News Corp ups Premiere stake

News Corp has increased its stake in German pay-TV operator Premiere to 30.5% from 25%. The move marks the completion of a two-step €450m capital increase that was announced last December. Premiere CEO Mark Williams said the extra capital would enable the company to build successful pay-TV businesses in Germany and Austria. 

MTG remains positive despite challenging economic conditions

Modern Times Group CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said the company is well positioned to weather the financial crisis. Albrecht made the comment during a conference call announcing the company’s first quarter results which saw its Viasat Broadcasting arm contributing sales of SEK2,599m (€236m), up 13% year-on-year. Albrecht said the company was facing a “very challenging market […]

Premiere sells Spox stake

German pay-TV operator Premiere has sold the 44% stake it owned in internet sports platform to the CRESCES Group. Premiere said the decision was part of its strategy to focus on its core business, adding that future internet activities will be centralised under Premiere’s direct control.

France’s Free adds African offer

French IPTV provider Free has added a package of African channels to its line-up. The new channels have been split into two separate bouquets, premium and classic. The nine channels in the premium offer comprise RTS, 2sTV, CRTV, STV2, Canal 2, RTI, ORTM, Télé Congo and Africable. The classic offer comprises RTI, Tam Tam TV, […]

Mediaset Premium to add film channel

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is to launch a new film channel on its pay-TV platform Mediaset Premium next month. Mediaset vice-chairman Piersilvio Berlusconi said Mediaset Premium had reached 3.3 million active cards and was continuing to grow. He said the company would focus on increasing its pay-TV offer, which launched in 2007.

Orange to broadcast football in 3D

France Telecom-owned pay-TV operator Orange is to broadcast a football match in 3D tomorrow. The Ligue 1 match between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain will be broadcast live on 3D screens in Parc des Princes and Gerland stadiums where fans invited by Orange and the two football clubs will be able to watch it. Orange […]

Ono launches online EPG

Spanish cable operator Ono has launched an online electronic programme guide (EPG). The EPG includes expanded programme information for the next seven days for more than 150 channels. Users are able to configure the guide so it features their favourite channels. The EPG also includes information on more than 2,500 VOD titles.

Deutsche Telekom chooses football production partner

German telco Deutsche Telekom is set to announce Deutsche Sportfersehen as the production partner for its IPTV coverage of the Bundesliga football league, according to newspaper Handelsblatt. Deutsche Telekom will end its relationship with pay-TV operator Premiere, which had produced the telco’s football coverage in the past. The telco is expected to reveal Deutsche Sportfersehen, […]

ITV starts search for new CEO after Grade

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has started looking for a new CEO following the news that Michael Grade will relinquish the position later this year. Grade, a former chief executive of Channel 4 and BBC chairman, is currently chairman and CEO of ITV, which has seen its profits crash as the TV advertising market contracts. […]

TSBc leases additional occasional use capacity

Nordic satellite operator Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has signed a contract with SES Sirius for the provision of satellite capacity in the Nordic region. The three-year agreement will provide TSBc with 36MHz of capacity on Sirius 4 at 5° East. TSBc said the additional capacity will be used for dedicated occasional use broadcasts within the […]