New European 3D launch for Discovery

Discovery has inked its second major 3D programming deal in Europe, our sister publication TBI has revealed. The company’s Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) division has cut a deal with Digiturk, which will take a raft of Discovery’s 3D content. The Turkish digital pay TV platform’s linear 3D channel rolls out […]

Discovery’s DMAX to launch on HD Plus

Discovery’s free-to-air general entertainment channel DMAX is to launch on satellite operator SES’ HD Plus platform in Germany in May. The male skewing channel, which airs local series including Die Ludolf and D Tech as well as international content including American Chopper and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days, will become the 14th commercial broadcaster to sign […]

Tony Orsten returning to the UK after leaving TwoFour54

Tony Orsten is returning to the UK following his departure from Abu Dhabi media hub TwoFour54.
 Orsten announced earlier this year that Noura Al Kaabi was taking over as CEO of TwoFour54, but said he was staying on in Abu Dhabi until this month. Orsten told DTVE’s sister publication TBI that he couldn’t reveal details […]

ARD and ZDF plan Germany’s Gold VOD service

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning to launch an advertising-supported online video-on-demand service that will make archive content available to viewers. However, the service is unlikely to launch before the end of the year, according to the broadcasters. The pair have yet to decide on a final name for the service, currently dubbed […]

CTC International launches in Kyrgyzstan

Russian broadcaster CTC Media’s international channel CTC International is launching in the central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan after striking a deal with broadcast group Europe Asia. The channel, which is available in the US, Israel, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and other parts of central Asia via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite platform, will […]

YahSat 1B launched

The YahSat 1B satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur onboard a Proton-M launcher on Monday night. The satellite, owned by UAE-based YahSat, which includes a Ka-band payload, will provide services to customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and south-western Asia. YahSat 1A was launched last year from French Guiana onboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

News Corp emails throw question mark over Hunt

A question mark has arisen over the future of UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, following the release of emails by News Corp to the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking that appeared to show Hunt had indicated, ahead of a statement to parliament, that he was minded to give a green light to News Corp’s merger […]

Vectra adds HBO Go

Polish cable operator Vectra has begun offering HBO’s on-demand service HBO Go to its customers. The premium service, which enables HBO subscribers to view content on multiple screens, is available together with the HBO digital TV service for a promotional price of PLN29.90 (EUR7) to subscribers who sign up for a 12-month contract. Vectra customers […]

CSA rejects free-to-air move for Paris Premiere

French media regulator the CSA has rejected a renewed approach by commercial broadcaster M6 to change its digital-terrestrial pay TV channel Paris Premiere to a free service, according to a report in daily La Tribune. M6 had originally applied to change the channel to free-to-air in May last year, but the move was rejected by […]

Modern Times nets Champions League rights

Modern Times Group has picked up Champions League soccer rights for the Czech Republic. MTG has taken free and pay TV and mobile and internet rights. Live games will be transmitted on the Prima Cool channel. The deal runs until 2015. MTG already has Champions League soccer rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, […]