Viaplay launches in Russia

Modern Times Group has launched its Viaplay online pay TV service in Russia. The service was previously available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The service, which is being made available via broadband internet across Russia, delivers an online on-demand subscription service, offering unlimited on-demand access to streamed TV series and documentaries, as well as […]

France Télévisions: no free movies on Pluzz

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has decided against offering films free of charge on its catch-up TV service Pluzz, according to local reports. The broadcaster had announced its intention to add films to the service a year ago, but failed to strike a deal with rights organisations. Separately, Jean Réveillon has been named head of […]

Sky Deutschland adds kids programming to Sky Anytime

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is to add kids programmes to its Sky Anytime catch-up offering from April 6. The service will launch with content from Cartoon Network, Boomerang and German kids channel Junior, with Nicktoons to follow. Content available will include Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Ben 10 and Biene Maja. Shows are available […]

Scripps looking to further international expansion

Channel provider Scripps Networks Interactive is likely to look to further international acquisitions following its acquisition of the UK‘s Travel Channel in March. Speaking to journalists at the MIP TV event in Cannes at the weekend, Scripps Networks Interactive general manager Bob Baskerville said that the company was “very serious about growing its international business”. […]

Trace Sports HD launches on Numericable

French broadcaster Trace has signed a carriage deal with Numericable for its new sports channel Trace Sports. The channel, dedicated to sports celebrities, will launch in HD on the French cable operator’s network on April 12. Launched in June 2011, Trace Sports has secured distribution agreements in 70 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin […]

A+E poach Sundance exec as international MD

A+E Networks has appointed Christopher Barry as managing director, international strategy and digital media.  Based in New York and reporting to Sean Cohan, senior vice-president, international for A+E Networks, Barry will develop the division’s strategic initiatives in partnership with executives around the world and cultivate new growth opportunities, including investments and partnerships. He will also oversee […]

EBU gets media rights for 2018 and 2012 World Cups

The EBU has secured all exclusive media rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.  The deal covers the rights for 37 countries in Europe and means that nearly 40 EBU Members will provide free-to-air coverage of most matches in the next three FIFA World Cups. EBU […] adds Fox Movies

Croatian cable operator has added the Fox Movies channel to its line-up to its Total TV service. The movie channel will air titles including X-Men, Lara Croft, Juno and The Queen.

Eutelsat adds HbbTV interactivity to KabelKiosk

Eutelsat’s KabelKiosk platform, which serves cable operators in Germany and neighbouring countries, is adding an interactive portal using the HbbTV standard. The KabelKiosk Choice service will offer VOD and catch-up TV services along with access to news portals and local information. Eutelsat said it was removing the requirements for cable operators to make significant investments […]

Channel 4 VOD views up 10% year-on-year

Channel 4’s online VOD platform 4oD attracted 45 million views in February, bringing total year-to-date views to 93 million. That figure is 10% higher year-on-year. There were 4.3 million unique 4oD users during the month, each spending an average of two hours watching content. Drama was the most watched genre on 4oD with Skins, Hollyoaks, […]