Netflix signs BBC deal for UK service

Netflix has signed a content deal with BBC Worldwide that will bring various programming from the public broadcaster to its streaming platform when it launches in the UK and Ireland next year. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed but Netflix said that BBC shows including Torchwood, Spooks, Little Britain and Fawlty Towers […]

France 24 expands in eastern Europe

News channel France 24 has concluded various distribution deals in eastern Europe. In Slovenia, the channel is now available on new IPTV platform T-2. It is now available in English and French. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the English version of France 24 is now distributed by Telinea. The channel is also now available in on […]

New BBC apps for Virgin TiVo

The BBC is to bring interactive services to Virgin Media via its TiVo platform. Virgin Media’s TiVo customers will have access to the BBC’s interactive coverage of next year’s major sporting events via a new Red Button service, including Formula 1, Wimbledon, Euro 2012 and the London 2012 Olympics. A forthcoming BBC Sport app will […]

France 24 gets Boxee carriage deal

France 24 has signed a distribution deal with over-the-top platform Boxee. Mainly used in the United States and in Canada, the Boxee platform will now include a dedicated France 24 application in its global catalogue, giving users access to the channel’s programmes in English. Programming in French and Arabic will be available in the first half of next […]

CTC Media replaces CEO

Anton Kudryashov, chief executive of Russian broadcast group CTC Media has left the company and has been replaced by the company’s chief financial officer. Kudryashov stepped down, based on “mutual agreement” and has been replaced on an interim basis by Boris Podolsky. Kudryashov has been chief executive of the broadcaster since 2008. This comes as […]

Chellomedia preps premium series channel

Chellomedia will reportedly roll out Film1 Series in the Netherlands, a new premium channel programmed with high-end scripted content. The service will launch in mid-January and launch series include Breaking Bad, Necessary Roughness and Once Upon a Time. The new channel, which does not officially have distribution partners yet, will be in direct competition with the anticipated premium channel […]

Eurosport serves up 3D to Nintendo

Sports broadcaster Eurosport will today start delivering 3D video content to Nintendo 3DS gaming devices. Eurosport will offer a new set of short video clips from the WATTS magazine show in 3D each week. The free clips will be viewable via a dedicated Eurosport video player available from the Nintendo eShop. “The 3D clips from […]

BBC World News to double US reach

The BBC has signed a landmark deal with cable operator Comcast that will see the number of US households that can receive the BBC World News channel more than double. The channel will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity service, which is available to 15 million homes in Philadephia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, Northern California, […]

Scripps names international president, promotes Baskerville

US-based channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive has named Jim Samples as president of its international business. Formerly president of Scripps’ home-based network HGTV, Samples will oversee the company’s international programming portfolio, including Food Network. He will report to Joseph NeCastro, chief financial and administrative officer. Samples succeeds Greg Moyer, who will continue to serve as […]

BBC and ITV announce Euro 2012 schedule

British public broadcaster the BBC and commercial rival ITV have agreed the split of games from the Euro 2012 soccer tournament after striking a deal to share the rights. ITV will air England’s opening group game against France on 11 June and their final group game against Ukraine on 19 June, while the BBC will […]