iPlayer debuts down under

The BBC’s online TV platform iPlayer has launched in Australia on iPads. An iPlayer app is available to download from the iTunes store giving users access to over 1,000 hours of BBC content. A monthly subscription fee of AU$9.49 (€6.85) or AU$89.99 for a year will provide unlimited access to programmes segregated by genre, including […]

BBC appoints global iPlayer MD

Former UKTV boss Matthew Littleford has been promoted to general manager, global BBC iPlayer after joining BBC Worldwide earlier this year. Littleford joined the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster in April 2011 as creative director for the commercial and international video-on-demand service, which launched in 11 western European countries in July and in […]

Sports Tonight Live claims Freeview OTT first

A new sports channel has become the first OTT-delivered channel on the UK’s Freeview platform. Sports Tonight Live, fronted by former TalkSport Radio presenter Mike Parry, claims to be the first UK channel to be available on the Freeview HD platform with content delivered exclusively via broadband to set-top boxes. The channel is using VisionIPTV’s […]

Fox strikes Nat Geo Wild Spanish deals

Fox International Channels is launching Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Wild HD in Spain after striking a raft of carriage deals. The international channels arm of the Hollywood studio has struck distribution arrangements with satellite pay TV platform Digital Plus, IPTV service Imagenio and cable operators R and Euskaltel. This brings the total number […]

Nickelodeon promotes Coolman

Nickelodeon has promoted Victor Coolman to director of programming and acquisitions for its German, Swiss and Austrian networks. Coolman will now head programming for Nickelodeon North, which also includes Benelux and Scandinavia. In addition to this role, Coolman, who has been with the international kids company for six years, is in charge of Nick Jr. […]

MacLellan announces NBCU exec roster

Kevin MacLellan has announced his executive team at NBC Universal International. MacLellan assumed the president, international television, role at NBC Universal following the NBCU-Comcast merger last year and he has now detailed which executives will fill which senior positions. The new structure sees Ken Bettsteller return to the fold. Formerly COO of E! Entertainment, now […]

Warner Bros’ Italian chief Ferrari steps down

Warner Bros’ long-serving Italian boss Paolo Ferrari is retiring after 21 years at the Hollywood studio. Ferrari will leave his position as president and managing director, Warner Bros Entertainment Italy, next spring. In a long career in the entertainment business, Ferrari also worked for Columbia Tri-Star and MGM. He will be succeeded by Barbara Salabè. […]

Eurosport launches HD for Asia Pacific

Eurosport has added a HD channel to its Asia Pacific portfolio. Eurosport Asia-Pacific HD will join Eurosport Asia-Pacific and Eurosportnews, which are distributed in 19 countries and territories across the region. TFN Media and Kbro in Taiwan and SkyLife in South Korea are the first distribution platforms to be announced for the new channel. “Eurosport […]

Chello DMC to playout Fox’s new food channel

Broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been selected to provide playout, delivery services and content management for Fox International Channel’s new food lifestyle channel, 24Kitchen. The channel, a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding, will launch in the Netherlands on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway […]

Film 4 takes on iTunes with movie download service

Film 4, the movie channel operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, has launched a download-to-rent service that it claims will offer more new releases than any other service, including iTunes, Lovefilm and Blinkbox. Users of Film4oD are charged between £0.99 (€0.86) and £3.99 per download. Films are viewable as soon as they start downloading and […]