Broadcasters


Currys launches streaming movies service with Disney and WB deals

UK retail chain Currys and PC World is to launch transactional movies on-demand service Knowhow Movies tomorrow. Currys has signed deals with Hollywood studios Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros and Momentum Pictures for a range of new movies in their DVD release window as well as catalogue titles. New releases will be priced at £3.99 (€4.70) […]

BBC adds 3G streaming to iPlayer Android app

The BBC has released a new version of its iPlayer Android app to include streaming over 3G networks and an updated Adobe Flash player for improved playback. The free app has been downloaded 1.3 million times since it launched a year ago. The updated version includes 3G streaming for live and catch-up TV and radio […]

Al Jazeera to undercut Canal Plus with sports channels

Al Jazeera is to make its two new sports channels in France available for €13 a month, according to local reports. The price is one third that of pay TV operator Canal Plus’s service. According to daily newspaper Le Figaro, the price point is likely to provoke complaints from Al Jazeera’s rivals to the country’s […]

Nagra teams with Abertis for cloud-based TV platform

TV technology company Nagra has teamed up with Spain’s Abertis Telecom to launch a cloud-based TV hosting platform. The service, which is targeted at both free and pay TV broadcasters, is providing a hosting solution for the EBU initiative to offer to its members off-the-shelf interactive HbbTV applications during the Olympics and the Eurovision Song […]

MTV launches social TV app

MTV has launched a new app that combines on-demand video content with social media. The MTV Under The Thumb (UTT) app gives access to premium MTV content on-demand and enables users to co-view the shows and chat with friends at the same time. The app can be paired with any web browser on a computer, […]

EBU joins DASH Promoters Group

The EBU has joined a newly-formed group aiming to create momentum towards the broad adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard. DASH (dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP) is designed to address the growth of internet video by defining a universal delivery format. The DASH Promoters Group brings together a cross-section of media, telecoms and IT organisations. The […]

Etisalat expands reach with Intelsat

Middle Eastern telco Etisalat has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite, which is scheduled to launched next month. Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will use the satellite’s capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia. “We […]

Viacom airs six-year deal for six channels in Turkey

MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform. The new agreement clears the […]

Connect TV offers 45 OTT Freeview channels

Connect TV, the platform that brings OTT content to the UK’s Freeview platform, has begun streaming the Racing UK channel, taking the total number of channels it offers to 45. Connect TV’s MHEG-powered platform uses the D-Book streaming extensions that were originally designed to support catch-up TV services and works on all Freeview HD devices […]

MTG goes regional in Sweden

Modern Times Group is increasing the number of regional broadcasts for TV3. The Swedish free-to-air channel previously split its offering across six regions. From today that total has been increased to 19. The same content and schedule is available country-wide, but each regional service carries different advertising. MTG said splitting its service in this way […]