Microsoft to run Shazam-enabled ad

Microsoft has teamed up with Shazam to run a new Shazam-enabled TV ad campaign in the UK for the Internet Explorer browser. When viewers the ‘Beauty of the Web’ advert featuring the track Too Close by musician Alex Clare, they can use the Shazam app to interact with the ad. The 30- and 60-second ads […]

“Fastest-growing network” UKTV commits to new content spend

UK channels group UKTV has committed to spending over £100 million (€125 million) on new content each year. Announcing UKTV’s programming line-up for 2012/13, CEO Darren Childs said, “We have increased our new content investment to over £100 million per year”. He also said UKTV’s channels, which include Watch, Gold, Dave, Alibi, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, […]

D-Smart adds Travel Channel HD

Scripps Networks International’s Travel Channel HD has launched on the D-Smart pay TV platform in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Northern Cyprus. The channel, which airs shows including Globe Trekker, World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides, Essential…and Inside Luxury Travel, will be available as a fully localised fed in Turkey from early 2013. Travel Channel is now available in […]

UKTV to launch branded VOD platforms

UK digital channels group UKTV is launching VOD services for its Dave, Yesterday and Really networks. Each channel will have its own ‘player’ offering a catalogue of catch-up and archive titles. VOD services for male-skewing channel Dave and history-themed Yesterday will be available from early October, with lifestyle channel Really to follow later that month. […]

CME to launch new OTT services next year

European broadcaster CME is preparing to roll out new OTT and hybrid DVB-T/OTT services in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia from next year. The company has partnered with middleware specialist Alticast to support the launches. CME is deploying Alticast’s AltiPlatform and AltiView solutions which will enable the broadcaster to launch OTT, […]

HBO Nordic chooses Ericsson for playout services

HBO Nordic has selected Ericsson to manage the playout of its new online video service for the Nordic region. HBO Nordic will launch its first HBO-branded service in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October. The premium linear and on-demand offering will be available via the streaming site Ericsson has been selected to manage […]

Red Bee extends BBC deal for access services

The BBC has signed a deal with broadcast services provider Red Bee Media to provide access services until 2019. Red Bee will continue to provide subtitling, audio description and signing services for the broadcaster’s portfolio of channels David Padmore, director, access and editorial, Red Bee Media, said: “Red Bee Media has a long and positive […]

Arqiva acquires Connect TV

UK broadcast services provider Arqiva has acquired Connect TV, the platform that brings OTT content to the UK’s Freeview platform. Arqiva operates the UK’s DTT network and said the acquisition would enable it to offer various connected TV services on the network. Connect TV brings internet-delivered content to the Freeview EPG. The service works on […]

BBC iPlayer launches mobile downloads

The BBC has today launched mobile iPlayer downloads, meaning smartphone and tablet users can watch BBC shows without connecting to the internet. The new mobile downloads feature is initially available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.1 and the BBC said it would bring the feature to Android phones and tablets soon. […]

HBO Nordic strikes programming deals with FME

Forthcoming online video service HBO Nordic has struck its first programming deals for its over-the-top platform, acquiring a raft of content from FremantleMedia Enterprises. The service, which was announced last week, has picked up drama Hit and Miss, which starred Chloe Sevigny and was written by Shameless creator Paul Abbott and Lisa Kudrow-fronted comedy Web […]