MTG takes full control of TV 2 Sport

International broadcast group Modern Times Group is acquiring all the remaining shares in the Danish joint venture broadcaster TV 2 Sport from TV 2 Denmark. The deal will see the exclusive Danish broadcasting rights to the European Handball Championships for 2016 and 2018 revert to MTG’s ownership. TV 2 Sport was launched in April 2007 […]

Vision247 brings Polska Plus bouquet to Freeview

UK-based payout and content aggregation specialist Vision247 is adding a bouquet of Polish-language channels to its Vision TV Network platform on the UK’s Freeview service. The Polska Plus package offers 10 Polish-language channels streamed online. Vision247 has added an additional eight channels to the offering and brought the service to the Vision TV Network that […]

LG signs Disney 3D deal for Smart TV platform

LG Electronics USA has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios that will see 3D Disney movies added to the 3D World rental application on LG’s Smart TV platform. 3D titles including Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland are now available for rental. Future titles including Marvel’s The Avengers and Brave will be added […]

Trace Sports goes mobile, makes Norwegian debut

Sports celebrity lifestyle channel Trace Sports has expanded its distribution following deals with mobile TV platform Yamgo and Norwegian operator Canal Digital Kabel. The channel, which airs programming based on the lifestyles of famous sports people, is offering content via the Yamgo TV network that streams TV content to internet enabled mobile or tablet devices […]

LTV chief criticises new Latvian retransmission rules

New amendments to Latvia’s media law have been criticised as penalising public broadcaster LTV by the latter’s director-general Edgar Kots. Kots said that the amendments, adopted yesterday by the Latvian parliament, the Saeima, would weaken the competitiveness of LTV and benefit Modern Times Group, owner of its commercial rival. The amendments will see the end […]

NTV Plus adds Travel Channel HD

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus is adding Travel Channel HD to its programming line-up. The channel will join NTV Plus’s HD package on Monday. The standard definition version of Travel Channel is available in NTV Plus’s Light, Light Plus, Basic and Basic Plus packages.

Flexible friends: channel delivery in a multiscreen world

Offering content across multiple screens is becoming a necessity for channel operators as consumers demand greater flexibility in how they watch TV. ‘TV Everywhere’ – or the extension of content to multiple screens – has been the topic du jour at TV industry conferences for the past couple of years. A related area – social […]

Zeebox develops live companion app for X Factor

Companion screen social TV service provider Zeebox and its live video partner ShowCaster have developed a second-screen show to accompany the UK’s popular X Factor show on Saturday nights. Exclusive to the Zeebox platform, #Yappfactor will feature broadcaster and comedian Jake Yapp’s live commentary on The X Factor in video as the show goes out, […]

TF1 reportedly puts putative pay TV plan on ice

French news service BFM TV has reported that commercial broadcaster TF1 has put a plan to launch a low-cost satellite TV platform, which it has considered in secret over recent months, on ice for now. According to BFM TV, TF1 has been considering a plan to launch a mini-bouquet on Eutelsat’s satellite platform in recent […]

BBC scales back Red Button video ahead of connected TV service

The BBC is to reduce the video offering on its Red Button service on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media from five streams to one as part of a series of changes to the Red Button service. Tom Williams, development editor for red button and dual screen in BBC Vision, said the consolidation of the video […]