Trace for CYTA

France-based music and sports channel provider Trace has secured carriage for its Trace Sports, Trace Urban and Trace Tropical channels with Cypriot pay TV provider CYTA. The channels have been included in CYTA’s value package, which has over 40,000 subscribers.

BBC to launch first ‘companion screen’ app for Antiques Roadshow

The BBC plans to launch its first ‘companion screen’ app associated with its Antiques Roadshow show in September. Victoria Jaye, head of IPTV and TV online content at the BBC, revealed at the Connected TV World Summit yesterday that the first public launch of a companion screen service will be an app based around the […]

Lagardère could relaunch Canal Plus IPO

Lagardère could try again to launch an IPO of its stake in pay TV operator Canal Plus in the coming months, according to the company’s chief, Arnaud Lagardère. Lagardère told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting that the financial markets were now becoming open again and that he would not be surprised if the company […]

Chello Central Europe strikes new carriage deals

Chello Central Europe, the Liberty Global-owned pan-regional broadcast group, has inked a number of carriage deals for its channel TV Paprika and Zone Romantica. 
The company has inked a deal with UPC’s Focus Sat in Romania for cooking channel TV Paprika, while female skewing Zone Romantica will launch on UPC Direct platform in Hungary. Both […]

MTG completes Bet24 sale

Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its betting arm Bet24 to Unibet. The company received €10.8 million as part of the initial transaction and the remaining 20% will be paid by June 30, 2012, subject to the fulfillment of certain contractual conditions. MTG announced its intention to sell the betting arm in […]

History stakes its claim to be growth leader

History has laid a claim to be the fastest growing pay TV channel in the key western European markets of the UK, Italy and Spain in the first quarter. The A+E Networks-owned channel grew its ratings by 65% year-on-year in the primetime 18-plus demographic, compared with growth of 35% last year. In Italy the channel […]

EchoStar launches ‘slimmest’ DVR

TV technology provider EchoStar has launched what it claims is the world’s slimmest digital TV recorder for the UK’s Freeview digital-terrestrial service. The Ultra Slim Box/HDT-610R comes in a 14mm aluminium chassis and is available from today. The Freeview Plus HD device includes a 500GB hard drive for up to 300 hours of recording, a […]

France Télévisions unveils Pluzz VàD

France Télévisions yesterday officially launched its new video-on-demand service Pluzz VàD, complementing its existing Plus seven-day catch-up TV service. Pluzz VàD, which will be available via IPTV, the internet, tablets and smartphones, is launching with a catalogue of about 3,000 titles, including drama series, documentaries, magazine and kids programming, live events and French and international […]

Negative parliamentary report won’t hit News Corp’s credit rating

Moody’s says that it will not change its rating on News Corp, in the wake of a UK parliamentary report this week that was highly critical of the behaviour of the company during the phone-hacking scandal.
 The credit ratings agency said that News’ strong cash position and free cash flow generation insulates it from any […]

TV4 launches Fakta XL

Sweden’s TV4 will launch a new channel, TV4 Fakta XL, in August. The channel, which will replace TV4 Science Fictions, will complement the existing Fakta channel, offering a range of programming on the themes of adventure, technology, science, history and current affairs. Programmes will include Danish series Korrespondenterna, Att dö för Mount Everest and a […]