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Ashes highlights on Sky FTA Pick

Sky is to show highlights of  the Ashes through Pick –  its free-to-air channel. A one-hour highlights programme will be shown at 10pm every day following each Test, ODI and T20 matches. Stephen Ladlow, Pick channel director, said: “The Ashes is always compelling viewing and making the highlights available on Pick will give many more […]

November 19, 2013

ITV revenues up

ITV has seen revenues rise boosted by its production arm. Total revenue rose 6 per cent to £1.6 billion (€1.88bn) in the nine months to the end of September, with advertising revenue up 1 per cent beating forecasts. Revenues at ITV Studios rose 11 per cent in the period. ITV said it expected advertising revenues […]

November 19, 2013

Bond back on ITV

ITV and MGM International Television Distribution Inc. (MGM), a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have agreed an exclusive, multi-year agreement to bring the legendary James Bond film catalogue, including the latest instalment, Skyfall, to viewers in the UK. All 23 films in the franchise will be available for free on commercial PSB channel ITV. The multi-year deal […]

November 19, 2013By Colin Mann

India’s Dish TV’s carriage rate card

India’s free-to-air broadcasters as well as those seeking to secure fees from subscribers can now tap into Dish TV’s huge pay-TV market helped by an official rate card which quotes a basic entry fee of Rupees 2 million a month (about $32,000). The sum is an all-inclusive fee and covers carriage in either standard or […]

November 19, 2013By Chris Forrester

TalkTalk to hit 1m TV customers next year

TalkTalk has shrugged off the football rights war between bigger rivals BSkyB and BT as the telecoms group added 167,000 TV customers in the last three months. “That’s more TV customers than BT, Sky and Virgin put together,” said chief executive Dido Harding. “Not everyone wants to pay a premium for TV sport.” TalkTalk – […]

November 12, 2013

BT snatches Champions League rights

In what is a major blow to BSkyB’s premium and ITV’s free-to-air coverage, UK telco BT has secured the live broadcasting rights to UEFA Champions League football matches from 2015 as well as for UEFA’s Europa League in a €1 billion + deal. UEFA said that an announcement on the awarding of co-exclusive highlights rights […]

November 11, 2013By Colin Mann

FreeviewPlus HbbTV for Australia

In what it describes as one of the most important developments in its five year history, Australian DTT platform Freeview has announced plans to unveil the most advanced free-to-air EPG service ever seen in Australia with the launch of FreeviewPlus in the first half of 2014. The FreeviewPlus service will provide Australian viewers with a […]

November 11, 2013By Colin Mann

SABC: “No conditional access for DTT STBs”

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has taken the decision not to support conditional access of set-top boxes, suggesting this is the most suitable option for it as a free-to-air broadcaster. It said the decision was based on the fact the SABC has a mandate to make its services available to all South African citizens, […]

November 1, 2013By Colin Mann

MTG free TV6 channel for Norway

Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment group, will launch a new free-TV channel – TV6 – in Norway on November 21st. TV6 will be MTG’s third free-TV channel in Norway and will complement the Group’s existing Norwegian free-TV channel portfolio of TV3 and Viasat4. TV6 will also be MTG’s 33rd free-TV channel. TV6 will […]

October 31, 2013

BSkyB: UK media policy ‘living in the past’

A senior executive at BSkyB has accused the UK government of missing an opportunity to think more widely about the future of the broadcasting industry, suggesting its strategy paper wrongly concentrates on old arguments in an already heavily-regulated industry, risking handing the advantage to rival players. Participating in a session on responses to the government’s […]

October 30, 2013By Colin Mann