Channel Launches

Vodafone Portugal gets Gametoon in renewed SPI/FilmBox deal

SPI/FilmBox has agreed a distribution deal to bring gaming channel GameToon to Vodafone Portugal. The distribution agreement will see the channel – described as ‘created by gamers for gamers’ – offered in the basic and basic 100 packages in English.  This is the latest deal between SPI/FilmBox and Vodafone Portugal, with the operator carrying channels […]

BBC Three to return as linear channel after six-year online hiatus

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, is to return as a linear channel in January 2022, six years after it was moved to become online-only. Last year, the BBC said that it was “considering the case” for reviving the channel and has plans to double its programming budget over the next […]

Manchester United brings MUTV to Africa in deal with StarTimes

English football club Manchester United will roll out its in-house TV network MUTV in Africa. A distribution deal with StarTimes will see the channel available to millions of football fans across over 30 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and others.  The 24-hour network provides fans of the club […]

TV3 Group launches ‘basic tier’ sport channel

Baltics broadcaster TV3 Group has launched the new TV3 Sport Open channel. The new basic tier sport channel is designed to strengthen the Group’s sports portfolio, and will be available via the region’s leading TV operators. The channel, which will offer more than 3,000 hours of live sports broadcasts from around 1,500 events, will also […]

Bloomberg ties up channel distribution on Haystack News

News AVOD Haystack News has expanded its channel portfolio in a deal with Bloomberg Media. The agreement will see Haystack News add to its almost 350 local, national and world TV news networks with Bloomberg’s in-house channels Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Quicktake. Haystack News now features 18 live streaming channels, with the two Bloomberg networks […]

SPI/FilmBox expands in Ireland with eir

SPI/FilmBox has continued its expansion in Western Europe with a new distribution deal in Ireland. The broadcaster has agreed a deal with Irish telco eir for its channels FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox and FashionBox. The channels will be offered in the eir TV Extra extended basic package. FilmBox Arthouse is dedicated to classic world […]

Court TV continues UK expansion to Freeview

Legal news channel Court TV will launch on Freeview later this month. The network provides viewers with in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of high-profile trials in the US. Its expansion to Freeview follows a launch on Freesat in November 2020. Court TV will be available from February 15 on Freeview channel 89, and launches […]

Birdbox.Film launches short films channel

Birdbox.Film, the curated film streaming platform from Goldfinch, has launched a new channel dedicated to short films. This new channel complements existing channels including Documentary, Festival and Drama. The company said that it plans to launch at least four more by the summer. Birdbox.Film users can pay 99p per short film, with titles including the […]

AMC to launch general interest Selekt channel in Spain

AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) is to launch a new general interest channel in Spain. Launching on February 4, Selekt will be available to Vodafone TV and Orange TV customers at no extra cost, and offer programming spanning film, series, documentaries and children’s content. Of a weekday, Selekt will programme two hours of children’s […]

CNN International launches on Samsung TV Plus with Rakuten TV

VOD service Rakuten TV has launched the CNN International news channel on Samsung TV Plus in the UK and Germany. The launch will see Samsung smart TV users gain access to the 24-hour US news network for free as a part of Samsung’s ever-expanding AVOD offer, with channels specifically provided by Rakuten TV including Rakuten […]