ESPN Goals app reaches one million downloads

Sports broadcaster ESPN’s Goals App has been downloaded one million times in the UK. The free app, which shows all goals from English Premier League matches within a few minutes of the action taking place, reached the one million milestone despite launching only two months ago. Between August 8 and September 8, ESPN Goals was […]

PBS chooses Channel 4 for UK ad sales

US public service broadcaster PBS has selected Channel 4 to manage ad sales for its soon-to-launch UK channel. The channel will debut on BSkyB’s DTH platform on November 1, with Channel 4 acting as the sales house. Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s sales director said: “PBS and Channel 4 have a natural synergy – in becoming […]

ITV wins Europa League from Channel 5

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has secured rights to Uefa Europa League soccer games, wresting the rights from its counterpart Channel 5. It will get the top two games from the tournament for three years, starting 2012/2013 and pay TV broadcaster ESPN will take rights to the remaining games. Channel 5 had the rights from 2008 […]

A+E promotes sales execs

Channel operator and programme seller A+E Networks has upped two sales executives. Jonathan South has been promoted to vice-president, content sales, EMEA and Ling Sze Gan to senior director, content sales, Asia.
South runs the EMEA programme sales team from London and Gan oversees distribution throughout Asia. Sean Cohan, senior vice-president, international, said: “Jonathan has been […]

iPlayer usage continues to grow

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, received 113 million video requests in September. That figure is up from 86 million for the same period last year. The BBC is seeing iPlayer usage from devices other than computers continuing to rise, with tablet requests increasing to 4.6 million in September from four million during the previous […]

HBO Central Europe hires Antony Root as production boss

HBO Central Europe has appointed Antony Root executive vice-president, original programming and production and he will fill the position vacated by Marc Lorber earlier this year. Root will oversee drama, documentary and entertainment programming at HBO CE, reporting to CEO, Linda Jensen. Root has been working as a consultant and his previous experience includes a […]

Italian transmission merger moves forward

The boards of Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s transmission arm, Ei Towers, and transmission services provider DMT have approved the acquisition of the former by DMT in an all-share deal designed to create a unified broadcast and mobile tower infrastructure provider. Ei Towers is owned by Elettronica Industriale, a unit that is in turn owned by Mediaset […]

Eurosport using Elemental to deliver multiscreen services

Sports broadcaster Eurosport is using multiscreen technology specialist Elemental Technologies’ platform to deliver its services. In conjunction with local reseller B-Stream, Elemental is providing technology for both live and on-demand video transcoding. Elemental Server is providing Eurosport with file-based transcoding while Elemental Live encoders are delivering linear adaptive bitrate channels to devices such as the […]

CSA to launch appeal for DTT channels on Monday

French media regulator the CSA is to issue its appeal for candidates to launch six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform next Monday, CSA president Michel Boyon has announced. The move follows the decision last week by the French government to launch six new channels on the platform in place of awarding so-called bonus […]

Poland’s ‘n’ beefs up HD offer

Polish pay TV platform ‘n’ is adding five high definition channels to its line-up. Motorsports channel TVN Turbo HD, women’s interest channel TVN Style HD and general entertainment channel TVN 7 HD will launch on November 4. Premium film and sports channels ‘n’ Premium 1 and Premium 2 will launch later, on December 15. Content […]