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 […]

Dutch Sport1 renews UEFA deal

Dutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has renewed its deal to air the UEFA Champions League soccer tournament for the next three seasons. The Chellomedia-owned broadcaster will air exclusive live coverage of the games as well as edited highlights on its portfolio of channels and online until 2015. It will also air the annual Supercup, a mini-tournament […]

BSkyB launching dedicated F1 channel

BSkyB is launching a dedicated Formula 1 auto racing channel. UK pay TV operator won rights to the racing series earlier this year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Sky Sports F1 HD will show every race live, practice and qualifying sessions and various wraparound programming and interactive services giving statistics and […]

TF1, M6 decline to play ball on Euro 2012 rights

French commercial channels TF1 and M6 have declined to make a new, higher offer for the rights to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament following news that Al Jazeera had placed a €130 million bid, according to French press reports. Despite requests from UEFA to re-evaluate their offer, the two broadcasters have categorically refused, according […]

ProSiebenSat.1 acquires Swedish producer

ProSiebenSat.1’s Scandinavian production division has acquired Swedish producer Hard Hat. 
Snowman Productions, which was set up by Red Arrow Entertainment last year, has acquired a majority interest in the production company and will see it move into ad-funded programming and digital production in the region.
 This is the latest acquisition for ProSiebenSat.1’s Red Arrow, which […]

A+E Networks UK strikes deal with Cyfrowy Polsat

Polish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is adding channels from A+E Networks UK to its line-up as part of a wide-ranging deal. Cyfrowy Polsat will add History, History HD and Crime & Investigation Network to its line-up. The broadcaster is airing History and Crime & Investigation immediately, with History HD scheduled for launch early next […]

Mediaset makes move for Endemol

Mediaset and Clessidra have submitted a joint bid for Endemol. Pier Silvio Berlusconi, vice chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, which is already a shareholder in the production and distribution giant, confirmed that it had teamed with private equity house Clessidra to make an offer for Endemol but added that the partners will not be drawn […]