Eurosport toasts five million app downloads

Eurosport’s mobile apps have been downloaded five million times since it launched two years ago. The sports broadcaster said that its it live sports news and Eurosport Player live streaming apps, available on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices, receive on average 650,000 daily visitors. Eurosport launched its free app for iPhone in […]

Lagardère increases profit in broadcast division

French media giant Lagardère increased profits at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active. Lagardère Active reported first half recurring operating profit of €52 million, up €16 million year-on-year. Excluding the International Magazine business, recurring operatingprofit totaled €20 million, up €2million. The company said the growth was down in part […]

EBU to present technical advances amongst members

The European Broadcasting Union will demonstrate the depth of technological media innovation and experience among the public service broadcasters that make up the EBU Membership at IBC. According to the EBU, the advent of large HD domestic screens has made consumers hungrier than ever for higher quality broadcast transmissions. 1080p/50 is a format at the […]

Channel 4 News arrives on 4oD

Channel 4 is adding news programming to its catch-up platform 4oD. The broadcaster’s weekday Channel 4 News programmes will be available for 24 hours after broadcast via the 4oD website and iPad app. Vicky Taylor, commissioning editor new media, news and current affairs at Channel 4 News said, “4oD is the most successful commercial player […]

All Go for TLC in Malta

Discovery is launching its female skewing network TLC in Malta after striking a deal with pay TV operator Go. This will be the channel’s first launch in the country and is part of its expansion internationally as it hopes to launch in 75 countries and 100 million global homes by the end of the year. […]

BBC to trial Super HD at Olympics

UK public broadcaster the BBC will air “every hour of every event” at next year’s Olympic Games and will trial a Super High Definition service in association with Japanese broadcaster NHK. However, 3D television would only play a “limited” role, according to BBC director of sport Roger Mosey. 
 The BBC will launch up to […]

Lagardère unlikely to IPO Canal Plus stake anytime soon

French media group Lagardère is unlikely to launch an IPO of its 20% stake in pay TV group Canal Plus France in current market conditions, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin. D’Hinnin told financial daily Les Echos that the company was still willing to sell but that a public offering was probably not feasible […]

EBU-backed social network pilot goes live

An EBU-backed pilot that uses social networks to allow TV viewers to choose broadcasters’ schedules has launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia. The project, called Eurovision TV Lab, is being trialled until September 3 by ZDF in Germany, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and VRT in Belgium, with users able to vote for their favourite pilot […]

CME launches VOD in Slovakia

Broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has launched its Voyo video-on-demand service into its fourth market, Slovakia. will offer catch-up TV content from CME-owned channels Markiza and Doma, sport and music event, live streaming of some shows and advanced previews of broadcasts. Viewers will also have access to a range of international and domestic […]

ProSiebenSat.1 to buy back up to 10% of shares

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to buy back up to 10% of the company’s shares as part of an overall share buyback. The company announced plans to initially buy back 2.5 million shares – or almost 2.3% of the company’s preferred stock and about 1.15% of its total share capital – as part of […]