing the service three to four times a week […]

BBC launches Russian news app

The BBC has launched a new Russian language news app for iPhones. The BBC Russian App offers content from the website, including breaking news stories and video reports. The app can be personalised to focus on specific news areas including Russian news, world news, UK news, business, sport, society, multimedia and science and technology. […]

Howling raises idea of ‘Freeview Smart’, with YouView as niche product

Freeview managing director Ilse Howling raised the possibility that connected TV services could reach a mass audience on Freeview without the need for a YouView set-top box at today’s Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London. Howling said that while total Freeview sales stood at 20 million as of today, sales of Freeview HD devices […]

Use of red button could transform connected TV, says iPlayer chief

Connected TV platforms are too complicated and are deterring consumer from using services, according to BBC iPlayer general manager Daniel Danker. Speaking at the Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London this morning, Danker said the bulk of growth in the use of iPlayer was now on connected TVs. While iPlayer on PC grew by […]

Analysts bullish on ProSieben

Analysts have upgraded their forecasts on ProSiebenSat.1 after the German broadcast group posted solid financial results yesterday. Morgan Stanley, which was forecasting flat revenues from the company’s German operations this year, is now predicting 1.7% growth, based on a strong start to the year and commitments from advertisers. The investment bank also slightly increased its […]

ESPN to stream X Games

Sports broadcaster ESPN will carry live coverage of the upcoming Winter X Games on its broadband streaming service ESPNPlayer. The event, which will be held in Tignes, France, will also be covered exclusively on the broadcaster’s linear channel when it takes place this March.

Murdoch leaves News International to focus on TV

James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News Corp’s British publishing arm News International. This comes amid further developments in the UK phone hacking scandal and the ongoing Leveson Inquiry into the UK newspaper industry. James Murdoch will, however, remain at News Corp and will focus on expanding the company’s international pay TV […]

Fun and Emotions from ProSiebenSat.1

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has confirmed earlier reports that it is launching a pair of pay TV channels, ProSieben Fun and Sat.1 Emotions. ProSieben Fun will be a general entertainment pay TV service with shows from the main ProSieben channel sitting alongside US series and movies. ProSieben said that some series will premiere on the […]

ABC on-demand launching on KPN

Disney has inked a deal with KPN in the Netherlands and will launch its branded video-on-demand service on its pay TV system. ABC TV On Demand will offer KPN subs TV series and movies from Disney including Lost and Desperate Housewives.

Al Jazeera extends African coverage with Eutelsat

Al Jazeera has signed a capacity deal with Eutelsat to extend its coverage over Africa. The Middle Eastern broadcaster will use capacity on Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite located at the 7° West orbital position. This will extend coverage across north west Africa to Morocco and as far as Nigeria.  Broadcasts have already begun, with […]