Broadcasters


HBO Central Europe hires Antony Root as production boss

HBO Central Europe has appointed Antony Root executive vice-president, original programming and production and he will fill the position vacated by Marc Lorber earlier this year. Root will oversee drama, documentary and entertainment programming at HBO CE, reporting to CEO, Linda Jensen. Root has been working as a consultant and his previous experience includes a […]

Italian transmission merger moves forward

The boards of Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s transmission arm, Ei Towers, and transmission services provider DMT have approved the acquisition of the former by DMT in an all-share deal designed to create a unified broadcast and mobile tower infrastructure provider. Ei Towers is owned by Elettronica Industriale, a unit that is in turn owned by Mediaset […]

Eurosport using Elemental to deliver multiscreen services

Sports broadcaster Eurosport is using multiscreen technology specialist Elemental Technologies’ platform to deliver its services. In conjunction with local reseller B-Stream, Elemental is providing technology for both live and on-demand video transcoding. Elemental Server is providing Eurosport with file-based transcoding while Elemental Live encoders are delivering linear adaptive bitrate channels to devices such as the […]

CSA to launch appeal for DTT channels on Monday

French media regulator the CSA is to issue its appeal for candidates to launch six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform next Monday, CSA president Michel Boyon has announced. The move follows the decision last week by the French government to launch six new channels on the platform in place of awarding so-called bonus […]

Poland’s ‘n’ beefs up HD offer

Polish pay TV platform ‘n’ is adding five high definition channels to its line-up. Motorsports channel TVN Turbo HD, women’s interest channel TVN Style HD and general entertainment channel TVN 7 HD will launch on November 4. Premium film and sports channels ‘n’ Premium 1 and Premium 2 will launch later, on December 15. Content […]

Freeview boxing clever with connected TV bout

Freeview set-top company TVonics will use the internet port in some of its devices to stream live coverage of the WBO boxing title fight this Saturday. The fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew from the Liverpool Echo Arena will be streamed live on Freeview channel 112 at 19:00 on Saturday via the internet port […]

iPlayer rolls out in Scandinavia

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, has launched in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is launching an iPad app for the global version of iPlayer. The service is also available in 11 other European markets and launched in Australia last month. Once iPad owners in Finland, […]

BBC says £10m Sky fees should be dropped


The BBC is lobbying for the estimated £10 million (€11 million) it pays BSkyB for retransmission of its TV and radio channels to be dropped. The UK public broadcaster pays the pay TV platform operator the amount and says that if that obligation were removed the cash could be used to stave off planned cuts […]

Interview: Bob Baskerville general manager, Scripps Networks International

Following the announcement that Scripps Networks has acquired a 50% stake in UKTV, Bob Baskerville spoke to Graham Pomphrey about what the deal means to the channel operator’s international strategy. When Scripps Networks announced that it had acquired UK cable operator Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV, the joint venture channels business partly owned by […]

French government abandons bonus channels plan

The French government has abandoned plans to award so-called bonus channels on the digital-terrestrial platform to the country’s commercial broadcasters as part of its plan that will see six new HD channels launch on the platform. Under plans confirmed yesterday, media regulator the CSA will launch a tender for candidates to launch new channels on […]