Broadcasters


Digital games smash BBC records

The BBC had 106 million requests for Olympic video content across all online platforms, more than double the amount of requests for any other event. The UK public broadcaster offered up to 24 HD feeds via PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs during the Olympics and has claimed the games were the first to be […]

BBC Trust and S4C Authority launch consultation on deal

The BBC Trust and the S4C Authority, the governing bodies of the BBC and Welsh-language public broadcasters S4C respectively, have launched a public consultation on the agreement that sets out the terms by which S4C will be financed via the BBC licence fee from next year. Interested parties have until October 23 to make their […]

RCS & RDS makes History in Romania

A+E Networks’ History channel has launched on the RCS & RDS, the largest pay TV platform in Romania. “Extending the reach of History to new audiences in eastern and central Europe is a continuing priority for us,” said Tom Davidson, managing director at A+E Networks UK, which manages the distribution of the channel across most […]

CME raising €70 million

A Czech subsidiary of Time Warner-backed broadcast group CME is raising €70 million that it will use to pay down debt and for its day-to-day business. CET 21 will make a private placement of notes and the cash will come from institutional investors.

Eurosport secures German under-21 football rights

Eurosport has acquired rights to show home qualifier and friendly matches of the German under-21 football team. Under its deal with the German football league, the DFB, Eurosport will become the official broadcaster of the German under-21, under-20 and under-19 national men’s teams, with exclusive Live rights to all home qualifier and friendly matches from […]

Court blocks plans for ProSieben and RTL’s online TV service


A German court has blocked plans by ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL to launch a catch-up TV service in the country. The commercial broadcasters had wanted to launch an online service with their own, and third-party content.
 The country’s competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt ruled last year that the ProSieben and RTL service would take too great a […]

Sky Italia loses subscribers

News Corp’s Italian pay TV service Sky Italia recorded a loss of 42,000 subscribers in its latest financial quarter as tough trading conditions led it to a US$56 million (€45 million) fall in operating income. This comes as News Corp posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $1.6 billion, compared with a profit of $683 million, […]

Viasat boosts 3D output with High TV deal

3D channel High TV will be available to viewers in the Nordic region after the broadcaster signed a deal with pay TV operator Viasat. High TV 3D will be on-air on Viasat’s 3D channel, available on the Viasat satellite platforms in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from August 13. The channel airs entertainment shows, news, […]

Maxdome inks deal with NBC Universal

Video-on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with NBC Universal International TV Distribution.
 The NBC deal means that ProSiebenSat.1-owned Maxdome now has deals with all of the major studios, having previously inked deals with Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. The multiyear NBC agreement gives Maxdome right to a range of new and library […]

Channel 4 appoints digital innovation head

Channel 4 has appointed Jonathan Lewis as head of digital and partnership innovation. Lewis joins the commercial broadcaster from online music video site Vevo where he was managing director, having previously been head of digital media and commercial partnerships for C5 and Northern & Shell Group. He will be responsible for driving Channel 4’s innovation […]