Fox takes control of Endemol-backed Dutch sports firm

Fox International Channels has acquired a 51% stake in EMM, a Dutch company that manages rights for the country’s top football league and runs the Eredivisie Live channel. EMM was created in 2008 by the clubs in the Eredivisie and Endemol.
Endemol and the eighteen clubs in the Eredivisie approved the FIC deal for which no […]

UPC Romania signs Voyo deal with CME

UPC Romania has added CME’s OTT video service Voyo to its network. The cable operator is offering Voyo for RON17 (€3.73) per month, which gives access to over 500 movies and TV series as well as live coverage of various sports events and concerts. The service is available to all UPC Internet Fiber Power customers. […]

Church of England divests News Corp shares

The Church of England has sold its shares in media company News Corp because was “not satisfied that News Corporation had shown, or is likely in the immediate future to show, a commitment to implement necessary corporate governance reform” in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. The church said that it has sold £1.9 million […]

Ono adds Nat Geo app to TiVo service

Spanish cable operator Ono has added an app from Fox’s National Geographic Channel to its TiVo service. The app will allow user to read Nat Geo’s magazine and watch National Geographic Channel programmes on-demand in HD.

Disney will focus on Latin America for ESPN International, says Iger

Latin America is now a key focus for Disney’s sports network ESPN internationally according to chief executive Bob Iger. Speaking to analysts following Disney’s third-quarter results, Iger said that, following its decision to exit its ESPN Star Sports Asian joint venture with News Corp and it losing key football rights in the UK, the company […]

CTC Media retargets channel

Russian broadcast group CTC Media is revamping its target demographics for two of its main channels as it looks to stem falling ratings. 
 The broadcaster is launching new demographic targets for its main CTC Network and Peretz Network at the start of 2013. CTC Network, which used to target an audience of 6 to […]

Interactive Olympics popular, but 3D fails to engage viewers

The BBC says that 17 million people watched 15 minutes or more of its interactive coverage of the Olympic Games. The UK public broadcaster is operating 24 interactive live streams, covering a plethora of events from the games. The BBC said that the Games are also driving record traffic to its website with 18 million […]

Yes ends second quarter with 582,000 subs

Israeli DTH operator Yes posted modest increases in revenues, operating profit and subscriber numbers in its second quarter results. The pay TV operator, which is backed by Israeli state telco Bezeq, reported 582,000 subs at the end of the quarter, a small increase on the 581,000 recorded at the same point last year, but down […]

Eurovision takes extra capacity with SES for sports

Satellite operator SES has struck a multi-year capacity deal with the Eurovision network to broadcast the London 2012 Paralympic Games and other sporting events internationally. Eurovision is increasing its SES capacity to 54MHz and will use the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite at 40.5° West to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic […]

Channel 4 hits registered viewers milestone, plans ad trials

UK broadcaster Channel 4 says that over five million people will have registered with it by the end of August under its new viewer engagement strategy, up from two million at the end of 2011. The broadcaster has said it will initiate a series of trials with media agencies and advertising clients to deliver more […]