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Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

A report from right-wing policy institute the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described the BBC as “no longer fit for purpose,” suggesting that its market power – especially in…

Top Gear spin-off on iPlayer

BBC Three and BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned Extra Gear, a new Top Gear show presented by new co-host Rory Reid. Each week Extra Gear will bring fans exclusive new footage,…

Airtel Digital-TV adds 619,000 subs in Q1

India’s Airtel Digital TV pay-TV operator has broken two sets of records. First, it has moved into positive EBIT territory for the first time. Second, its net subscriber additions for…

SABC to launch 5 digital channels

South Africa’s public broadcaster, SABC, is to launch 5 new channels. Four will serve the country’s different linguistic audiences (including Afrikaans, Tsonga and Venda), and the 5th will be an…

SES wins Rio Olympics order from Eurovision

SES wins Rio Olympics order from Eurovision

Eurovision is to lease “several transponders” on a SES satellite, NSS-806, which orbits above Brazil for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.  The agreement covers the two core months of the…

Telesat orders LEO satellites

Telesat orders LEO satellites

Canada’s Telesat is ordering two LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellites. Space Systems Loral will supply one and the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology (part of the Airbus Group) the other. Both…

Thaicom distribution deal with SLNTV

Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), Somaliland’s national broadcaster. Thaicom currently broadcasts 15 TV channels in East Africa…

Turner to launch FilmStruck SVoD service

Turner to launch FilmStruck SVoD service

Turner is launching FilmStruck the company’s first direct-to-consumer product in the US. The subscription video on-demand service for film aficionados, developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration…

Sky, DHL global advertising partnership

Sky has announced its first ever global advertising partnership as it continues to take advantage of the growth opportunities created by the successful acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia.…

Consumers now taking multiple SVoD services

Consumers now taking multiple SVoD services

Findings from Futuresource Consulting suggest that the relationship between SVoD and pay-TV is relatively complementary in most countries, with pay-TV households more likely to take SVoD services than free-to-air only…