Turner selects Digital Rapids for multiscreen transcoding

Turner Broadcasting System, the broadcaster behind Cartoon Network and CNN amongst others, is using video technology company Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD multi-format encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated transcoding software for multiscreen delivery. The solutions transform live feeds and on-demand content for delivery to multiple viewing platforms. 
StreamZHD encoders are used by Turner’s network […]

Chello DMC to provide playout for Dorcel channels

Chellomedia-owned broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been appointed by adult content provider Marc Dorcel to provide playout services for the Dorcel TV and Dorcel HD TV channels. Under the agreement, Chello DMC will playout the channel’s content whilst managing their programme scheduling. The channels will be available throughout Europe in SD and HD formats […]

Mediaset sees growth in pay TV

Revenues from Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s pay TV business increased by 16.5% in the first nine months of the year. Mediaset Premium generated revenues of €449.2 million in the period to September 30, compared to €385.5 million in the corresponding period last year. The number of Easy pay subscribers has also passed the two million mark, […]

Paolini: LCI likely to remain pay TV service

French news and information channel LCI, whose owner TF1 has been seeking a free-to-air slot on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, is now likely to remain a pay TV service, according to TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini. Paolini told a conference organised by NPA Conseil that remaining a pay TV channel was now the “most probable” outcome […]

Endemol will reject bids in favour of debt for equity deal

Producer and distributor Endemol will reject takeover approaches and instead pursue a debt for equity swap, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper cited people familiar with the situation as saying the business is unlikely to be sold and a debt for equity deal will be pursued instead, wiping about €2.3 billion from Endemol’s €2.8 […]

Netflix reportedly talking to ITV and Warner Bros for UK rights

Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros.

Analysts positive on TVN’s Canal Plus deal

Analysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company.
 “These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential […]

Lagardère Active reports sales boost

French media group Lagardère increased sales at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active in the third quarter. Lagardère Active reported net sales of €267 million in the quarter ending September 30, up 3.9% on a like-for-like basis. The company said ad sales across the channels group, which includes DTT […]

Q&A: Jesús Perezagua, Fox International Channels

Fox now offers a wide range of channels in EMEA, including FX, Fox Crime and National Geographic. Jesús Perezagua, president Fox International Channels Europe and Africa, talked to Digital TV Europe about the company’s plans. What are your strategic priorities for the next year? Our number one priority is always to offer our affiliate and […]

Time Warner’s Endemol deal worth €1 billion

Time Warner is reportedly offering about €1 billion for Endemol in a deal that would involve the US media giant providing the producer and distributor with €100 million of working capital. The Time Warner bid came to light late last week and followed news of another potential deal that would see existing Endemol shareholder and […]