Broadcasters


New look for Discovery Channel in CEEMEA

Discovery Communications has launched a new brand identity for Discovery Channel across central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new on-air look will launch in 105 countries from August 29 using the ‘Life Unlimited’ brand identity. Discovery Communications said the rebrand would bring the channel more in line with the aspirations and core […]

EBU launches broadcast challenge study

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has launched new research into the key business challenges and future opportunities for European broadcasters. The EBU said the study would “shed light on the shifting broadcast marketplace, consolidation, cost pressures and potential new revenue streams for the industry, as well as how buying behaviours may be changing on account […]

BBC’s Thompson on defensive against Murdoch and Cameron

The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson has taken a sideswipe at News Corp’s James Murdoch, arguing that his 2009 MacTaggart lecture during the Edinburgh International 2009 Television Festival should be reassessed in light of recent events involving the media giant. Writing in the Guardian ahead of the 2011 Television Festival, Thompson said the only way […]

Channel 4 launches new 4oD with improved content discovery

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will relaunch its 4oD on-demand platform at the end of the month, with improved search and recommendation features for users that access the site via the main Channel4.com website. The site, which had 215 million video views in the first half of 2011, will launch with a faster and more efficient […]

Chellomedia takes stake in Bosnia’s OBN

Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia has acquired a 40% stake in Bosnian free-to-air broadcaster OBN. The company said that acquiring a position in the Bosnian market would enable it to create a hub for the launch of pay channels later as infrastructure in the country developed, as well as positioning it to benefit from growth […]

M6 renews CBS output deal

French commercial broadcaster M6 has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio CBS Studios International. 
The move will give M6 access to all of CBS’ latest slate of programming and movies as well as series in forthcoming years. CBS Studios International’s latest raft of series includes Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted drama Ringer, cop drama The 2-2, […]

Nick to reach three million African homes

Kids channel Nickelodeon has expanded its footprint in Africa with a launch on Multichoice’s DStv pay TV platform. The deal brings Nickelodeon to an additional 36 countries in central, east and west Africa. The channel will be available in the DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access bouquets. Nickelodeon debuted in southern Africa in […]

On Demand Group signs deal with 20th Century Fox

SeaChange International-owned video-on-demand provider On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to expand video-on-demand services in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deal will see Fox movies made available on services supplied by ODG in Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Recent blockbusters including Gulliver’s Travels, […]

Viasat names programming chief

Viasat Broadcasting has named Daniela Neumann as vice-presdent of central programming. Neumann, who was previously acting controller of entertainment at ITV, will take up her post with the Scandinavian broadcaster on September 1 and will report to senior vice-president of programming and entertainment Jakob Mejlhede.

IPTV boosts iPlayer requests

The BBC’s catch-up platform iPlayer received 30 million more requests for TV programmes last month compared with a year earlier. The total number of TV requests in July reached 117 million, of which 93 million came from online sources and 24 million came from Virgin Media’s cable platform. Mobile devices, tablets and games consoles delivered […]