Broadcasters


Euronews expands in East Africa with Zuku debut

African pay TV platform Zuku has added the English version of news channel Euronews to its line-up. Zuku DTH is currently available in Kenya, where it has 10,000 subscribers. It will launch in Uganda later this month and in Tanzania in November, where Zuku operator Wanachi is predicting 50,000 subscribers by the end of 2011. […]

Discovery launches more channels on DStv

Discovery Networks CEEMEA is to launch two new channels on the South Africa-based pay TV platform DStv. From October 14 Discovery ID (Investigation Discovery) and female-focused TLC will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on […]

EBU names first media director

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser as its first media director. Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, who will take up her post in February, will lead the newly formed media department, which consolidates the activities of the television and radio departments, as well as news services. Since 2006 Nyberg Frankenhaeuser has been the director […]

MyTF1VOD offering US shows via Facebook

French broadcaster TF1’s video-on-demand service MyTF1VOD is making US series available via Facebook for the first time. To accompany its ‘Series en Direct des USA’ VOD offering, MyTF1VOD will provide access to shows via its Social Premium VOD Séries Facebook application. Having launched its first foray into Facebook VOD in June with a show fronted […]

L’Equipe TV looking to go free-to-air

Following TF1’s request for information channel LCI to be moved to free-to-air on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, L’Equipe TV’s owner wants to do the same for the sports channel. L’Equipe director-general François Morinière, interviewed on the Le.Buzz.Media web show from Orange and Le Figaro, said that he believed sport could be an indispensable addition to the […]

Turner offers Adult Swim episodes via Facebook

Turner Broadcasting UK has begun offering shows from its Adult Swim animation channel on Facebook via the Social Cinema service launched by Facebook commerce agency Milyoni earlier this year. Shows inlcuding Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hungerforce, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! can be accessed via Milyoni’s Social Cinema technology, which […]

Food Network HD on Zon

Scripps Networks International’s Food Network HD channel will be available as part of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimédia’s line-up from October 10. Food Network will be available to all Zon HD pack digital subscribers, following a deal brokered by Food Network EMEA’s distribution partner Chello Zone. The channel is already carried on Portugal Telecom […]

Nick HD in Polish launch

An HD version of kids channel Nickelodeon has launched in Poland on Cyfrowy Polsat’s DTH platform. Subscribers to Polsat’s Family HD package can from today watch Viacom International Media Networks’ Nickelodeon HD, which broadcasts series including Super Ninja and Power Rangers. It is the sixth channel to launch in the Family HD package.

Channel 4 takes more capacity on Astra for HD

Satellite operator SES has struck a new long-term contract with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to provide additional capacity on its recently launched Astra 1N satellite. The new capacity will be used to transmit Channel 4’s main high-definition service together with further HD services over the coming years. Channel 4 already has three transponders under contract […]

DTG’s D-Book 7 approves HbbTV specs

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the standards organisation that represents over 100 UK TV companies, has approved HbbTV-based connected TV specifications in the latest version of the D-Book, its digital-terrestrial TV technology specifications. D-Book 7, which was published in draft earlier this year, defines the critical interoperable coexistence of broadcast and broadband services and devices […]