KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

ProSiebenSat.1 set on Fun and Emotions

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s forthcoming new pay TV channel will be named ProSieben Fun, according to local reports. Christoph Bellmer, managing director of ProSiebenSat.1’s digital production subsidiary SevenSenses, said that the comedy channel, which will be launched in the next few months, will be positioned as the “edgy” little brother to ProSieben. The existing Sat.1 Comedy […]

Etisalat to add MBC HD channels

UAE-based telco Etisalat has added seven HD channels from broadcaster MBC to its eLife TV offering. The operator is adding MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Max, MBC Drama and Al Arabiya to its line-up. The channels will be available to Etisalat’s 100,000 eLife triple-play customers at no additional cost. Dual-play and […]

Cartel office probing ARD ZDF catch-up service

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is probing the country’s public broadcaster’s plan to launch an online catch-up service. ARD and ZDF want to launch a video-on-demand catch-up platform under the Germany’s Gold moniker and the Cartel Office will assess whether it adversely impacts competition in this market segment. The same body has already investigated and blocked […]

New structure for Lagardère Active

Lagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lagardère Active media arm into four divisions. Lagardère Active’s radio and TV division will be headed by Denis Olivennes, with Richard Lenormand taking the post of executive director, while the audiovisual production division will be headed by Takis Candilis. A digital division will be headed by Delphine Grison, […]

Poland’s ‘n’ launches OTT service

Polish satellite pay TV operator ‘n’ has launched an OTT service. The service – nVOD NET – will give ‘n’ subscribers access to thousands of additional TV series and movies; it launched on November 28. The platform will include Hollywood films, series and documentaries as well as video-on-demand libraries from Polish broadcaster TVN and US […]

BBC Trust says open internet is crucial

UK ISPs that market internet access services should offer unrestricted access to the web, according to Diane Coyle, vice chairman of the BBC Trust, which oversees the governance of the UK public broadcaster. Her comments are in response to last week’s publication of an Ofcom paper intended to open up a discussion on how the […]

Dutch Sport1 renews UEFA deal

Dutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has renewed its deal to air the UEFA Champions League soccer tournament for the next three seasons. The Chellomedia-owned broadcaster will air exclusive live coverage of the games as well as edited highlights on its portfolio of channels and online until 2015. It will also air the annual Supercup, a mini-tournament […]

BSkyB launching dedicated F1 channel

BSkyB is launching a dedicated Formula 1 auto racing channel. UK pay TV operator won rights to the racing series earlier this year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Sky Sports F1 HD will show every race live, practice and qualifying sessions and various wraparound programming and interactive services giving statistics and […]

TF1, M6 decline to play ball on Euro 2012 rights

French commercial channels TF1 and M6 have declined to make a new, higher offer for the rights to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament following news that Al Jazeera had placed a €130 million bid, according to French press reports. Despite requests from UEFA to re-evaluate their offer, the two broadcasters have categorically refused, according […]