TV4 launches Xtra sports channel

Swedish broadcaster TV4 is launching a new premium sports channel, TV4 Sports Xtra. The HD channel, which will begin airing this May, will cover various sporting events including the Italian Serie A football league, Europa Lague tournament and the IIHF World Championships. TV4 plans to offer the channel to various distributors. “TV4 Sports Xtra is […]

Euronews launches on Roku

Euronews has launched on the Roku streaming platform in the UK. The news channel’s core programming line-up, including news bulletins and magazine shows, is available to customers with a Roku set-top box who can access the content in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. “Euronews is reinforcing its non-linear distribution globally, transforming itself into a […]

Sky Italia claims victory in World Cup case

Pay TV provider Sky Italia has claimed victory in a court case with rival Mediaset over its rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Mediaset’s broadcasting arm RTI had claimed that Sky’s acquisition of the rights to the 2010 tournament had breached the conditions set by the European Commission to green-light the 2003 merger between […]

TV4 sees revenues grow but profits decline

Swedish free and pay broadcaster TV4 Group posted revenues of SEK5.555 billion (€630 million) for the year, up from SEK5.365 billion in 2010. However operating profit fell from SEK826 million to SEK529 million, thanks in part to increased investment in programming. The company said that 2011 was its best year for audience ratings since monitoring […]

Viasat renews NFL deal

Modern Times Group-owned pan regional broadcast group Viasat Broadcasting has renewed its deal to air American football tournament the National Football League (NFL) across Scandinavia. The five year deal will include live broadcast rights on free television and pay television as well as live simulcast rights on mobile phones and online. 
In Sweden, viewers will […]

New blow for Canal Plus as Al Jazeera and M6 share Europa League

Al Jazeera has continued its assault on football rights in France by acquiring the rights to air Europa League matches for the next three seasons. Commercial broadcaster M6 obtained the right to air the best match from the competition on its W9 channel and to air the semi-final and final. The rights are currently held […]

Discovery posts double-digit profit and revenue growth

Factual channel provider Discovery has reported double digit profit and revenue increases for the year to end-December. International networks were a key growth driver, and revenues increased 16% year on year, taking the total to US$1.45 billion (€1.11 billion). Profit was up 18% and totaled US$645 million. Affiliate fees accounted for US$890 million of the […]

French external media boosted by France 24 Arabic launch

The channels run by France’s external media organisation, Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), have doubled their audience worldwide in the last three years, the AEF has said. News channel France 24, and radio services RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya reached a combined weekly audience of over 90 million viewers and listeners last year, compared […]

Lagardère names Micoleau as programming chief

Lagardère has named Laurent Micoleau as programming chief at its Lagardère Active media arm. In the role of secretary-general for programming and broadcast TV, Micoleau will be charged with leading programming strategy for the company’s channels in France and internationally and supervising programme acquisition and production. Micoleau, who was previously secretary-general for broadcast channels, will […]

BBC confirms Olympic 3D coverage

The BBC has confirmed that it will air some Olympic events, including the men’s 100 metre final, in 3D. The public broadcaster will also deliver 3D coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies and a highlights package at the end of each day. 3D content will be available via the BBC’s HD channel on all […]