Russian TV market now has 2,370 channels

The Russian TV market consisted of 2,370 TV channels at the end of 2015, while 68% of Russian TV households subscribed to pay TV at the end of 2014, according to new research. The European Audiovisual Observatory’s report on the Russian market said that more than 2,300 TV channels operate and are accessible in Russia […]

Report: BBC to move away from channel-focused structure

The BBC is reportedly planning to scrap its existing channel-based structure, replacing it with content and audience-led divisions. According to a Telegraph report, the BBC is planning to abolish its radio and television divisions, as part of a radical overhaul for the business that will be revealed by director general Tony Hall in the coming […]

Amazon adds 600 channels to Fire TV in three months

Amazon has added over 600 channels, apps and games to the US Amazon Fire TV platform in the last three months, in what it claims is the “fastest growing selection of any streaming media device”. The firm lists Popcornflix, Funny Or Die, Candy Crush Saga, and Fox News among its popular new titles. It also said that GameFly is now […]

Mediaset lifted by Spanish recovery

Mediaset’s Spanish unit lifted the media giant’s financials for 2014 against the background of continued challenges in the Italian market, according to Mediaset’s preliminary results. Mediaset posted net revenues of €3.41 billion for the full year, marginally down on the 2013 figure. Revenues in Italy fell from €2.59 billion to €2.48 billion, while sales in […]

UK pay TV customers watch just 25% of available channels

Pay TV customers in the UK watch just 25% of the channels they pay for, despite spending an average of  £398 (€502) per year on their television packages, according to uSwitch. The price comparison company’s research claims that some 27% of Brits watch less than 10% of the channels they pay for, with the average […]

MIPCOM reaches out to channels with ‘distribution day’

Reed Midem is introducing a new conference strand designed specifically to lure channel operators and their clients. The Global Distribution Daywill run on the Monday of this year’s MIPCOM market, wrapping in time for James Murdoch’s keynote at the end of the first day of the event in Cannes. “Channel distribution is a growing part of […]

BBCWW names commissioning VP for BBC Brit and Earth

BBC Worldwide has upped executive producer Julie Swanston to vice-president of commissioning in Worldwide’s channels content team. Swanston will focus on commissioning original content for BBC Brit and BBC Earth – two of three new global BBC genre brands that are due to roll out on a market-by-market basis later this year and in 2015. […]

Scripps lifestyle networks spread in Europe

A pair of Scripps Networks International channels have launched on a number of satellite platforms from Europe’s M7 Group. Food Network and Fine Living have debuted on M7’s Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen in Belgium and Skylink in Slovakia and Czech Republic. SNI’s Travel Channel is already available in HD on these platforms. […]

Almost 300 news channels now available in Europe

There are almost 300 news channels currently available in Europe, with 214 based in the continent and a further 80 broadcast there from elsewhere, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory.  The study says that of the 214 Europe-based channels, approximately 110 are national news channels and around 60 have a pan-European, global […]

YouView to expand IP offerings

UK connected TV service YouView has had applications for more than 130 IP channels “which is expects to launch in the next year” according to broadcast organisation Digital UK.  The non-profit, which was set up to assist consumers in the conversion to digital TV and is now focused on EPG issues, made the revelation in a statement […]