Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on March 29. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK by broadcast regulator […]

Iflix announces ‘significant expansion’ of channels line-up

Emerging markets SVOD service Iflix has said it is on target to offer more than 80 premium linear channels to users by the end of 2018. News of the “significant expansion” to its linear offering came as Iflix added 13 new premium channels to its service, taking its current tally of licensed channels to 50. […]

France leads Europe for multilingual content

France is “the king of multilingual content”, according to new research that shines a light on the ‘linguistic diversity’ of the European TV market. The study, which was carried out by Media Asset Capital on behalf of TVT Media, found that 18 languages are available in France across its 567 TV channels – including Arabic, […]

Iflix revamp focuses on personalisation

Iflix has revamped its user interface with upgraded features designed to focus on the “individual customer experience”. The emerging market SVOD service has added new ‘Channels’, ‘Add’ and ‘Follow’ features that promise a more personalised experience and new ways of discovering content. “We are thrilled to be working with the world’s leading entertainment brands to […]

Amazon launches subscription TV in UK, Germany

Amazon has launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package. Amazon Channels launches with a line-up of more than 40 channels in the UK and more than 25 in Germany and Austria, with Amazon promising more additions […]

Hulu signs up A+E Networks for live TV service

Hulu has struck a deal with A+E Networks to stream the channel operator’s six networks as part of its forthcoming streamed TV offering. The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to the A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYI and Viceland cable networks. Hulu has already reached agreements with CBS Corporation, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and […]

Sony lowers forecasts but keeping studio

Sony has lowered full-year forecasts for its Pictures business after reporting a double-digit decline in revenue at the division, which includes the feature film, TV and channels operations. The Japanese company recorded a massive write down at its Pictures division earlier this year, but said yesterday the division can return to growth by producing premium […]

Liberty to make ‘opportunistic’ moves for EU free-to-air channels

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company will be “opportunistic” about buying more free-to-air TV channels in Europe. Speaking at Citi’s Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, Fries identified free-to-air channels as an attractive asset in Europe when it comes to content ownership, in comments that could reignite past speculation […]

Mediapro raises €306m for debt payments and expansion

Channel operator and production group Mediapro has secured a €306 million loan, which will be used to service existing debt and on geographical expansion. The Barcelona-based business, which runs the La Sexta channel among others, said it had been able to secure the cash after 12 months of strong performance. The company will use the […]

Comcast accused of violating NBCU deal term

Comcast has been accused of reneging on a key term of its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, which required the broadcast, cable and telecoms group to launch new diversity-focused channels. Major American syndication production company Entertainment Studios and The National Association of African American-Owned Media on Friday filed a petition with US media regulator the […]

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