Nick HD in Polish launch

An HD version of kids channel Nickelodeon has launched in Poland on Cyfrowy Polsat’s DTH platform. Subscribers to Polsat’s Family HD package can from today watch Viacom International Media Networks’ Nickelodeon HD, which broadcasts series including Super Ninja and Power Rangers. It is the sixth channel to launch in the Family HD package.

Channel 4 takes more capacity on Astra for HD

Satellite operator SES has struck a new long-term contract with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to provide additional capacity on its recently launched Astra 1N satellite. The new capacity will be used to transmit Channel 4’s main high-definition service together with further HD services over the coming years. Channel 4 already has three transponders under contract […]

DTG’s D-Book 7 approves HbbTV specs

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the standards organisation that represents over 100 UK TV companies, has approved HbbTV-based connected TV specifications in the latest version of the D-Book, its digital-terrestrial TV technology specifications. D-Book 7, which was published in draft earlier this year, defines the critical interoperable coexistence of broadcast and broadband services and devices […]

4oD continues to grow

4oD, the on-demand platform operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, attracted 31 million long-form views in August, up from 29 million a year earlier. The platform had a total of 273 million views of Channel 4 content in the year to the end-August, a 20.6% year-on-year increase. Viewers spent an average of 25.4 minutes watching […]

Fox to deliver The Walking Dead on free VOD service in Russia

Fox International Channels (FIC) has signed a deal to provide the second series of its show The Walking Dead on advertising-supported internet video-on-demand in Russia immediately after the series premiers on the Fox Crime channel in the country on October 17. The Walking Dead will be shown on the portal and partner networks free-of-charge […]

iPlayer debuts down under

The BBC’s online TV platform iPlayer has launched in Australia on iPads. An iPlayer app is available to download from the iTunes store giving users access to over 1,000 hours of BBC content. A monthly subscription fee of AU$9.49 (€6.85) or AU$89.99 for a year will provide unlimited access to programmes segregated by genre, including […]

BBC appoints global iPlayer MD

Former UKTV boss Matthew Littleford has been promoted to general manager, global BBC iPlayer after joining BBC Worldwide earlier this year. Littleford joined the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster in April 2011 as creative director for the commercial and international video-on-demand service, which launched in 11 western European countries in July and in […]

Sports Tonight Live claims Freeview OTT first

A new sports channel has become the first OTT-delivered channel on the UK’s Freeview platform. Sports Tonight Live, fronted by former TalkSport Radio presenter Mike Parry, claims to be the first UK channel to be available on the Freeview HD platform with content delivered exclusively via broadband to set-top boxes. The channel is using VisionIPTV’s […]

Fox strikes Nat Geo Wild Spanish deals

Fox International Channels is launching Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Wild HD in Spain after striking a raft of carriage deals. The international channels arm of the Hollywood studio has struck distribution arrangements with satellite pay TV platform Digital Plus, IPTV service Imagenio and cable operators R and Euskaltel. This brings the total number […]

Nickelodeon promotes Coolman

Nickelodeon has promoted Victor Coolman to director of programming and acquisitions for its German, Swiss and Austrian networks. Coolman will now head programming for Nickelodeon North, which also includes Benelux and Scandinavia. In addition to this role, Coolman, who has been with the international kids company for six years, is in charge of Nick Jr. […]