ESPN to carry NBA games

Sport channel ESPN and the US Natonal Basketball Association (NBA) have signed a multi-year deal to add about 100 live NBA games to ESPN’s channel in the UK and Ireland. ESPN, which will air up to three NBA games a week, will kick off its NBA coverage on October 6 with a game between the […]

UPC Slovakia adds Hustler TV and TV Patriot to digital basic

Cable operator UPC Slovakia is to move adult channel Hustler TV to its basic digital line-up. The operator has also added local news and current events channel TV Patriot to its basic digital pack. Hustler TV, which will broadcast daily from 23.00-05.00, will be available to basic digital subscribers from tomorrow. The channel was previously […]

Living launches online-only channel

Virgin Media TV’s female-skewed lifestyle channel Living will launch a free online-only TV channel next month. Liv will launch on October 23 on UK broadcaster Living’s website and via media partner IPC’s range of magazine-branded websites. It will also be accessible via YouTube and Facebook. The channel will offer exclusively commissioned and acquired short-form content […]

Freeview households told to retune

The UK’s free-to-air DTT service Freeview is being upgraded, requiring more than 18 million households to retune their set-top boxes and integrated TVs. Every Freeview-enabled set-top box, TV set and DVR, including BT Vision boxes, will need to be retuned from lunchtime today as the service makes changes that will eventually enable the broadcast of […]

CSA approves TF1 acquisitions

French media regulator the CSA has approved the acquisition by commercial broadcaster TF1 of digital-terrestrial channel NT1 and Monte-Carlo Participations, which owns an 80% stake in digital-terrestrial broadcaster TMC through its acquisition of parts of the Berda group. The acquisition must now be approved by France’s competition regulator. The CSA has recommended that the deal […]

Internet advertising overtakes TV in the UK

Internet advertising in the UK has surpassed television advertising revenue for the first time, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. The research group noted that ad spend online grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2009 to £1.75bn (€1.91bn). This market share of 23.5% compared to television’s 21.9% as a result of a 17% […]

ITV’s failure to appoint Ball has negative implications

British commercial broadcaster ITV’s management issues have a number of negative implications, according to analysts Morgan Stanley. The investment bank has noted that the company’s failure to appoint former BSkyB boss Tony Ball has affected the market. “Tony Ball was considered by the market to be a potentially very effective CEO and the market will […]

Zon to offer new satellite bundles

Portuguese MSO Zon Multimedia will launch new double- and triple-play packages for its satellite customers in October. New customers will be able to choose from a range of packages, with fees starting from €14.98. TV packages that include 25, 55, 76 and 81 channels will be available along with access to HD channels via the […]

Canal Plus to use Silverlight for Foot Plus on the web

Canal Plus Group has adopted Microsoft’s Silverlight technology and PlayReady DRM to enable the delivery of its Foot Plus service over the web. The move, which will enable subscribers to view coverage of France’s Ligue 1, the Champions League and Europa League on their PCs, follows an agreement between Canal Plus and Microsoft in June […]

Comstar-UTS names new commercial chief

Russian service provider Comstar-UTS has named Elena Pasnyuk as commercial director of its central branch. Pasnyuk will be responsible for sales and business development in the cities of Voronezh, Ivanovo, Shuya, Ryazan, Kaluga, Smolensk, Tver, Kursk, Orel and Tambov. She was formerly business manager at St Petersburg Cable TV and had previously worked for Kosmos […]