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de Mol confirms SBS approach from Discovery

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says Endemol founder John de Mol is in discussions with Discovery Communications about a possible sale of his 33 per cent stake in broadcaster SBS. Publisher Sanoma Media owns the balance of SBS, and is also in talks with Discovery. SBS still runs SBS6, Veronica and Net5 channels. SBS sold its Scandinavian channels to Discovery last […]

Avanti: Losses deepen

London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications reported an increased loss of $87.7 million ($58.88m, a year ago). Revenues expanded from $32.12 million a year ago to $65.62 million for the year to June 30. Backlog also fell back from $445 million a year ago to $430 million now. Avanti had some $195 million cash at hand at year-end. Chairman Paul Walsh […]

Nilesat expands with Eutelsat

Cairo-based Nilesat is taking a long-term ‘multi-transponder’ lease on the upcoming Eutelsat 8 WestB satellite. The satellite is due for launch next summer, and will be located at 8 degrees West, alongside Nilesat’s orbital slot at 7 deg West. The two locations, which can be received on a single dish, already carry more than 1000 channels to the Arab world. […]

YahLive wins BBC Persia, BBC Arabic

It is fair to say that YahLive, the DTH portion of Abu Dhabi’s YahSat craft, struggled over the first year or two of its life to convince broadcasters to come aboard. TahSat was launched back in 2011 with the mission to be the Middle East’s first all-HDTV satellite. The sales concept didn’t work out, but today’s position is significantly improved […]

A+E, Cisco collaborate on ratings

A+E Network and Cisco announced that they have successfully integrated and tested the Nielsen ID3 tagging as an essential component of being able to track viewing patterns for mobile screen services. The added capability of Nielsen ID3 tagging will help other media companies, broadcasters and service providers better track TV viewing patterns and ratings across multiple devices to help with program […]

Ofcom rejects London local licence changes

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has decided not to allow ESTV – the provider of the London local television service London Live – to vary its programming commitments. ESTV submitted a request to Ofcom in July 2014 requesting changes to the programming commitments in its local TV licence. Before deciding whether or not to consent to the changes, Ofcom published a […]

CryptoGuard wins in Africa

CryptoGuard, the CAS operator, announced a partnership with Satcon for two networks in Africa. Satcon has decided to use CryptoGuard’s Conditional Access platform, and also CryptoGuard’s Subscriber Manager System to help them monetise its operation in a more efficient way. The two networks are in Congo and Gabon. “We have chosen CryptoGuard CAS and SMS in comparison with the majority […]

Scripps re-signs for DISH

A multi-year contract renewal between DISH Network and Scripps Networks Interactive improves DISH customers’ access to Scripps Networks’ entire content portfolio, including new and expanded digital rights. The agreement includes over-the-top (OTT) multi-stream rights for live and Video-on-Demand content. The agreement also expands DISH’s distribution of authenticated live and Video-on-Demand Scripps Networks programming on Internet-connected devices. Moreover, the agreement widens […]

Verimatrix multi-screen with Bouygues Telecom

Verimatrix announced that it has extended its relationship with Bouygues Telecom, a French mobile phone, Internet service provider and IPTV company. A longtime Verimatrix customer, Bouygues Telecom has now added the Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for Broadcast-Hybrid to its security arsenal. The solution was deployed to protect Bouygues Telecom’s next-generation, Android TV box client devices, which offer a new […]

Freesat refreshes Showcase service

UK subscription-free TV service Freesat has unveiled the latest version of Showcase, its editorially-driven TV recommendations service on Freetime next-generation programme guide. Showcase is one of the key features of Freesat’s Freetime service. It offers recommendations of programmes to watch that are selected by Freesat’s dedicated in-house editorial team, and is available online, on the Freesat app, and via the […]

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