BBC World News to double US reach

The BBC has signed a landmark deal with cable operator Comcast that will see the number of US households that can receive the BBC World News channel more than double. The channel will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity service, which is available to 15 million homes in Philadephia, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, Northern California, […]

Scripps names international president, promotes Baskerville

US-based channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive has named Jim Samples as president of its international business. Formerly president of Scripps’ home-based network HGTV, Samples will oversee the company’s international programming portfolio, including Food Network. He will report to Joseph NeCastro, chief financial and administrative officer. Samples succeeds Greg Moyer, who will continue to serve as […]

BBC and ITV announce Euro 2012 schedule

British public broadcaster the BBC and commercial rival ITV have agreed the split of games from the Euro 2012 soccer tournament after striking a deal to share the rights. ITV will air England’s opening group game against France on 11 June and their final group game against Ukraine on 19 June, while the BBC will […]

BBC launches iPlayer app for iPhone, adds 3G streaming

The BBC has introduced an iPlayer app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and introduced 3G streaming across all mobile networks. The app is available to download in the Apple App Store and is compatible with iPod touch or iPhone 3GS and above, running iOS4.3 and above. The app is also compatible with Apple AirPlay, […]

BBC content tops iTunes in 2011

Content from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, made up half of the top 10 selling series and episodes on iTunes in the UK this year. The top-selling series of the year so-far include Top Gear at number three, classic comedy Fawlty Towers at number four, crime drama Luther at number five, comedy […]

CTC launches Videomore on iPad

Russian broadcaster CTC Media is launching its online television social network Videomore on Apple’s iPad. The service, which was originally developed for the iPhone and the Android operating system, will now be available on the tablet through a new application. “We are pleased that the Videomore portal has, in a very short period of time, […]

Amos-5 makes successful launch

Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has announced the successful launch of its Amos-5 satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Amos-5 launched aboard a Proton Breeze-M launcher yesterday at 11:17 GMT to its 17° East orbital position.
In the coming weeks, Amos-5 will undergo a sequence of in-orbit tests, after which its manufacturer, ISS Reshetnev, will officially […]

BBC plans to air Strictly Come Dancing in 3D, also on iPlayer

The BBC is to air the final to Strictly Come Dancing in 3D. The UK public broadcaster, which last year aired a studio-based special of the dance competition show in 3D for the annual Children in Need day, will use outside broadcast facilities to air the final from Blackpool in the format in the run-up […]

OTT will not disrupt traditional pay model, says Curran

The emergence of over-the-top TV platforms is unlikely to significantly disrupt the traditional dual revenue stream model of pay TV content providers, according to Niall Curran, chief operating officer of Liberty Global’s content arm, Chellomedia. Speaking at Informa’s Digital TV Summit yesterday, Curran said that Chellomedia “still sees strong growth in pay TV overall”. “OTT […]

Viacom raises US$1 billion

Viacom is raising US$1 billion (€750 million) in debt. The US-based media giant said it will use the proceeds of its offer to pay down debt, for its share repurchase programme and for general corporate purposes. Analysts at Moody’s said that raising the debt would not impact the company’s credit rating.