Broadcasters


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 […]

Canal Plus condemns reported CSA proposals as threat to European content creation

Canal Plus has reacted angrily to a report in Le Point magazine that revealed regulator the CSA would recommend a series of strongly restrictive measures to counter the market power of the pay TV operator in its submission to France’s competition authority. The competition regulator asked the CSA to submit its opinion on the market […]

Middle East pay TV channels stand at 143

The number of pay TV channels in the Middle East region stood at 143 at the end of February, according to a study by Arab Advisors Group. The group said that the region’s four satellite pay TV operators – Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), Al Jazeera Sports Plus, Abu Dhabi Sports and Al Majd – offered […]

Time Warner increases stake in CME

US media company Time Warner has increased its stake in pan regional European broadcaster Central European Media (CME). Time Warner has increased its stake to 40% and will provide a US$300 million (€227 million) loan to pay the company’s debts, which are due in 2013 as CME struggles with a slower than expected pickup in […]

Zee TV launches two channels in UAE


Indian broadcaster Zee TV is launching two channels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company is launching general entertainment network Zee TV HD and movie channel Zee Cinema HD through satellite operator eLife TV. Zee TV HD will air reality series and event programming including Dance India Dance and the Zee Rishtey Awards, while […]

Discovery acquires digital production company

International factual channel operator Discovery Communications is close to acquiring digital production company Revision3. Discovery is reportedly in talks to acquire the company for up to US$40 million (€30 million), which would make it Discovery’s largest digital acquisition since it acquired How Stuff Works for US$250 million in 2007. Revision3, which is run by CEO […]

Hulu reportedly moving to allow only pay TV users to view

US online TV service Hulu is taking the first steps towards making content on its service only available to existing pay TV subscribers, according to a report in the New York Post. According to the Post, citing unnamed sources, the move towards an authentication model – whereby viewers would have to log in with their […]