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East Africa TV penetration 23%

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had a total population of 146.89 million end-2014, with 33.61 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 23 per cent, according to research from Dataxis. Kenya is the most developed market in the region with 12.04 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 32 per cent. Uganda […]

IS cyber attack downs TV5


French broadcaster TV5Monde is trying to regain control of its 11 channels and websites after an “extremely powerful” cyber attack by so-called Islamic State. The attack began around 10pm French time on Wednesday, said Yves Bigot in an interview on RTL radio, and the hackers knocked out the TV channels and posted material on the broadcaster’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. […]

Freesat App downloaded 0.5m times

Freesat has revealed that its Freesat App has now been downloaded over 500,000 times. The app, which is available on iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices, first launched in January 2014. For Freesat Freetime viewers, the app allows them to browse the best of free TV, set recordings from their device and even replace the remote control. Overall, 94 per […]

UKTV Play adds Drama channel

UKTV has announced the launch of its free-to-air channel Drama on its new VoD service UKTV Play. The specially curated Drama service provides viewers with access to a mixture of popular catch-up and classic programming. Drama classics such as Agatha Christie, The Forsyte Saga and Death Comes to Pemberley, along with genre favourite such as The Bill and Birds of […]

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 […]

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