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Digital TV homes to double in LatAm

Despite slowing economic growth, the number of digital TV households in Latin America will double by 2020. A report by Digital TV Research estimates 152 million digital TV households by 2020. Digital TV will climb from only 17.9 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 93.6 per cent by […]

Scripps scoops TVN


Scripps Networks Interactive has agreed to pay €584 million for 100 per cent of shares in N-Vision which on completion, directly and indirectly through Polish Television Holdings, will hold approximately 52.7 per cent interest in Polish broadcaster TVN S.A. Scripps Networks Interactive will assume both the debt on level of Polish Television Holding and TVN of €300 million and €540 million […]

French DTT at 10 faces challenges

French association of independent channels ACI, which comprises groups such as L’Equipe, Lagardère Active, NRJ, NextRadio TV, and Diversité TV France, is using the occasion of the 10th anniversary of digital territorial television in France to urge French authorities to adapt the French audiovisual market to the new rules so as to preserve the free-to-air national terrestrial network. The association […]

ITV acquires Talpa Media


As widely anticipated, UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed it is to acquire Talpa Media B.V., the entertainment show producer behind worldwide hit formats, including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Utopia, I Love My Country and Dating In The Dark for an initial cash consideration of approximately £355 million (€500m). ITV says the acquisition is a further milestone in its […]

Pick+1 and Challenge+1 launch on Freesat

Freesat has confirmed the addition of two new time-shift channels from Sky, Pick+1 and Challenge+1 on channels 159 and 160 respectively. Pick+1 offers unashamedly escapist entertainment whilst Challenge+1 is the home of cult competition and game shows such Paul Gilshan, Freesat’s Marketing and Communications Director, said: “With more than 200 channels on offer, we’re able to bring our viewers more […]

South Africa to miss DSO deadline

Although South Africa’s Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had earlier intimated that the nation would switch off its analogue broadcasting system in June, the Department of Communications has issued a New Broadcasting Digital Migration policy which suggests this is not the case. The Department says it welcomes the Cabinet decision regarding the approval of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Amendment Policy with […]

Horror Channel on Freeview


Horror Channel,  owned and operated by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, is launching on Freeview in the UK on March 13th. The launch will result in a 90 per cent DTT coverage in the UK, making Horror Channel available in 17 million Freeview homes. Horror Channel already claims to be the second largest FTA movie channel in cable […]

Q4 some relief for US pay-TV

The top pay-TV operators in the US added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Digital Television Operator Performance Benchmarking: North America. The research firms findings suggest

BBC Trust: ‘Scrap us’

Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, has said its responsibilities for regulation and accountability be should be transferred to an external regulator, with strategy and oversight remaining with the Corporation’s Executive Board. Delivering a speech on ‘BBC Governance – The Case For Intelligent Reform’ at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead said she was committed to making the current system […]

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

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