Broadcasters


Virgin Media boosts HD line-up with UKTV additions

Virgin Media is expanding its HD line-up with the addition of UKTV’s five HD channels. The UK cable operator will soon add Eden HD, Good Food HD, Watch HD and Dave HD to its platform, with Alibi HD to follow next year. This will take Virgin Media’s high-definition offering to 37 channels of which 24 […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]

MTG extends presence in Africa

Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes. StarTimes will also include the channels in its pay TV offering in Nigeria. Viasat History and Viasat Nature are each being broadcast 12 […]

BBC updates Android news app

UK public broadcaster the BBC has updated its news app for Android devices. The update to the app, which was launched in July, provides homescreen widgets that offer at-a-glance view of headlines, directly on the Android homescreen, improved personalisation, with the ability to add, remove and reorder news categories, and the ability to store the […]

Euronews expands in East Africa with Zuku debut

African pay TV platform Zuku has added the English version of news channel Euronews to its line-up. Zuku DTH is currently available in Kenya, where it has 10,000 subscribers. It will launch in Uganda later this month and in Tanzania in November, where Zuku operator Wanachi is predicting 50,000 subscribers by the end of 2011. […]

Discovery launches more channels on DStv

Discovery Networks CEEMEA is to launch two new channels on the South Africa-based pay TV platform DStv. From October 14 Discovery ID (Investigation Discovery) and female-focused TLC will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on […]

EBU names first media director

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser as its first media director. Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, who will take up her post in February, will lead the newly formed media department, which consolidates the activities of the television and radio departments, as well as news services. Since 2006 Nyberg Frankenhaeuser has been the director […]

MyTF1VOD offering US shows via Facebook

French broadcaster TF1’s video-on-demand service MyTF1VOD is making US series available via Facebook for the first time. To accompany its ‘Series en Direct des USA’ VOD offering, MyTF1VOD will provide access to shows via its Social Premium VOD Séries Facebook application. Having launched its first foray into Facebook VOD in June with a show fronted […]

L’Equipe TV looking to go free-to-air

Following TF1’s request for information channel LCI to be moved to free-to-air on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, L’Equipe TV’s owner wants to do the same for the sports channel. L’Equipe director-general François Morinière, interviewed on the Le.Buzz.Media web show from Orange and Le Figaro, said that he believed sport could be an indispensable addition to the […]

Turner offers Adult Swim episodes via Facebook

Turner Broadcasting UK has begun offering shows from its Adult Swim animation channel on Facebook via the Social Cinema service launched by Facebook commerce agency Milyoni earlier this year. Shows inlcuding Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hungerforce, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! can be accessed via Milyoni’s Social Cinema technology, which […]