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Mediaset launches multi-platform game

Italy’s Mediaset has launched a new multi-platform game for TV, web and mobile users. Codice Segreto takes the form of a treasure hunt among the video galleries on the Mediaset.it website, offering prizes to contestants. The game, fronted by actress and model Enrica Pintore, will encourage players to search for a hidden code, using mobile […]

Numericable launches Game One Music HD

French cable operator Numericable has added Game One Music HD to its line up of channels. The MTV France-owned channel, which combines music and video gaming clips and is aimed at the 12-35 age range, will be available as part of Numericable’s premium bouquet. Numericable currently offers 15 general and thematic HD channels. 

ESPN wins English Premier League football rights

The English Premier League has awarded the two packages of live TV football rights for the 2009-10 season formerly held by Setanta Sports to US-based broadcaster ESPN. The deal means that the sports broadcaster will deliver 46 matches in the coming season. ESPN will also broadcast one package of 23 matches for each of the […]

Jazztel board authorises capital increase

The board of Spanish triple-play provider Jazztel has authorised a share rights issue of €82m. The company will offer 683,449 shares at a price of €0.12, representing a 63.63% discount on its current share price. Jazztel has decided on the capital increase in order to meet commitments to bondholders.

TechniSat launches Freesat STB

CPE vendor TechniSat has a launched an advanced HD set-top box for Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air DTH platform. The TechniSat HDFS Freesat allows the playback of movies, music and pictures from either USB memory sticks, memory cards, or from a PC using a LAN connection or a TechniSat WiFi adaptor.

BSkyB and ESPN favourites to take Setanta’s EPL packages

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB and Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN are favourites to secure the two packages of English Premiere League football matches that Setanta Sports were forced to forfeit after failing to make payments last Friday. Setanta had until last Friday to make the latest €30m payment for the rights to broadcast football matches. However, […]

Premiere looking to triple sub base

German pay-TV operator Premiere is aiming to triple its subscriber base, according to local reports quoting CEO Mark Williams. The operator, which will be renamed Sky Deutschland on July 4, is targeting 7.4 million subscribers, or one in five TV households. 

Ball appointment could net ITV £500m

Investment bank Citigroup has pledged to underwrite £500m (€593m) fundraising by British commercial broadcaster ITV if it hires Tony Ball as chief executive. This move will intensify the pressure on the broadcaster to hire the former BSkyB boss and chairman of German cable operator Kabel Deutschland. Ball joined the board of British telco BT Group […]

Netgem’s Vidéo Futur offers new on-demand service

Vidéo Futur, the DVD rental subsidiary of French consumer electronics group Netgem’s Glow Entertainment arm, is launching a new service offering DVD rental and pay-TV on-demand to PCs and TVs via a single pre-paid card. Vidéo Futur will distribute Galaxy-branded rechargeable pre-paid cards in shops and via its internet site that consumers can use to […]

BBC responds to BBC Persian interference

The BBC has increased the number of satellites carrying its BBC Persian channel after the service was subject to interference from Iran. The BBC said it was making its Farsi-language service available on Eutelsat’s W2M satellite, which it said Iranians could tune into by making a small adjustment to their satellite dishes. It will also […]