Russian switchover could reduce plurality, says report

Digital switchover in Russia and Ukraine is likely to pose serious challenges in terms of adequate regulation and domination of the process by state-run broadcasters in Russia, according to a new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The authors of the report’s lead article, Andrei Richter of the Moscow Media Law and Policy Center and […]

Disappointing performance from Playboy

Revenues at adult entertainment specialist Playboy’s international channels dropped sharply in 2009. It reported revenues of US$42.6m (€31.6m) last year compared to US$49.8m a year earlier. However, revenues from the international networks did increase in the last quarter of 2009, coming in at US$10.2m compared to US$9.9m in the same period in 2008. Playboy […]

Mediaset wins latest Sky Italia ad ruling

Italian broadcaster Mediaset will not be forced to air ads from pay-TV operator Sky Italia, a court has ruled. Sky Italia took Mediaset’s advertising arms RTI and Publitalia to court, claiming that their refusal to broadcast its ad spots breached competition rules. Last October, both parties claimed victory after a Milan civil court ruled that […]

Telemach launches HD DVR service

Slovenian cable operator Telemach, owned by Mid Europa Partners, has introduced a new HD DVR offer using boxes supplied by Cisco. Telemach currently offers seven HD channels. The 320GB DVR will be free with higher-tier triple-play packages. For other subscribers, the first box will be offered for €5 a month, with additional boxes available […]

Vodafone Portugal to offer advanced showings of RTP content

Vodafone Portugal has launched an on-demand TV service offering advanced viewings of shows before they air on broadcast TV thanks to a partnership with public broadcaster RTP. Vai Passar Na TV (Go to TV), part of Vodafone’s Casa TV IPTV service, will offer a chance to see popular shows from RTP1, RTP2 and RTPN including […]

Telenet to launch Flemish DTT

Telenet will operate digital-terrestrial services in Flanders and Brussels after signing a deal with broadcast infrastructure company Norkring België. The Belgian pay-TV operator will use capacity on Norkring’s broadcast infrastructure network to offer digital TV services to households beyond the reach of its cable network. “Telenet wishes to interact with the customer and to expand […]

Competition Commission approves Friends sale

The UK Competition Commission has approved the sale of social networking site Friends Reunited by commercial broadcaster ITV. Approval of the £25m (€28.6m) sale of Friends Reunited to Scottish genealogy site operator Brightsolid follows a three-month investigation after the matter was referred to the commission by the Office of Fair Trading in November. ITV […]

BBC Worldwide names Baylay as non-exec director

BBC Worldwide has appointed Sharon Baylay as a non-executive director. Baylay has been the BBC’s director of marketing, communications and audiences since May 2009 and is a member of the BBC Executive Board. She was previously general manager of Microsoft’s UK online services division.

CSA fixed terrestrial HD timetable

French media regulator the CSA has fixed the timetable for the rollout of HDTV on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform. Three HD channels from commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and an HD version of public channel France 2 will be delivered via a new multiplex, R5, to be progressively rolled out as different regions switch […]

BBC to launch range of iPhone apps

UK broadcaster the BBC will launch iPhone apps for its news and sport content in the coming months and is also considering releasing an iPlayer app by the end of the year. The free news app will launch in April, offering content from the BBC News website, including written stories and blogs as well as […]