Sky Italia tops five million

News Corp-backed pay TV platform Sky Italia has exceeded the five million subscriber mark and said that it expects the customer growth to continue.
 CEO Andrea Zappia, who replaced Tom Mockridge in August, said: “In a challenging market, I feel confident that we can continue to grow by continuing to invest in creativity and innovation. […]

Disney outlines succession plan

Disney boss Bob Iger has extended his contract with the company and announced a long term plan that will see the executive transition to chairman before ultimately stepping down in 2016. Iger’s current deal with Disney, which started in 2008, was scheduled to expire in January. Under the terms of his new deal, Iger will […]

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera

UK communications regulator Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera of any infringement of the broadcasting rules relating to its coverage of leaked documents concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) had complained of unfair treatment and invasion of privacy, but the claim was rejected by Ofcom, which said the broadcaster […]

Travel Channel HD launches on Zon

Travel Channel has launched the HD version of its channel on Portuguese pay TV provider Zon Multimédia’s line-up. Travel Chanel HD is available as part of Zon’s Pack Mais Alta Definição package, airing 24 hours a day. Flagship shows include destination guide Essential, Inside Luxury Travel and magazine show Travel Today.

ZDF to expand HbbTV, online offering

German public broadcaster ZDF plans to expand its zdf-de Telemedia, and portals and launch new HbbTV offerings. The broadcaster will make short news, sports and weather programmes available via HbbTV in addition to its existing ZDFmediathek offerings. Documentary channel Phoenix will add new social networking features and 3sat is developing an app for […]

TF1 reportedly ready to abandon free-to-air plan for LCI

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has abandoned its attempt to migrate its information channel LCI from pay to free-to-air on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local press. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the broadcaster is close to signing a new carriage deal with pay TV operator Canal Plus. However, the broadcaster told the paper that […]

Eurosport launches new app

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has launched a new score centre app for iPhones. The free Livescore app provides scores, results and goal alerts from live matches across a range of team and individual sports, including football, rugby, tennis, volleyball, handball, ice hockey and basketball. The app is available in nine languages – English, German, Spanish, Italian, […]

TV4 outsources onscreen design activities

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 is outsourcing its advertising, graphics and on-screen design activities to a new company to be owned by postproduction specialist The Chimney Pot. The move will see some 30 people move from TV4 to the new entity, which will look after the production of trailers, adverts for various platforms, […]

Microsoft names European content partners for XBox Live TV

  The BBC, Lovefilm, Telefónica and Mediaset will be amongst the European content providers offering services on Microsoft’s Xbox Live TV service when it launches this autumn. Microsoft has announced over 40 global content partners for the service that will be available on XBox 360 games consoles connected to the internet. Other partners announced today […]

BBC reveals where cuts will fall

The BBC’s director-general Mark Thompson is today unveiling how the UK public broadcaster will cut its spending by 20% over the next five years to meet the stringent terms of the licence fee settlement agreed with the government last year. While no services are to be cut, BBC Two’s daytime budget is to be eliminated […]