Broadcasters


M6’s Téva goes free-to-air on Orange TV

M6’s female-focused channel Téva has moved from pay TV to free-to-air on the Orange TV platform. The company said the move would enable the channel to extend its reach by five million, taking its total audience reach to 25 million.

Rostelecom strikes deal with Disney, eyes expansion

Russian service provider Rostelecom has struck a deal with Disney to make Disney content available on-demand in standard and high-definition. Rostelecom’s IPTV subscribers will be able to access Disney movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean. The operator provides IPTV services under a number of brands to about […]

TV4 to air BBC World News content



BBC World News, the UK public broadcaster’s international news channel, and Swedish broadcaster TV4 have signed a deal agreeing a deal that will allow the new TV4 News channel to broadcast some BBC World News programming each week. TV4 News is scheduled to launch on January 24. Under the deal, it will air BBC News […]

Telemach to restart broadcast of ProSiebenSat.1 channels 


Telemach and other Slovenian cable operators have struck a deal with VG Media, which represents private broadcasters in Germany, that will enable them to re-start broadcasting ProSiebenSat.1 channels Pro7, Sat.1 and Kabel 1. The agreement between Slovenian cable operators’ association ZKOS and VG Media overcame previous disagreements about terms for the broadcast of the channels. […]

Discovery’s Spanish channel rolls out


Discovery’s free-to-air Spanish channel Discovery Max rolls out today. The service is a joint-venture with Unidad Editorial. The channel is programmed with Discovery content and current affairs programming from Spanish publishing group Unidad. Discovery mainly operates pay TV channels but has launched a few free-to-air channels in other European markets, including DMAX, which debuted in […]

Disney tops 100 million landmark in EMEA

Disney Channel now reaches more than 100 million TV homes in the EMEA region. The launch of the channel on the Turkish Free Sat service took it into an additional 11 million TV homes and propelled past it the 100 million mark. Disney said the Turkish channel, which targets kids aged 2-to-14, will air a […]

EBU in Wimbledon distribution deal

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will continue to distribute the rights to the Wimbledon tennis tournament until 2014 after signing a new deal with The All England Lawn Tennis Club. The EBU’s sports content distributor, Eurovision, will provide various services during the annual tournament, including global delivery of the World Feed in HD and a […]

Discovery reorganises senior management


Channel operator Discovery has appointed Andrew Warren its new chief financial officer as part of a wider restructuring of its senior management. Warren’s previous experience includes a stint at GE/NBC Universal and he will join Discovery as chief financial officer and senior executive vice-president in late March. Other changes include the promotion of David Leavy […]

Lagardère Active snaps up online catch-up platform

French media group Lagardère Active has acquired online catch-up TV platform TV-replay.fr. Launched in April 2009, the site directs users to content from various broadcasters, including TF1, Canal Plus and Eurosport. The service has increased its audience share by almost 70% in 12 months and had nearly 1.7 million users in November 2011. Lagardère has […]

CSA receives 31 DTT proposals, Canal Plus pulls out

French media regulator the CSA has received 31 proposals to launch services on six new HD digital-terrestrial channels to be allocated this year. However, pay TV operator Canal Plus is not amongst the applicants. Commercial broadcaster TF1 has proposed the launch of a domestic fiction-focused channel code-named HD1, shopping channel Tendances 24 and female-skewed lifestyle […]