NHK and BBC will use Olympics to showcase Super Hi Vision

Japanese public broadcaster NHK and its UK counterpart the BBC have confirmed that they are joining forces to showcase their Super Hi-Vision next generation TV service at the London Olympics next year. There will be public viewings using the Super  Hi-Vision system, which transmits images in sixteen times the resolution of regular high definition, in […]

Viasat launches Viaplay on Apple mobile devices

Viasat has launched a version of its online TV service on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The Viaplay app is available in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and can be downloaded from Apple’s proprietary digital App store. Subscribers will be able to use the app to access the three online TV packages, TV, TV+Film and TV+Film+Sport.

Grieder leaves Nickelodeon

Steve Grieder has left Nickelodeon and his position will not be filled, Informa Telecoms & Media understands. Grieder was executive senior vice president, international programme sales, at Nickelodeon International and has now left the Viacom-owned kids channel operator.
He told colleagues he was leaving before MIPCOM although he was at the trade show in Cannes in […]

Turner selects Digital Rapids for multiscreen transcoding

Turner Broadcasting System, the broadcaster behind Cartoon Network and CNN amongst others, is using video technology company Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD multi-format encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated transcoding software for multiscreen delivery. The solutions transform live feeds and on-demand content for delivery to multiple viewing platforms. 
StreamZHD encoders are used by Turner’s network […]

Chello DMC to provide playout for Dorcel channels

Chellomedia-owned broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been appointed by adult content provider Marc Dorcel to provide playout services for the Dorcel TV and Dorcel HD TV channels. Under the agreement, Chello DMC will playout the channel’s content whilst managing their programme scheduling. The channels will be available throughout Europe in SD and HD formats […]

Mediaset sees growth in pay TV

Revenues from Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s pay TV business increased by 16.5% in the first nine months of the year. Mediaset Premium generated revenues of €449.2 million in the period to September 30, compared to €385.5 million in the corresponding period last year. The number of Easy pay subscribers has also passed the two million mark, […]

Paolini: LCI likely to remain pay TV service

French news and information channel LCI, whose owner TF1 has been seeking a free-to-air slot on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, is now likely to remain a pay TV service, according to TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini. Paolini told a conference organised by NPA Conseil that remaining a pay TV channel was now the “most probable” outcome […]

Endemol will reject bids in favour of debt for equity deal

Producer and distributor Endemol will reject takeover approaches and instead pursue a debt for equity swap, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper cited people familiar with the situation as saying the business is unlikely to be sold and a debt for equity deal will be pursued instead, wiping about €2.3 billion from Endemol’s €2.8 […]

Netflix reportedly talking to ITV and Warner Bros for UK rights

Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros.

Analysts positive on TVN’s Canal Plus deal

Analysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company.
 “These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential […]