MTG gets new ice hockey deal 

Modern Times Group has extended a deal for free and pay TV rights to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship throughout the Baltic region. The deal, which also includes mobile and digital rights, has been extended until 2017. MTG will carry 20 games from the tournament on its free channels in the region and 50 […]

TF1 re-enters pay TV world with Lib’Télé

French broadcaster TF1 is set to re-enter the pay TV world five years after the merger of TPS with Canal Plus. The commercial broadcaster is launching a pre-paid offering on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. TF1 has teamed up with electronics retailer Boulanger to launch the pre-paid card, which will give access to news channel LCI […]

Eurosport and ESPN pick up Club World Cup rights

Eurosport and ESPN have jointly been awarded the rights to the FIFA Club World Cup tournament for 27 European territories. Eurosport has secured the live TV rights for all eight matches in 22 countries, and for the two semi finals and the final in France, Germany, Austria and Luxemburg. ESPN picked up the UK rights […]

OTE adds BBC World News

Greek pay TV operator OTE has added the BBC World News channel to its line-up. The news channel is available to all OTE satellite and IPTV subscribers in the Family Pack and Full Pack bouquets. The addition of the channel takes the total number of channels offered by OTE to 47. BBC World News is […]

Turner to boost local production in Germany

Following the announcement in September of its planned launch of a female-focused channel, Glitz, next year, Turner Broadcasting is reportedly aiming to further strengthen its position in the German market by launching the first original production for its TNT Series channel in the New Year, and has hired Andrea Gunther and Sascha Kunth to head […]

EBU members agree to develop hybrid TV for 2012

Twenty three members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to collaborate on the development of hybrid TV to enable a full roll out of the technology next year. The announcement came at the EBU’s 67th annual assembly. The group of broadcasters will exchange best practices and support one another to push through a […]

Al Jazeera launches live news apps

News channel operator Al Jazeera has launched new applications for Android and Blackberry mobile devices that allow users to access live broadcasts. The new apps will also allow users to upload content directly. Both are free and aimed at the Arabic-speaking market. Mohammed Al Mokhtar, head of Arabic, said: “There’s been significant demand from […]

Comedy Central rolls out in Sub-Saharan Africa

MTV is launching its Comedy Central channel in sub-Saharan Africa next week on DStv. It will roll out on December 6, at 7.30pm, on the Multichoice-backed pay TV platform, reaching 47 territories in the region. The channel will be English-language and have popular Comedy Central shows including South Park and The Daily Show with Jon […]

INEA adds Disney Junior

Polish cable operator INEA has added Disney Junior to its programming line-up. The channel will be offered as part of INEA’s Wygodny, Wygodny HD and Wygodny PVR packages for an initial promotional period, before being made available in the digital INEA Rozrywka, INEA Max, INEA Relax and INEA Bajka packages in the New Year. [ad_banner]

iPlayer launches in Canada

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of British public broadcaster the BBC, has launched its online streaming service iPlayer in Canada. This marks the 16th international launch of the service, which has also launched in countries including Australia and across Scandinavia. The service will initially be available as a subscription service on the Apple iPad as […]