Sony SAB launches on Freesat

Sony Entertainment Network’s Sony SAB channel has joined the Freesat platform in the UK. The Hindi-language channel, which airs a mix of comedy shows and movies aimed at the South Asian population in the UK, went free-to-air on the Sky platform at the beginning of June, having previously been a pay TV service. On Freesat, […]

Etisalat strikes deal with Al Jazeera Sport

Middle Eastern pay TV operator Etisalat has struck a deal with Al Jazeera Sport that will allow its customers to watch the Euro 2012 soccer championships. The deal means that subscribers can access the Al Jazeera Sport channel by subscribing to its sports package. The package includes Al Jazeera +1 to +10, HD 1 and […]

TVN sells control of Onet for €217.5 million

Polish broadcaster TVN is selling control of the Onet internet portal to Ringier Axel Springer Media for €217.5 million. Onet is Poland’s leading portal and Ringier Axel Springer Media, a joint venture between German publisher Axel Springer and its Swiss counterpart Ringier, will take a 75% stake. Under the terms of the agreement a separate […]

Viasat Motor makes Baltic debut

MTG-backed commercial broadcaster Viasat has launched its pay-channel Viasat Motor in the Baltic region. The channel has secured rights for various motor events, including Formula1, Moto GP, and Nascar. It joins Viasat’s other channels for the Baltic region that include Viasat Sport Baltic, Viasat Golf and Viasat Premier League HD. Viasat Motor SD will be […]

A+E ups Sean Cohan

A+E Networks has promoted Sean Cohan to executive vice-president, international. Cohan will continue to report to Steve Ronson, executive vice-president, enterprises. Ronson said: “Sean and his team delivered strong growth every year for the International division and put our brands in the number one, number two or number three position in the factual category in […]

ITV releases new version of Player

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched version 2.0 of its ITV Player app. The app is now available to download from the iTunes store to use on iOS devices. According to ITV, the new version of the app includes a number of advanced integrated features including live streaming, AirPlay mirroring support and the ability for […]

Lagardère names kids programming chief

Lagardère Group has named Sebastien Liefferinckx as director of programmes at kids channel Gulli. Liefferinckx, who will also have responsibility for Lagardère’s range of youth and family-oriented channels, comprising Gulli, Canal J, TiJi and La Chaîne du père Noël, will report to Lagardère Active channels chief Laurent Micouleau. He replaces Ariane Suveg, who has decided […]

Sony Pictures updates EMEA TV management structure

Sony Pictures Television Networks has launched a new management structure across Europe and has promoted two of its key executives. The international channels arm of the Hollywood studio has promoted Kate Marsh to senior vice-president, western Europe, where she will add Iberia, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and France to her existing remit covering the UK and […]

Lovefilm strikes NBCU deal 

UK online streaming service Lovefilm has struck a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution that gives viewers access to films during the second pay window.
 The multi-year agreement increases the competition between Amazon-owned Lovefilm and Netflix, which launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year.
The deal is Lovefilm’s latest studio […]

TF1 loses YouTube court case

TF1 has lost its case against Google, which a French court ruled was not responsible for ensuring material carried on its YouTube website was copyright cleared. It ruled that YouTube was a hosting platform for content and as such was not responsible for its editing and filtering. It added that YouTube had made the appropriate […]