Hot adds Russian channels to line-up

Israeli cable operator Hot has added two Russian-language channels from Channel One’s World Network to its line-up. Hot has added biography and history channel Vremya and culinary channel Telekafe to its Russian-language package. The channels were previously only available on mobile TV in Israel. Hot already carries Channel One’s movie channel Dom Kino and kids […]

UK’s Channel 4 launches catch-up channel

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is launching a new channel programmed with content it has aired over the previous seven days. 4seven will launch later this year, Channel 4 chief executive David Abrahams said at the FT Digital Media Conference in London. The channel will be the first new service from Channel 4 since 2005. It […]

Lagardère Active improves profitability, CSA mulls Elle TV proposal

Lagardère Active, the media arm of the French conglomerate, improved its profitability last year thanks to improved cost control, the sale of Virgin 17, and improved results from its digital unit. The unit produced a net operational result of €95 million, up €10 year-on-year. Revenues were €1.441 billion, up 1.3% on a comparable basis, but […]

BSkyB cuts retransmission fees

News Corp-backed pay TV platform BSkyB has cut the amount that it charges the BBC to carry the public broadcaster’s TV channels. It has also cut the retransmission costs for the UK’s other major broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The broadcasters pay £24 million (€27 million) cumulatively and that will be cut to […]

Mediaset warns of job cuts

Mediaset’s chairman has warned of job cuts at the company if the country’s economy does not show signs of improvement. Chairman Fedele Confalonieri told local a parliamentary budget committee: “If there aren’t signs of a recovery, cutting our billions in investment and our two billion euros in costs becomes indispensable. For brevity’s sake, I don’t want […]

Discovery buys stake in French pay TV broadcaster

Discovery Networks International has acquired a 20% stake in French pay broadcaster Televista.  The move will see the global factual broadcaster help develop Televista’s female-skewing lifestyle channels including Via, which has applied for a license to run a digital terrestrial television (DTT) channel. Discovery will give Televista access to its library of female skewing content, […]

France’s content regime under threat from Google and Al Jazeera, says Canal Plus chief

The entry into TV of global internet companies including Google-YouTube and Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera present a threat to existing players and the French system of supporting content creation, according to Canal Plus president Bertrand Meheut. Writing in Le Monde, Meheut said that “new offers appearing where the mode of distribution escapes any regulatory […]

BBC News personalises Facebook page

UK broadcaster the BBC has launched a new feature on its BBC News Facebook page enabling users to personalise the mix of content that appears on their news feed. Facebook users that ‘like’ the BBC News Facebook page are now presented with a control panel of options that lets them select preferred subjects, correspondents and […]

BBC’s commercial goals lack ambition, say MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has criticised the BBC for lack of ambition in delivering results from its commercial activities. A report by the public accounts committee has criticised the public broadcaster’s plan to deliver an extra £40 million (€48 million) a year from the activities of BBC Worldwide, its commercial arm, by 2016-17, up from […]

Lovefilm launches Disney’s on-demand service in Germany

Lovefilm Germany has launched Disney’s branded ABC On Demand service. The deal means that Lovefilm customers in Germany can access ABC Studios series including Lost and Desperate Housewives on-demand via their PC, tablet or connected games console or TV. The service is packaged with Lovefilm’s Ultimate package, which costs €9.99 per month.
Disney has now rolled […]