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ProSieben sets up TV movies unit

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has set up Magic Flight Film, a new division dedicated to making TV movies. It will be part of the Producers at Work production division, which is jointly operated by ProSieben and producer Christian Popp. Magic Flight will be based in Munich and Berlin. It will be run by Christian Rohde […]

Thomson launches HD set-top for satellite

Set-top box vendor Thomson has launched a new device capable of supporting IP-based video services over existing coaxial L-band delivery infrastructures. The MPEG-4 DSI705 HD set-top enables satellite operators to provide over-the-top services and multiroom PVR.  

Telenor’s Thor 6 prepares for business

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s latest satellite Thor 6 will enter commercial service before the end of the month. Having completed all necessary in-orbit and ground related testing, Telenor said commercial services will begin in late December. The satellite operator has taken formal ownership of Thor 6 and will now control it from the in-house space […]

Russia unveils DTT plans

Russian authorities have unveiled plans to roll out the country’s digital terrestrial television network. It will start to roll out the first multiplex next year with eight free-to-air television channels and three radio stations in 12 regions of the country, followed by rolling it out in 27 more regions in 2011 and 2012, and […]

Free offers remote recording

French IPTV operator Free has launched a service that allows its DVR subscribers to record remotely. Subscribers can use the internet to programme their Freebox HD DVR to record up to two channels at the same time. Content can also be recorded onto an external hard drive plugged into the DVR’s USB drive. […]

CanalSat offers web TV to all

French pay-TV operator CanalSat has made its web TV service available to non-subscribers and added new channels. CanalSat Web TV, which offers about 80 channels to view online, launched in Autumn 2008 and was originally only available to CanalSat customers subscribing to the five star package. It is now being made available to three […]

Eurosport launches Middle East site

Eurosport had launched a dedicated website for the Middle East and North Africa. Eurosport Arabia, which has been developed in partnership with local telco du, offers breaking news and live sports updates with editorial content spanning 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It features eight region-specific landing pages for Egypt, Morocco, […]

Russian channels for Free

French IPTV operator Free has launched a Russian channels package. The four-channel package includes Channel One Russia, movie channel Dom Kino, music channel Muzica Pervoyo and biography channel Vremya. It is available for €4.99 per month. Free launched the package following a deal with channels distributor Thema.  

Widevine attracts US$15m from investors

Content security specialist Widevine has announced that Liberty Global, Samsung Ventures and a third, unnamed party have become strategic shareholders in the company. Widevine said the move would lead to US$15m (€10m) in growth capital. “Widevine will use the additional capital to support and grow our customer base, broaden our product portfolio and defend […]

MGM HD launches on Sky

Hollywood studio MGM has launched its first branded channel in the UK on pay-TV platform BSkyB. MGM HD is a 50/50 joint venture between the studio and Sky. The 24-hour channel features HD re-mastered movies from the MGM library, including The Pink Panther series, Woody Allen features including Annie Hall and Manhattan along with […]