BBC extends lower league soccer highlights deal

The BBC has extended a rights deal for non-Premiere League soccer games. The UK public broadcaster has secured highlights coverage of games from the three Football League divisions for three more years. The deal also includes the Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The BBC airs weekly coverage of the games in the Saturday night […]

Mediaset voices TV advertising concerns

A senior executive at Mediaset has said that the TV advertising market shows no signs of improving this year or next and that the Italian media giant faces renewed competition from Internet-focused rivals.
 Reuters reports Marco Paolini, strategic marketing director for Mediaset as saying: “We expect the advertising market will be very bad in 2012 […]

Euronews and BBC World News increase reach

News broadcasters Euronews and BBC World News have increased their reach, according to new EMS research. Euronews’s TV channel reaches 15% more viewers than a year ago, while its website has increased its reach by 19%. Each month, 15.2 million Europeans access Euronews on TV, online or via a tablet or smartphone, with digital platforms […]

TwoFour54 unveils 30% rebate for TV producers

Abu Dhabi media development group TwoFour54 is introducing a rebate for TV and film producers shooting in the Emirate. 
The scheme is the first of its kind in the Middle East and TwoFour54 chief operating officer Wayne Borg told told DTVE’s sister publication TBI that discussion with producers are underway and he expects the first […]

TalkTalk preparing YouView Q3 launch

UK telco TalkTalk says YouView is on course to launch by the end of September. 
 Announcing its full year results, TalkTalk said it expected to launch a triple-play package featuring the connected TV platform between July and September. “YouView will bring to our customers all of the ‘plug-in-and-watch’ simplicity of Freeview, plus the UK’s […]

Viacom reveals social media results

Media giant Viacom has published the results of its research into social media. “While fairly nascent, social TV and co-viewing trends are growing rapidly, representing a shift in TV viewing from a lean-back to a lean-forward experience,” Viacom said. It went on to identify different types of ‘social viewing’ and notes that 61% of respondents […]

Eurosport to bring Roland Garros in 3D to UK

Eurosport will broadcast coverage of the Roland Garros tennis tournament in 3D in the UK. The sports broadcaster will deliver a live 3D feed from centre court at Roland Garros to BSkyB’s customers during the tournament, from May 28 to June 10. Jean Thierry Augustin, Eurosport’s managing director of rights acquisition, distribution and development said: “Eurosport was the […]

UKTV strikes major output deal with Channel 4

UK digital channels group UKTV has inked an output deal with Channel 4 and will take 350 hours of factual and entertainment programming that has aired on the free-to-air channel.
 Channel 4 does not have a programme sales arm but has worked with the various independent producers to broker the deal for their secondary rights. […]

ITV launches new online service for Euro2012

UK broadcaster ITV has unveiled its dedicated digital offering for the Euro2012 football championship. ITV has created a new site as the first iteration of a new digital sport product that will roll out in due course, incorporating a real-time rolling news feature. Viewers who want to watch matches on a non-TV screen will be […]

BBC moving kids programming to dedicated digital channels

The BBC is moving all of its kids programming to its dedicated CBeebies and CBBC kids channel  the UK public broadcaster confirmed yesterday. The cost-cutting measure will see kids shows that currently air on BBC One and BBC Two, including iconic and long-running series Blue Peter, migrate to the dedicated kids services. Defending the move, […]