Xavier Niel ‘close’ to taking majority control of Eir

Xavier Niel, the French telecom entrepreneur and owner of multi-play service provider Iliad Telecom/Free, is close to finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in Irish telco Eir, according to press reports. According to The Times, a deal could be signed by the end of the year, expected to value the telco at around […]

Disney SVOD service launches in Ireland

The Walt Disney Company has launched its family-focused SVOD service DisneyLife in Ireland. A multi-account for families will cost €6.99 per month, offer Disney, Pixar and blockbuster films and TV series. The DisneyLife app debuted in the UK last year, before Disney announced it was launching a worldwide SVOD service in 2019. The service is […]

Fox secures Irish green light for Sky deal as UK decision time approaches

21st Century Fox has secured approval for its acquisition of Sky from the Irish regulatory authorities. The Irish minister for communications, climate action and environment cleared the way for the US group to acquire all of the shares in Sky that it does not already own, ruling that the acquisition would not result in insufficient […]

Sky renews European NBCU deal

European pay TV operator Sky has renewed its wide-ranging TV and film content deal with NBCUniversal. The multi-year deal covers Sky Cinema and the NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) channel portfolio, and includes “comprehensive” electronic sell-through and TVOD elements for the Sky Store. Sky’s UK and Ireland customers will continue to have access to pay TV […]

Nickelodeon UK poaches Scripps programming exec

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has hired a Scripps Networks international VP of programming. As of July 3, Katharina Feistauer will be VP of programming at Nick UK, reporting to UK and Ireland general manager Alison Bakunowich. She was previously VP of programming for the UK and EMEA at Scripps. The news comes in the same […]

Sky launches Now TV in Ireland

Sky has launched its stand-alone online streaming service, Now TV, in Ireland for the first time. Now TV went live in the UK in 2012 and lets viewers access content through a range of flexible, contract-free packages. From today, viewers in Ireland will be able to buy a Now TV Entertainment Month Pass for €15 […]

HbbTV Association backs Nordic move to HbbTV2

The HbbTV Association has welcomed NorDig’s new specification, which marks the Nordic region’s first steps from HbbTV1.5 to HbbTV 2.0. NorDig – which specifies the technical specifications for digital TV in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Ireland – released specifications to support the adoption of HbbTV 2 at the end of last month. Responding today […]

Hopster launches on Roku

Kids educational and entertainment app provider Hopster is launching a channel on the Roku streaming platform in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and France. Hopster is launching a localised French language app in France. Hopster is available on Roku streaming players in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, and France, and is also available […]

Netflix goes live on Liberty’s Horizon platforms in Ireland, Switzerland

Netflix has launched on Liberty Global’s Horizon advanced TV platform in Ireland and Switzerland, following its Horizon debut in the Netherlands last week. Customers of Liberty-owned Virgin Media in Ireland can now watch Netflix on their TV using their Netflix subscription on Virgin Media’s Horizon TV service, the company said in statement. UPC customers in […]

TV3 overhauls channels, launching new service

Irish broadcaster TV3 has overhauled its two existing channels and is launching a new net, be3 to replace UTV Ireland. The broadcaster, which is owned by Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, said the rejig is part of a new three-channel strategy. Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland, now Virgin Media, bought TV3 for €80 million last July. Virgin […]