Broadcasters


Freeview boxing clever with connected TV bout

Freeview set-top company TVonics will use the internet port in some of its devices to stream live coverage of the WBO boxing title fight this Saturday. The fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew from the Liverpool Echo Arena will be streamed live on Freeview channel 112 at 19:00 on Saturday via the internet port […]

iPlayer rolls out in Scandinavia

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, has launched in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is launching an iPad app for the global version of iPlayer. The service is also available in 11 other European markets and launched in Australia last month. Once iPad owners in Finland, […]

BBC says £10m Sky fees should be dropped


The BBC is lobbying for the estimated £10 million (€11 million) it pays BSkyB for retransmission of its TV and radio channels to be dropped. The UK public broadcaster pays the pay TV platform operator the amount and says that if that obligation were removed the cash could be used to stave off planned cuts […]

Interview: Bob Baskerville general manager, Scripps Networks International

Following the announcement that Scripps Networks has acquired a 50% stake in UKTV, Bob Baskerville spoke to Graham Pomphrey about what the deal means to the channel operator’s international strategy. When Scripps Networks announced that it had acquired UK cable operator Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV, the joint venture channels business partly owned by […]

French government abandons bonus channels plan

The French government has abandoned plans to award so-called bonus channels on the digital-terrestrial platform to the country’s commercial broadcasters as part of its plan that will see six new HD channels launch on the platform. Under plans confirmed yesterday, media regulator the CSA will launch a tender for candidates to launch new channels on […]

Liverpool FC moves against collective deals for English soccer rights

A move by Liverpool FC to look at selling its international TV rights individually could ultimately change the way that English soccer clubs sell rights. The club, which has historically been very successful, wants to investigate whether it could challenge the current system whereby rights for the Premier League clubs are sold collectively and the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Turner renews SES deal

Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) has renewed its capacity agreement with SES for almost seven transponders on four satellites. TBS is using five transponders of Ku-band capacity on SES’ AMC-3 satellite. Four transponders are being used for news channel CNN’s satellite news gathering vehicles and one is being used for distribution of affiliate video service CNN […]

France 24 toasts Arabic successes

A year on from France 24’s launch of its 24-hour Arabic channel, the news broadcaster is celebrating various landmarks for the channel. In Tunisia, France 24 has become the second most widely watched international news channel by opinion leaders on a daily basis after Al Jazeera, according to Tunisian institute Sigma Conseil, and the third […]

Discovery hires digital chief

Discovery Communications has appointed former NBC Universal executive Jean-Briac Perrette as chief digital officer. Perrette, who was previously president, digital and affiliate distribution and content distribution strategy at the Hollywood studio, will lead Discovery’s digital strategy that includes a number of websites such as Howstuffworks.com as well as its digital distribution efforts including deals with […]