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BeIN Sports adds 3rd channel

Doha-based beIN Sports has added a third channel to its existing pair of sports channels, which mostly carry soccer matches. Its channel 3 will carry rugby, basketball, handball, athletics, judo and volleyball. The channel comes ‘free’ to existing subscribers who pay €12 a month. BeIN Sports claims more than 2.5 million subscribers, and added 850,000 during the FIFA World Cuip […]

Fox re-signs Wimbledon for Asia

FOX Sports, FOX International Channels’ sports network, has secured exclusive broadcast rights (cable, satellite and terrestrial) and multi-media rights with The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) to The Championships, Wimbledon for another six years, from 2015 – 2020 in Asia. The announcement of the deal today at the Sports Matters conference, held in Singapore, adds Wimbledon to […]

Tablet TV confirms US, UK launch aims

Following’s exclusive revelation September 16 that Motive Television was anticipating an end-of-year UK launch for its Tablet TV service following October deployment in San Francisco, the company has confirmed it is moving toward launches in the United States and United Kingdom in 2014. Both projects are currently in the process of updating and improving the user interface, and completing […]

Authentication not delaying TV Everywhere use

Despite persistent claims by industry executives, authentication is not hindering use of ‘TV Everywhere’ services, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The firm’s findings suggest that only 7 per cent of TV Everywhere (TVE) users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 per cent ranking the process as ‘very difficult’. This runs counter to […]

Oettinger handed EC digital brief

EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has named German politician Günther Oettinger as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, replacing Neelie Kroes, whose term ends when Junker’s Commission takes office. Oettinger has been the member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010, and a Vice-President since 1 July 2014. In a statement shortly after the announcement of his appointment, […]

Spain now most expensive for TV football

Spain has become the most expensive country in Europe to watch football on television with an average cost of €52.10 per viewer, ahead of the UK with €49.80 according to a report from Italy is the cheapest with €14.00, followed by Portugal, €27.99; France, €36.80 and Germany with €39.90. For the supporters of the largest clubs such as Real […]

Philippines ASO slips 3 years

Some Filipino homes have already invested in digital TVs and set-top convertors ready for an analogue switch to digital planned for the end of 2015. Now the country’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is looking at requiring broadcast networks to shut off their analogue channels in 2018, and even this date might slip to 2019. NTC chief Gamaliel Cordoba said the […]

StarTimes Congo back on air

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has allowed StarTimes Group to resume broadcasts in the vast country. Local reports say that the China-backed pay-TV operator has been “paroled” by President Joseph Kabila. Three top government officials last week ordered ARPTC, the regulator, to suspend temporarily the Chinese broadcaster’s operations in the DRC pending further investigation and a court case on […]

Sky Deutschland boards reject BSkyB offer


The Supervisory Board and Executive Boards of Sky Deutschland are recommending that shareholders reject the take-over offer from BSkyB. Their statement says the offer of €6.75 per share “does not reflect the long-term potential” of the company. The executive board confirmed CEO Brian Sullivan, a former BSkyB staffer and only executive shareholder in Sky Deutschland, would not participate in the […]

de Mol confirms SBS approach from Discovery

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says Endemol founder John de Mol is in discussions with Discovery Communications about a possible sale of his 33 per cent stake in broadcaster SBS. Publisher Sanoma Media owns the balance of SBS, and is also in talks with Discovery. SBS still runs SBS6, Veronica and Net5 channels. SBS sold its Scandinavian channels to Discovery last […]

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