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Sky Sports F1 poaches BBC presenters

Sky Sports has acquired almost the entire BBC Formula One presenting team, including Martin Brundle and David Croft, to front its coverage of the motor racing championship next season. Brundle, the BBC’s former F1 television commentator, and Croft, who anchored coverage of the sport on Radio 5 Live, will be part of a Sky Sports […]

December 7, 2011

Accedo App Store solution for Boxer

Accedo, an enabler of Smart TV and IPTV applications, has announced that its Application Sphere Solution has been integrated with the new On Demand box from Boxer. Boxer TV-Access AB is one of the leading digital Pay-TV operators in the Nordics, with around 1 million DTT subscribers. The Appstore will be populated with pre-packaged applications […]

December 7, 2011

iPlayer on iPhone & iPod touch

Jana Bennett, president of BBC Worldwide Networks and Global BBC iPlayer, has confirmed that the Global iPlayer app, currently in trial phase on the iPad, is to extend to further Apple devices She told delegates at the Digital TV World Summit in London that from December 8th, the app will be available on the iPhone […]

December 6, 2011By Colin Mann

Al Jazeera wins French UEFA TV rights?

French financial newspaper Les Echos says that Qatar-based Al Jazeera Sports has – bizarrely – won the French broadcasting rights for the 2012-2015 Champions League football games. Al Jazeera outbid Canal Plus, says the newspaper. Still to be sold, however, are the TV rights to 13 so-called premium Champions League games each year – including […]

December 6, 2011By Chris Forrester

Freesat adds 5 channels from Channel 5

Freesat is adding a range of channels from Channel 5 to the platform, effective immediately: Channel 5+1 , 5 USA , 5 USA+1 , 5* and 5*+1 . Freesat viewers will be able to watch comedy, sport, classic American action movies and popular dramas on 5 USA, whilst the addition of 5* to the service […]

December 6, 2011

Cox launches TV Connect app

Cox Communications has announced that many of its customers in the US can now use their iPad as an additional screen to watch live, streaming video in their home at no additional charge.  The Cox TV Connect application includes access to national cable television channels that offer a variety of news and entertainment programming. The […]

December 6, 2011

Rogers On Demand app for Canada Xbox users

Rogers Communications has confirmed that the Rogers On Demand app on Xbox 360s in Canada will be coming to the Xbox LIVE dashboard this Christmas. The app is the first time Rogers On Demand will be available on a gaming console. The app, free for Rogers customers, will include over 1,000 hours of video content […]

December 6, 2011

Xbox 360 update brings VoD, voice control, social apps

Microsoft has announced a major update for Xbox 360 consoles. It has signed up 40 media firms to provide both live and on-demand movie and TV services for the console. The update also lets people control their TVs by talking into the Kinect motion-control. The most noticeable change made by the update will be to […]

December 5, 2011

eBay app: Shop as you watch

Watch with eBay is a new feature in eBay’s iPad app that lets users buy items related to the programme they’re currently viewing. “The idea is to provide a new form of TV watching entertainment that includes the possibility of shopping and discovering interesting products people never would have discovered otherwise,” said Steve Yankovich, vice […]

December 5, 2011

Studios to propose alternative anti-piracy bills wording

Following confirmation that a bipartisan group of US House and Senate lawmakers had released a draft proposal to address their concerns over controversial House and Senate anti-piracy bills comes news that a senior executive of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is to “come forward” with language for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act’ […]

December 5, 2011By Colin Mann