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Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed it remains focused on the core pay-TV business, while its presence in the free-to-air segment will continue to be represented by channel Cielo. Daily “La Repubblica” reported that the pay-TV operator was planning to challenge […]

Freesat in 1.9m homes


Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has maintained its 2014 momentum by adding 8,000 new TV homes in the three months to the end of September. In all, Freesat has added 32,000 new households in the first nine months of 2014; it is now available in 1.9 million households and watched by more than four million viewers every week. […]

Aereo supports MVPD clarification


Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, is taking further steps to create a path forward for the company by filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where it expressed its support for including a narrow […]

Motive primes US Tablet Television launch


Digital television technology, software and solutions provider Motive Television has confirmed that its 50 per cent-owned joint venture, Tablet Television, is launching its marketing campaign in San Francisco, which will run through October and November supporting a product launch in time for Christmas 2014. The marketing plan includes public relations announcements, digital and social media, live events, advertising campaigns, and […]

Freesat new Freetime ad campaign

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service jointly owned by BBC and ITV, has launched a new advertising campaign to promote the features of its Freetime service. The campaign will debut on ITV and digital platforms on October 20th. The new advertising campaign features Sheldon, a snail who regularly misses his favourite shows because life often gets in his way and […]

Aereo seeks MPVD status

Internet OTT entertainment streaming service Aereo has formalised its desire to be considered an MPVD (Multichannel Video Programming Distributor)– i.e., a service licensable by the US’s Federal Communications Commission and as such liable to negotiate with broadcasters over content, or ‘retransmission’ fees, in contrast to its launch business model, which was based on the premiss that it was not liable […]

South Africa: OpenView HD on IS20 bird

OpenView HD, South Africa’s first free-to-view DTH satellite television platform, will soon also be available on the same satellite dish used to receive DStv, Vivid and Freevision services. Platco Digital, the sister company which owns OpenView HD, has entered into an agreement with national transmission supplier, SENTECH, to lease space on the IS20 satellite. IS20 is the same satellite […]

Viacom: “We’ll own Channel 5 forever”

Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, has confirmed the media group’s long-term commitment to UK commercial PublicService Broadcaster Channel 5, which it acquired for £450 million in May 2014. Dauman made the comment as he revealed that the UK would be the first international territory to roll out popular US cable network Spike, an initiative he said was made […]

ITVBe on Virgin Media

Virgin Media TV customers can now watch ITV’s new free-to-air entertainment and lifestyle channel, ITVBe. ITVBe launches on Virgin TV’s channel 119 immediately and can also be streamed to smartphones, laptops and tablets using Virgin TV Anywhere. The new channel features reality programming from the UK and the US. It is available in SD to Virgin TV customers with the […]

Synapse powers Vision TV on Freeview

TV technology and services specialist Synapse TV is enabling the re-launch of Vision TV on Freeview in the UK. The new service will be accessed via the Freeview EPG and deliver a number of UK and international free-to-air channels streamed to compatible Freeview HD connected TVs and boxes. Synapse TV utilises proven technology from Strategy & Technology (S&T) and specialist […]

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