QVC renews SES carriage deal

Satellite operator SES has extended its carriage deal with televised shopping channel broadcaster QVC in the UK and Ireland. The five-year contract renewal will see SES continue to broadcast QVC, QVC Beauty, QVC Extra and QVC Style channels over SES’s 28.2 / 28.5 degrees East satellites. Both QVC and QVC Style channels will be upgraded […]

QVC launches UHD TV channel in Germany

Home shopping channel QVC is launching in Ultra HD in Germany, becoming the seventh UHD TV channel in the German market. Under a new 10-year agreement with satellite operator SES, QVC will utilise additional capacity for its upgrade to UHD and use SES’s subsidiary MX1 for encoding of its content in the HEVC format and […]

Liberty Interactive buys Zulily for US$2.4 billion

Liberty Interactive Corporation, the parent company of shopping channel QVC, has agreed to buy e-commerce site Zulily for US$2.4 billion (€2.2 billion). Under the terms of the planned deal, Zulily will join the QVC Group to create a “discovery-driven and experiential digital commerce powerhouse” aimed at a female audience. Commenting on the agreement, Liberty Interactive president […]

TVPlayer launches 16 channels on Freeview

UK OTT platform TVPlayer is launching a portfolio of 16 web-delivered and free-to-air TV channels on digital terrestrial service Freeview.  The channels – which include music, fashion, home-shopping and Indian networks –will be available on channel 241 of the EPG to viewers that connect their compatible Freeview HD TV to the internet. The channel line-up […]

QVC Extra launches on local TV multiplex

Home shopping channel QVC Extra has launched on the Freeview digital-terrestrial TV platform in the UK on the multiplex set up to deliver local TV services.  The channel, available 24 hours a day, showcases the best of QVC’s product range in one-hour long themed or branded programmes. QVC Extra was previously available to Freeview homes […]

Leading UK digital channels’ content spend hits £2.6bn

A group of leading UK digital and pay TV channels spent a combined £2.6 billion (€3.25 billion) on programming last year, a £234 million increase on the 2012 number. COBA, the industry group for commercial pay TV and digital channels, canvassed its members to get the content spending numbers. Its membership comprises A+E, BSkyB, Chinese […]

QVC Germany boss set to retire

The CEO of QVC Germany, Dr. Ulrich Flatten, is due to retire at the end of 2013 after 12 years at the home shopping network.  QVC said that it will look for a successor to Flatten in the coming months and will consider internal and external candidates for the job. From early January, QVC Europe Steve […]

QVC appoints CEO of QVC Italy

Liberty Interactive-owned shopping TV firm QVC has promoted QVC Italy’s chief merchandising officer, Gregg Bertoni, to CEO of QVC Italy. Bertoni first joined QVC US in 1995, transferring to QVC UK in 2002 before moving over to QVC Italy. He starts his new role effective January 1, 2014 and succeeds Steve Hofmann, who has been […]

QVC launches two new channels

Shopping network QVC is launching two new channels in the UK – QVC Style and QVC Extra.  The networks go live next week and will be available 24 hours a day via Sky, Freesat and on Freeview for viewers with internet connected TVs. Viewers can also tune in online on QVC’s UK website. The QVC […]

NetCologne adds raft of new channels

German cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is adding a raft of new channels to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the platform to 48. New free-to-air HD channels on the platform include SWR, 3sat HD and Ki.Ka HD. All three will be available to NetCologne subscribers next month. Other new free […]