Channel Launches


AT&T to turn Audience Network into HBO Max preview channel

WarnerMedia is transforming its Audience Network pay TV channel into one designed to market its upcoming streamer HBO Max. The network was a legacy asset from AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV. Its fate has long been a topic of discussion for the company’s execs, and it has been without a programming executive since the departure of […]

Discovery’s HGTV to launch in Italy as FTA channel 

Discovery is launching home and lifestyle channel HGTV in Italy, with the nation being the first to receive it as a free-to-air channel. HGTV is Discovery’s flagship lifestyle brand with a large number of reality shows focused on renovation and decorating. Popular titles include House Hunters Renovation, Flip or Flop and Love it or List […]

ViacomCBS and Sky Italia extend distribution deal to 12 channels

ViacomCBS and Sky Italia have announced a multi-year extension of their deal in Italy. The arrangement will see Paramount Network, Spike and VH1 added to Sky, bringing the total number of ViacomCBS-branded channels on Sky platforms in Italy to 12. This includes localised versions of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Comedy Central and Italian kids’ channel […]

Love Nature channel expands across Europe

Blue Ant Media is expanding the reach of its Love Nature channel in Europe. The 4K natural history channel has become available in Slovakia via local operator Antik Telecom, with thew deal brokered by Chiara McKee, VP of EMEA, kids and global networks at Blue Ant. Antik subscribers will have access to Love Nature’s library […]

Pluto TV continues to build with six new channel launches

ViacomCBS’s AVOD streamer Pluto TV has announced the launch of six new channels in the UK.  These additions take the number of channels to almost 80, up from under 30 at the beginning of the year prior to Viacom’s $340 million takeover in January. The channels are: Pluto TV Action; Pluto TV Sci-Fi; Pluto TV […]

Dedicated esports channel launches on Samsung TV Plus

Esports channel ESTV has launched on Samsung TV Plus. The channel claims to be the first linear channel in the world to be fully dedicated to esports and gaming personalities. Programming includes gaming news, shows and coverage; competitive gaming team analysis and player content; casual mainstream gaming news; live streaming event broadcasting; and syndicated late […]

MyMTV launches in Switzerland

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MyMTV Music in Switzerland on Swisscom. As opposed to traditional music tv channels, MyMTV Music promises a personalised linear music channel. This is achieved by allowing users to curate their own channel through accessing MTV’s library of music videos, live performances and other exclusive content.  VIMN claims the […]

Pluto launches Christmas pop-ups

Viacom-owned AVOD service Pluto TV has announced the launch of four new pop-up channels for the festive season.  The channels, available through the Pluto app, are Pluto TV Christmas, Pluto TV Mistletoe, Fireplace and Holiday Lights. Pluto TV Christmas features family-friendly movies and specials such as Scrooge, Cat in the Hat and Christmas In Wonderland. […]

Rakuten TV launches European AVOD 

Rakuten TV has announced the launch of its first AVOD channels within the platform.  The free section of Rakuten TV will launch with an initial offer including Hollywood and local content to be expanded to additionally include exclusive Rakuten content, TV series, documentary series, news and sport channels in the coming months – with a […]

DNMG partners with Stingray for launch of three UHD channels

German DNMG has partnered with music, media and tech company Stingray to launch three native 4K channels to its network operators in the country.  This will mean that the three channels, Stingray Festival 4K, Stingray Hits 4K and Stingray Ambiance 4K, will be available in Germany for the first time.  Stingray Festival 4K is dedicated […]