Digital TV Labs claims reduction in HbbTV test time

Digital TV Labs, which provides specialised receiver conformance products and services, has claimed a reduction in test time for HbbTV applications via automating key functionality within its Ligada iSuite. The tool will be fully compliant with the official HbbTV Test Suite and allows receiver manufacturers to bring HbbTV-ready products to market quickly and cost-effectively, according […]

Interview: Sean Cohan SVP, international, A&E Networks

As A&E Networks’ international business continues to increase its footprint in Europe, Sean Cohan tells Graham Pomphrey about the broadcaster’s growth strategy, the importance of localization and the potential for 3D. A&E Networks has seen its presence in Europe grow this year, despite the tough economic conditions faced by the region. Backed by local partners, […]

Ofcom offers fifth HD DTT channel

Ofcom has invited applications for an extra HD channel on the UK’s DTT network. The communications regulator has called for applications from commercial public service broadcasters for a fifth HD slot on the Freview platform to join BBC HD, BBC One HD, ITV HD and 4HD. The move could see Channel 5 launch a HD […]

BBC Worldwide appoints EVP EMEA

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, has appointed Joerg Bachmaier as regional executive vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. This follows the announcement last week of Fred Medina as the executive vice-president for Latin America. One of three new regional executive vice-president appointments at BBC Worldwide, Bachmaier will be responsible for strategic development in EMEA, […]

Twilight of the moguls

The News Corp phone hacking scandal, Silvio Berlusconi’s troubles and the death of Leo Kirch signal the end of an era in media, writes Kate Bulkley. They  have had a good run and made tons of money, changed the course of broadcasting history and crushed competitors with their power and vision. But 2011 sees the […]

Deals see Euronews take connected TV lead

News broadcaster Euronews has significantly expanded its presence on connected TVs after signing recent deals with a number of TV manufacturers. The news channel has signed deals to bring its content to connected TVs from Philips, Samsung, Toshiba and LG as well as Vestel and Loewe via NetRange MMH, an independent manufacturer of white-label products. […]

ITV linked to Endemol bid

ITV is being linked to bid for production and distribution group Endemol. UK reports suggest that the UK commercial broadcaster could take control by taking on Endemol’s debt, which is thought to stand at about US$2 billion (€1.4 billion). UK newspaper reports also suggest that ITV is evaluating the possibility of a joint venture with […]

News Corp rejigs board, James Murdoch rejects bonus

Media giant News Corp is shaking up the composition of its board and has announced that deputy COO and international CEO James Murdoch will not be taking the bonus offered to him this year. The company has been rocked by phone-hacking allegations, the fallout from which effectively derailed its bid for full control of BSkyB. […]

TVN acquires stake in DTT licensee

Polish broadcaster TVN has acquired a stake in local production company Stavka that has also been awarded a licence to launch a digital-terrestrial television channel next year. The network has paid PLN1.1 million (€265,000) for a 25% stake in the company, which is currently owned by media firm Besta-Film Group. Stavka was one of the […]

Cyfra Plus launches new premium packages

Polish pay TV operator Cyfra Plus has today launched a new high-end package, Canal+ HBO Superpremium, with 119 channels including 24 movie channels. All the Canal Plus and HBO premium channels are included, along with their HD versions and Canal Plus and HBO On Demand subscription VOD services. The package will be available for a […]