HBO launching in the Netherlands

HBO is launching a suite of channels and services in the Netherlands. The Time Warner-backed channel operator has formed a joint venture with local MSO Ziggo and they will launch the HBO, HBO 2 and HBO 3 linear channels alongside the HBO On-Demand and HBO Go services. The channels will be programmed with a range […]

ITV scores £90 million soccer deal

ITV has inked a £90 million (€109 million) TV soccer rights deal that allows it to continue broadcasting the England national teams home matches and games from the FA Cup competition. The UK commercial broadcaster already has those rights under a four-year deal, which it has now extended until 2014. UK reports suggest ITV paid […]

The Euro50 Q&A: Niclas Ekdahl, Modern Times Group

Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Modern Times Group’s Viaplay service, is responsible for monetising content across Viasat’s three pay TV businesses. He has secured multi-platform content agreements with various channel operators, including a four year deal with Fox for approximately 1,600 hours of premium content for SVOD, catch-up TV and free TV. He has also overseen […]

Connected devices help iPlayer to record year

The BBC’s iPlayer platform received a record 1.94 billion requests for TV programmes last year, with the number of requests for connected TVs increasing significantly. Computers remain the most popular viewing platform, accounting for two-thirds of requests during the year. In December, seven million programmes were requested on connected devices, including internet connected TVs, games […]

Lovefilm inks on-demand deal with Disney

Amazon’s Lovefilm has inked a deal with Disney for ABC TV On Demand service. The ABC subscription VOD service launches this month on Lovefilm, allowing its customers to access Disney scripted series such as all six seasons of Lost and other shows including Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer. Shows on ABC On […]

CME launches female-skewed channel

Warner Bros-backed central and eastern Europe-focused broadcast group CME is launching a female-skewing channel in Bulgaria. The offering, bTV Lady, will roll out on DTH and cable in the country on January 28. It will be programmed with telenovelas from Turkey and Latin America alongside acquired lifestyle, reality and entertainment programming. There will also be […]

Euronews launches on DTT in Greece and Cyprus

News channel Euronews has launched on digital-terrestrial TV in Greece and Cyprus, targeting full nationwide coverage in both countries by the end of this year. In Greece, Euronews in English is available to four million people in Attica, including Athens, and Thessaloniki. Greek public broadcaster ERT plans to offer free-to-air transmission of the channel as […]

M6’s Téva goes free-to-air on Orange TV

M6’s female-focused channel Téva has moved from pay TV to free-to-air on the Orange TV platform. The company said the move would enable the channel to extend its reach by five million, taking its total audience reach to 25 million.

Rostelecom strikes deal with Disney, eyes expansion

Russian service provider Rostelecom has struck a deal with Disney to make Disney content available on-demand in standard and high-definition. Rostelecom’s IPTV subscribers will be able to access Disney movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean. The operator provides IPTV services under a number of brands to about […]

TV4 to air BBC World News content

BBC World News, the UK public broadcaster’s international news channel, and Swedish broadcaster TV4 have signed a deal agreeing a deal that will allow the new TV4 News channel to broadcast some BBC World News programming each week. TV4 News is scheduled to launch on January 24. Under the deal, it will air BBC News […]