Advanced Television


OBN Bosnia rights for Champions League

Chellomedia’s OBN, its Bosnian FTA joint venture channel, has won the rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons starting with the new Season 2012-2013. OBN has won a competitive bid, and acquired the exclusive first pick of the Wednesday night matches as well as the highlights, Semi-Finals and Final. Champions […]

April 4, 2012

4oD up 10%

Channel 4’s VOD platform 4oD had 45 million views in February, bringing total year-to-date views to 93 million, 10 per cent year-on-year, says the broadcaster. There were 4.3 million unique 4oD users during the month, each spending an average of two hours watching content. Most watched was Skins, Hollyoaks, Desperate Housewives and Shameless all featuring […]

March 30, 2012

SES and Samsung make FTA thrust in Africa

Samsung and SES are to partner to provide free satellite TV services for six countries in Africa. In an effort to drive digitalisation, the free service will be available on high-end Samsung LED TVs, and will provide access to 60 free-to-air TV channels (30 English and 30 French). The TVs are fitted with built-in satellite […]

March 23, 2012By Chris Forrester

Competition to boost MENA pay-TV

The social and political turmoil that has rocked the Middle East and North Africa region has resulted in liberalisation measures which will open up the pay-TV sector, according to research firm Digital TV Research. Digital TV penetration for the 16 countries covered in its Digital TV Middle East & North Africa report is already approaching […]

March 20, 2012

Channel 4 launches 4seven

UK public service commercial broadcaster Channel 4 is launching a new service – 4seven – the first new channel for the broadcaster since 2005. Delivering a keynote speech at the FT Digital Media Conference in London, David Abraham, Channel 4 Chief Executive, described the channel as containing “the noisiest bits of Channel 4”. Launching across […]

March 8, 2012By Colin Mann

Paramount Channel on Spain’s FTA DTT

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Spanish media group Vocento have reached an agreement to launch in April Paramount Channel on Spain’s DTT platform as an FTA channel on frequency previously used by the former TV channel La 10. Paramount Channel will offer movies from the archives of Paramount Pictures with genres including drama, comedy, action, […]

March 5, 2012From David Del Valle in Madrid

Nagra, abertis telecom partner for multi-screen cloud service

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider Nagra has formed a strategic partnership with Spanish infrastructure and telecommunications services firm abertis telecom to launch a cloud-based service aimed at pay-TV service providers and free-to-air broadcasters seeking to deploy affordable multiscreen television with fast time-to-market. The service claims it is setting a new benchmark in the […]

February 28, 2012
Connect TV MD: Phil Walder

Connect TV goes live: Targets 11m UK homes

Connect TV, a broadband-supplied portfolio of TV channels, launches this weekend to UK viewers with Freeview HD or Smart TV functionality, and are broadband-enabled. Connect TV has embraced MHEG functionality and uses a batch of dedicated channel numbers on the EPG. Some of the TV services are already generating around 200,000 streams a month. CEO […]

February 27, 2012By Chris Forrester

France 24 on UK FreeviewHD

Vision247 has confirmed that France 24, the leading French international news channel, is now available in all British homes with FreeviewHD enabled televisions. Broadcasting on the Vision TV Network on FreeviewHD channel 110, France 24 covers international current events. Powered by Vision247, TeleFrance uses the FreeviewHD electronic programme guide (EPG) to deliver new channels from […]

February 9, 2012

Antena 3 acquires F1 rights

Antena 3 TV has acquired the FTA TV rights to the Formula One World Championship for two years, 2012 and 2013, with the first race to take place next March with the Grand Prix of Australia. The channel will pay €40 million per year, the same amount Mediapro, shareholder in the commercial TV channel La […]

February 8, 2012From David Del Valle in Madrid