TV4 launches Xtra sports channel

Swedish broadcaster TV4 is launching a new premium sports channel, TV4 Sports Xtra. The HD channel, which will begin airing this May, will cover various sporting events including the Italian Serie A football league, Europa Lague tournament and the IIHF World Championships. TV4 plans to offer the channel to various distributors. “TV4 Sports Xtra is […]

TV4 sees revenues grow but profits decline

Swedish free and pay broadcaster TV4 Group posted revenues of SEK5.555 billion (€630 million) for the year, up from SEK5.365 billion in 2010. However operating profit fell from SEK826 million to SEK529 million, thanks in part to increased investment in programming. The company said that 2011 was its best year for audience ratings since monitoring […]

TV4 to air BBC World News content

BBC World News, the UK public broadcaster’s international news channel, and Swedish broadcaster TV4 have signed a deal agreeing a deal that will allow the new TV4 News channel to broadcast some BBC World News programming each week. TV4 News is scheduled to launch on January 24. Under the deal, it will air BBC News […]

TV4 launches ‘freemium’ Play service on iPads

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has launched an iPad app for its TV4 Play on-demand service, following earlier launches on the web, on Android devices including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and on the LG smart TVs. TV4 Play is based on a ‘freemium’ model, with viewers able to access catch-up content from the group’s linear channel free for […]

TV4 outsources onscreen design activities

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 is outsourcing its advertising, graphics and on-screen design activities to a new company to be owned by postproduction specialist The Chimney Pot. The move will see some 30 people move from TV4 to the new entity, which will look after the production of trailers, adverts for various platforms, […]

TV4 hires distribution head

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has appointed David Österlund as head of distribution. Österlund has worked for TV4 Group for 14 years, most recently as head of business development within distribution. He will take up his new position on October 1.

TV4 wins Sweden World Cup qualifying rights

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has secured the TV rights to all of Sweden’s World Cup qualifying matches for the 2014 tournament. The broadcaster had already won rights to broadcast Sweden’s home matches from September next year but will now also air the team’s away games. Sweden has been drawn against Germany, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Kazakhstan […]

Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]

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