ITV using SAS servers for online services

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is using cloud-based advertising server technology provided by business analytics and marketing specialist SAS for its online services including the ITV Player video-on-demand service. SAS said its servers would enable ITV to deliver advertising across all its on-demand platforms including, Playstation, Freesat, iOS and Android. Simon Daglish, group commercial sales […]

Programme sales help drive Worldwide revenue and profit increases

BBC Worldwide grew headline profit by 8% and revenues by 5% in the year to end-March. The commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster publishes its annual review today and it will reveal that Worldwide’s profit before tax increased to £104 million (€132 million) in the 2011/2012 financial year compared to £92 million a year […]

EBU appoints TV and strategy head

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed new heads of TV and strategy at its Media Department, which consolidates the activities of TV, radio, news and training. Bettina Brinkmann has been appointed head of TV. She joined the EBU in 2005 as head of formats and special events, and later worked as head of EBU […]

London Olympics marks end of SD for EBU

The forthcoming London Olympics will mark the end of standard definition broadcasting by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The EBU said it had supplied its member broadcasters with up to eight MPEG-4 decoders each to ensure that they were able to access all 12 HD multilateral signals from Eurovision Network coverage of the games. Eurovision […]

SevenOne International rebrands as Red Arrow International

SevenOne International, a sister company of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, has rebranded as Red Arrow International. The international distribution and production company, which has offices in cities including Germany, Hong Kong and LA, said that the new identity is intended to tie it more closely to parent company Red Arrow and that it now plans to […]

BBC Sport launches Olympic smartphone app

BBC Sport has launched a new Olympic smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices. The app uses the same content that is available on the Olympic mobile site, including up to 24 streams of live events coverage, live text commentary, a page with information about each of the 36 Olympic sports, and a page for […]

Court says Rai must offer all programming unencrypted on Sky Italia

An Italian court has ruled that Italian broadcaster Rai must allow Sky Italia to broadcast its channels free-to-air. The two parties have been in a long-running dispute because Rai encrypts some its content on the Sky platform, including football matches and entertainment shows. Sky customers that want to watch encrypted programmes have to use a […]

Biétry: 400,000 would be ‘failure’ for beIN Sport

Winning only 400,000 subscribers after one year of operation would be an “enormous failure” for Al Jazeera’s French sports channel venture, according to chief executive Charles Biétry. Biétry told journalists that he couldn’t yet reveal subscriber numbers for the beIN Sport 1 channel, which launched at the beginning of June. Its sister channel beIN Sport […]

De Pouzilhac quits AEF, French external media faces reorganisation

Alain de Pouzilhac, the president of France’s external media organisation, the AEF, which groups together news channel France 24 and radio service RFI, has been forced to tender his resignation. De Pouzilhac told employees in an email that the state, as the AEF’s shareholder, had indicated its wish for a new president of the organisation. […]

Christian TV package launches on Freeview

A bouquet of Christian thematic channels has launched via the UK’s Freeview HD service. The Christian TV package of channels includes Revelation TV and SonLife Broadcasting networks. It is delivered via Vision247’s broadband platform, which can be accessed by connecting a Freeview HD set-top box to the internet.