BBC’s commercial goals lack ambition, say MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has criticised the BBC for lack of ambition in delivering results from its commercial activities. A report by the public accounts committee has criticised the public broadcaster’s plan to deliver an extra £40 million (€48 million) a year from the activities of BBC Worldwide, its commercial arm, by 2016-17, up from […]

Lovefilm launches Disney’s on-demand service in Germany

Lovefilm Germany has launched Disney’s branded ABC On Demand service. The deal means that Lovefilm customers in Germany can access ABC Studios series including Lost and Desperate Housewives on-demand via their PC, tablet or connected games console or TV. The service is packaged with Lovefilm’s Ultimate package, which costs €9.99 per month.
Disney has now rolled […]

Kupsky to leave Turner Broadcast

Turner Broadcasting Systems’ EMEA chief Jeff Kupsky is leaving the company. Kupsky, who re-located to London to set up a regional development office for Turner in 1997 and became EMEA president since 2007, will leave within the next few weeks. His decision to quit is believed to have been taken before the appointment last month […]

Chello CE appoints sales boss

Chello Central Europe has appointed Dominik Tzimas regional sales director and country manager for Poland. Tzimas, who started in the new role this month, will work across Chello Central Europe brands in Poland and expand sales activity in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. He joins from the publishing sector where he worked for companies […]

OTE TV to carry CNBC

Greek IPTV and digital satellite service OTE TV has added financial news channel CNBC to its line-up. CNBC is available to all of the Greek telco’s TV subscribers, via both satellite and the Conn-x internet connection. The service offers about 50 channels in total.

Mediaset hails success of Play, plans iPad launch

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is to launch its Premium Play on-demand service on the iPad in April. The service currently provides access to about 2,000 titles via TV, PC and Xbox. Mediaset said users were currently viewing an average of 2.3 million programmes a month, with subscribers accessing the service three to four times a week […]

BBC launches Russian news app

The BBC has launched a new Russian language news app for iPhones. The BBC Russian App offers content from the website, including breaking news stories and video reports. The app can be personalised to focus on specific news areas including Russian news, world news, UK news, business, sport, society, multimedia and science and technology. […]

Howling raises idea of ‘Freeview Smart’, with YouView as niche product

Freeview managing director Ilse Howling raised the possibility that connected TV services could reach a mass audience on Freeview without the need for a YouView set-top box at today’s Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London. Howling said that while total Freeview sales stood at 20 million as of today, sales of Freeview HD devices […]

Use of red button could transform connected TV, says iPlayer chief

Connected TV platforms are too complicated and are deterring consumer from using services, according to BBC iPlayer general manager Daniel Danker. Speaking at the Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London this morning, Danker said the bulk of growth in the use of iPlayer was now on connected TVs. While iPlayer on PC grew by […]

Analysts bullish on ProSieben

Analysts have upgraded their forecasts on ProSiebenSat.1 after the German broadcast group posted solid financial results yesterday. Morgan Stanley, which was forecasting flat revenues from the company’s German operations this year, is now predicting 1.7% growth, based on a strong start to the year and commitments from advertisers. The investment bank also slightly increased its […]