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 […]

Lagardère Active reports sales boost

French media group Lagardère increased sales at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active in the third quarter. Lagardère Active reported net sales of €267 million in the quarter ending September 30, up 3.9% on a like-for-like basis. The company said ad sales across the channels group, which includes DTT […]

Q&A: Jesús Perezagua, Fox International Channels

Fox now offers a wide range of channels in EMEA, including FX, Fox Crime and National Geographic. Jesús Perezagua, president Fox International Channels Europe and Africa, talked to Digital TV Europe about the company’s plans. What are your strategic priorities for the next year? Our number one priority is always to offer our affiliate and […]

Time Warner’s Endemol deal worth €1 billion

Time Warner is reportedly offering about €1 billion for Endemol in a deal that would involve the US media giant providing the producer and distributor with €100 million of working capital. The Time Warner bid came to light late last week and followed news of another potential deal that would see existing Endemol shareholder and […]

Eurosport 2 goes Dutch

Eurosport has launched a Dutch-language version of Eurosport 2 for the Benelux. The new channel will offer 2,000 hours of live content per year covering freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding, as well as team sports and motorsports, including the Superbike World Championships, the FIA WTCC and the Le Mans 24 Hours. From launch, the channel […]

Discovery buys UK indie Betty

Discovery Communications has acquired UK independent producer Betty. The factual and factual entertainment channel operator has worked with the UK indie previously, ordering two seasons of a US version of Freaky Eaters. The food and diet series aired on Discovery’s female-skewed TLC channel. Discovery said that following the acquisition, Betty will develop shows for its […]

PT’s Meo adds trio of channels

Portugal Telecom’s IPTV service Meo has expanded its line-up with the addition of two lifestyle networks and a music channel. Clubbing TV HD broadcasts videos, interviews and performances from top DJs and club nights 24-hours a day. Fox International Channels’ (FIC) new round-the-clock cooking channel 24kitchen has also launched on Meo, along with female skewing […]