Free-to-air


Sony Crime Channel to launch in the UK next month

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is launching a new free-to-air TV channel in the UK next month, called Sony Crime Channel. The network will be dedicated to scripted and non-scripted entertainment from the crime genre and is due to launch on February 6. Sony Crime Channel will be available on the Freeview, Sky and Virgin […]

MTV goes free-to-air in Germany

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MTV as a free-to-air channel in Germany. The music and entertainment channel is available via satellite, cable networks, IPTV and internet TV. Viewers can also live stream it on MTV.de/live and on through the free MTV Play App for iOS and Android. Viacom will start a launch campaign and introduce a new programming schedule […]

Viacom ups Italian ambitions with FTA push

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air (FTA) frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 frequency ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

Discovery puts name to new UK free-to-air channel

Discovery is launching Quest Red in the UK, its second free-to-air channel in the territory. Billed as ‘the home of irresistibly real TV’ the female-skewing channel will sit alongside Discovery’s existing free TV channel in the UK, Salvage Hunters channel Quest. Discovery CEO David Zaslav gave notice of the UK launch earlier this week and […]

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 […]

Proximus to air football matches free-to-air with RTBF

Belgian service provider Proximus has struck a deal with local broadcaster RTBF to air one match per month from the Proximus League – second-tier Belgian football league – on free-to-air TV. The competition in its entirety will still be available exclusively on pay TV platform Proximus TV through its Belgian Football option, which groups all […]

Liberty Global: content distribution business facing ‘revolutionary’ change

The television industry is facing a much more rapid period of change that could see significant numbers of subscription TV channels fail, according to a report prepared by The Boston Consulting Group for international cable operator Liberty Global. According to Liberty Global’s The Value of Content report, free-to-air channels will be well-positioned if they can manage the […]

Bravo goes free-to-air for the first time

Cable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four. A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being […]

Eutelsat launches TV guide app for FTA channels

Eutelsat has launched Sat.TV, a TV guide that includes all free-to-air (FTA) channels at its Hot Bird position at 13 deg. East. The satellite operator has launched the app in partnership with technology provider Wiztivi to give additional value to the operators of its huge offer of FTA channels from across the world in multiple […]

Discovery launches Middle East free-to-air channel

Discovery is launching Quest Arabiya, a new free-to-air male-skewed channel in the Middle East. The US-listed pay and free TV channel operator is partnering with Abu Dhabi-based producer Image Nation to roll out the channel, with a launch slated for the fourth quarter. Quest Arabiya will be programmed with factual and reality programming from Discovery, Image […]