Broadcasters


Volia boosts HD offering

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has boosted its HD offering with the addition of Modern Times Group channels Viasat History HD and Viasat Nature HD. The channels will be available in promotional mode until the end of the year, after which subscribers will be polled on the changes. Volia’s HD package currently comprises Nat Geo HD, […]

Canal Plus Group in talks to acquire TVN

Canal Plus Group and Polish commercial broadcaster TVN have revealed that they are in exclusive negotiations to establish a strategic partnership in Poland. Wojciech Kostrzewa, CEO of ITI Holdings, TVN’s parent company, told Bloomberg that the two sides were working to reach an agreement by the end of this year. ITI Holdings is seeking to […]

Viasat adds nine catch-up channels

Pan Nordic broadcaster Viasat has added nine channels to its online catch-up television service Viaplay. The channels will be available on the digital platform across the region. Channels including classic movie network TCM, MTV, CNN, CNBC News, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, Boomerang as well as Viasat’s own Crime Play channel. Niclas Ekdahl, chief executive, […]

Al Jazeera to launch new sports channel

Al Jazeera Media Network is launching a sports news channel across the Middle East next month. The channel, which will be distributed via satellite platform Nilesat, will launch on November 1. This coincides with the 15th anniversary of Al Jazeera. The channel will cover all major international sports events and tournaments including the English, Spanish, […]

Etisalat launches new channels

Middle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launching three channels from India’s Times Television Network. The company, which operates the e-Vision pay TV service in the United Arab Emirates, is launching Times Now, ET Now and Zoom as it looks to appeal to the growing South Asian community in the country. The deal was announced […]

BBC extends Wimbledon rights deal

The BBC has extended its deal to broadcast the Wimbledon tennis championship until 2017. The UK public broadcaster’s latest deal with the All England Club extends its existing contract as host broadcaster by three years.

Numericable adds ESPN America HD

French cable operator Numericable has added ESPN America HD to its line-up. The service, which offers sports including Major League Baseball, NFL football and NCAA basketball, is available on Numericable’s channel 160. Numericable said it now offered 25 channels in full HD on its platform.

Du teams up with Intelsat for distribution platform

UAE service provider du has teamed up with satellite operator Intelsat to jointly offer turnkey multichannel per carrier (MCPC) television programme distribution solutions on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68.5° East. The new MCPC platform, part of the IntelsatONE network, will enable programmers in the Middle East to reach viewers in the Middle East and […]

BBC agrees S4C funding deal

The BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body, has agreed a funding deal for Welsh-language channel S4C until 2017. The Trust said the arrangement will protect the editorial and managerial independence of S4C, whilst safeguarding appropriate accountability to the Trust for licence fee funding spent by the service. The deal follows negotiations between S4C, the BBC […]

CME doubles profit as key markets recover


CME doubled OIBDA profit and posted a healthy increase in revenues in the nine months to end-September. The Central and Eastern Europe-focused broadcast group registered revenue increases in its key markets, the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria in the period. Overall revenues for the nine months were US$587.9 million (€422.5 million), a 22.6% year-on-year increase […]