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 […]

BBC Worldwide launching Facebook VOD

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, is launching a Facebook application that will allow subscribers to the social network to watch full episodes of motoring series Top Gear. The video-on-demand application will allow viewers to purchase or rent episodes of the Jeremy Clarkson-fronted competition series using Facebook credits. The application was […]

TLC boosts eastern European presence

Discovery Networks International is expanding the European footprint of its female-skewing channel TLC with launches in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The channel will be available in the new markets from September 1. DNI said TLC, which is a year old, is on course to be in 100 million homes by the end of […]

CME launches Slovenian pay bouquet

Broadcast group Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has launched a bouquet of six pay TV channels in Slovenia. The six channels form the Pop Non Stop package that is being carried by operators Telemach and T2. The Pop Kino and Pop Kino 2 channels between them offer 150 blockbuster films a month. Pop Fani offers […]

Sky will show 3D Lion King

BSkyB will transmit a 3D version of Disney movie The Lion King on its 3D channel. Disney is launching  a 3D version of the film in movie theaters through September. UK pay TV operator Sky will then transit the 3D version on its TV channel in December and the regular 2D version will be screened […]

BBC Worldwide offloads magazines for £121 million

BBC Worldwide, the commercial division of UK public broadcaster the BBC, has sold its magazines unit to private equity firm Exponent. The deal gives Exponent all of BBC Worldwide’s non-BBC branded magazines and rights to publish branded titles under license as well as specialist publisher Origin. Separately, Worldwide has sold its 50% share in Indian […]