Opera joins HbbTV consortium

Browser technology supplier Opera Software has joined the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) consortium. HbbTV is a pan-European initiative to harmonise the hybrid delivery of video and other content to consumers through set-tops and internet connected TVs, based on existing standards initiatives including the Open IPTV Forum, CEA-2014 and W3C. An early public demonstration of […]

French TV advertising looking up, but sector challenged

France’s free-to-air commercial broadcasters will benefit from a sharp uptick in national advertising revenues next year, but still face severe structural challenges as the TV market fragments and the effects of new regulation kick in, according to Morgan Stanley. The investment bank notes that RTL-backed M6 has outperformed the wider stock market by over 30% […]

Sky to launch Christmas Channel

BSkyB is to launch Sky Movies Christmas Channel in December, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper. The pay-TV operator will rebrand Sky Screen 2 as Sky Movies Christmas Channel for the whole month and will offer a range of movies traditionally watched over the festive season, including the full Back to the Future, […]

M6 launches on-demand and catch-up services

French commercial broadcaster M6 is moving forwards with plans for on-demand and catch-up TV services. The broadcaster is launching M6 Bonus, offering highlights from the main channel, and M6 VOD, a pay service offering the last season of series on the channel for €5.99 a month, today, while a catch-up service for the W9 music […]

CBS opens up shop in Germany

CBS Studios International is opening a German office, which will be run by Oliver Kreuter. The ex-Bavaria Media Television executive will spearhead CBS Studio’s programme sales efforts from the new Munich base. CBS has also recently appointed Reed Manville to head up a branded channels initiative and he has told Informa Telecoms & Media that, […]

Orange France unveils online news aggregation service

Orange France has unveiled a new version of its 2424actu news service that is now available to all web users. Orange has signed partnerships in recent weeks with news providers, Jeune Afrique, L’Humanité, Métro, Rue89,, La Tribune de Genève, Voici and 24H. The company said it would soon also be able to make […]

Cablecom launches Swiss Television catch-up service

Swiss cable operator Cabelcom has launched a catch-up service with Swiss Television. Cablecom customers in the greater Zurich area can now catch up on all programmes produced by the broadcaster at any time for up to a week after initial broadcast. Viewers can also watch, pause, fast forward and rewind programmes. The service is part […]

Sky to launch on internet platform, announces Xbox launch date

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB is to make its online service Sky Player available on hybrid DTT and IPTV platform Fetch TV after signing a distribution deal with IP Vision. Early next year, owners of Fetch TV broadband-enabled set-top boxes will be able to receive Sky channels including Sky Movies and Sky Sports as well as […]

Lagardére Active names new Mezzo chief

Lagardére Active has named Christophe Winckel as director of classical music channel Mezzo. Winckel, who was previously director of development at Radio Classique, replaces Philip de la Croix, who has left the group. He will be charged with developing partnerships in France and abroad as well as overseeing plans for video-on-demand and HDTV.

SFR names innovation and marketing chief

French quad-play provider SFR has named Jérémie Manigne as director general of innovation, product marketing and services. Manigne, who will join SFR’s executive committee, was previously in charge of SFR’s high-speed broadband and networks division. He will continue to direct the company’s fibre rollout programme.