Accedo brings Wikipedia to Clix TV

Interactive TV applications developer Accedo has launched a service on Portuguese IPTV service Clix TV that allows users to access Wikipedia via the TV. The Clixopedia service enables users to search and view content from the online encyclopedia website using their remote control to navigate the site. The service is available free of charge for […]

Arqiva plans consumer-facing VOD site

UK transmission services company Arqiva plans to use its acquisition of the assets of the Kangaroo joint venture to create a consumer-facing online video-on-demand portal. Strategic development director Rob Hamlin told online news service Paidcontent that Arqiva plans to create a consumer-facing site and was prioritising signing up content suppliers including the former joint-venture partners […]

TF1 launches iPhone player

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has launched TF1 Player, a new iPhone application downloadable from the Apple Store for €3.99 a year. TF1 Player allows iPhone users to watch the channel on their phones via 3G or WiFi and to access TF1 catch-up programmes. According to a report in financial daily Les Echos, TF1 intends to […]

ITV tipped to take low-ball Friends Reunited bid

UK press reports suggest free-to-air broadcaster ITV could offload its Friends Reunited social network for as little as £15m (€17m), a huge discount on the £175m it paid for the website in 2005. The free-to-air broadcaster has been trying to offload the service since early this year and is understood to have been hoping to […]

ONO adds Gol TV to line-up

Spanish cable operator ONO has added Mediapro-owned sports channel Gol TV to its line-up. The deal will enable ONO to promise viewers two Spanish premier league football matches each day, including one featuring either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Gol TV also provides coverage of the Champions League, Spain’s Copa del Rey, Spanish second division football […]

Pace reports record results

Set-top box vendor Pace has reported revenues of £526.5m (€608.5m) for the six months ending June 30, up from £231.1m a year earlier. Profit before tax increased to £34.3m from £11.2m. During the six months, Pace shipped 8.5 million units, compared with 2.8 million for the same period last year. The company said over 490 […]

Fox turns back the clock with Retro in Italy

News Corp-backed channel operator Fox Channels Italy has launched Retro, its thirteenth offering on the News Corp-backed Italian DTH platform Sky. The classic series channel will have a host of older shows including Different Strokes, Mork and Mindy and The Love Boat. Fox said that the channel will launch in other territories over time. 

TF1 profit and revenues decline sharply in first half

Bouygues-backed free-to-air French broadcaster TF1’s ad revenue and net profits have dropped sharply as the economic downturn continues to bite. The company suffered a 23% fall in ad revenue in the first six months of 2009 and now expects the full-year ad decline to be about 13%. Ad revenue from the core TF1 channel was […]

BBC fills in Canvas

Following widespread industry criticism over the absence of specifics when plans for the service were first revealed in February, the BBC has unveiled more detailed proposals relating to its Canvas video-on-demand project. The BBC wants the Canvas consortium to retain control of the service’s user interface (something that a number of respondents to the earlier […]

Telekom Austria expands IPTV offer

Telekom Austria has expanded its AonTV IPTV service offering, increasing the premium package from 20 to 24 channels after adding Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Sat.1 Comedy and Romance TV. Telekom Austria has also added a range of other new channels to its line-up, taking the basic package to over 70 channels, including Euronews, regional TV […]