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BT Sport wins Formula E highlights race

BT Sport is to televise extensive highlights of all 10 rounds of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship in the UK, joining ITV – which has the live rights – in providing coverage of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body. In a deal brokered by the international media company MP &Silva, BT Sport will air […]

Update expands Freeview TV guide


Freeview, the UK FTA TV service, is expanding its on-screen programme guide to allow for even more great free entertainment. Children’s and News services will move to new numbers on September 3rd, increasing capacity for up to 99 general entertainment channels. Channels 70-76 in the Children’s genre will move to 120-126, and News channels 80-85 will move to 130-135 on […]

Research encourages Tablet TV launch prospects


Tablet TV is nearing its San Francisco-area beta launch in partnership with the KOFY-TV station, owned by Granite Broadcasting – and the timing looks to be ideal, according to new data from Frank N. Magid Associates, a research-based strategy consulting firm. There is extremely strong market

TF1 Group acquires Star Wars saga

TF1 Group has signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company France for new Marvel Studios and Star Wars productions. This free TV deal, across all TF1 channels, encompasses back-catalogue and upcoming Marvel Studios films, as well as existing and future Star Wars movies. It also includes the free TV rights for upcoming Marvel live action TV series, along with […]

Over-the-Air DVR from TiVo

DVR specialist TiVo has unveiled the limited edition TiVo Roamio OTA DVR with an initial retail price of $49.99, for those US consumers who do not have cable or satellite service, yet still want a DVR. “Many top TV shows in America are available with a simple HD antenna,” said TiVo CMO Ira Bahr. “TiVo is devoted to making the […]

Court deals further blow to Aereo

A US court has delivered a further setback to Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo’s continued attempts to resume operations by being designated a cable company. Aereo suspended its operations June 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters and has suggested that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Saorview reaches 653,000 Irish viewers

The number of households opting for national DTT service Saorview has increased by 41,000 over the last four months, taking the total number of Irish homes with Saorview to 653,000. According to data from Nielsen, this brings the proportion of all TV homes in Ireland that have Saorview – either on its own or combined with other services – to […]

Birmingham TV launch date unrealistic

Rival bidders for Birmingham’s local TV licence claim it is now impossible to launch a quality television service before the government’s deadline, following the encumbent going bust. City TV, the holder of the local TV licence for Birmingham, has appointed administrators to try to find a buyer for the licence. While rival local TV firms relish the opportunity to launch […]

MTV leaves Sky for HD+ in Germany


US media company Viacom is preparing to migrate its German MTV HD channel from Sky Deutschland to HD+, the SES-backed HD satellite platform, from the beginning of September. MTV HD will become a free-to-air service on satellite, with HD+ viewers paying an annual fee to receive the bouquet of services on the platform. The Disney Channel also recently went free-to-air […]

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