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RAI to launch four international channels

From Branislav Pekic Rome Italian state broadcaster RAI has announced that its international subsidiary, RAI International, will be rebranded as RAI Italia. The name change is intended to call attention to the network’s country of origin around the world. The change will take place soon and will also see the launch of four Italian channels […]

November 30, 2007

Setanta scores World Cup matches

Setanta has secured the rights to four of England’s five away qualifying matches for the 2010 football World Cup, including the team’s match with Croatia. The Irish pay-TV broadcaster has struck an exclusive broadcast deal for about 90 World Cup qualifiers, which will begin next autumn.

November 28, 2007

BiBC signs distribution deal with Sony BMG

The British Internet Broadcasting Company (BiBC) has signed an audio, video and long form video content deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK). This deal will allow BiBC to distribute Sony BMG content on a subscription, download-to-own or download-to-rent basis along with unique advertising funded promotions. Sony BMG will allow BiBC to distribute the audio […]

November 28, 2007

BBC and Sky share RFL

The BBC has secured exclusive rights to show rugby league’s Challenge Cup live in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in a deal covering television and online. An England international will also be shown annually as part of the deal. A new contract will also see Sky Sports continue its exclusive live coverage of Super League in […]

November 28, 2007

Top Up TV tops up channels

Top Up TV, which provides premium TV content on UK DTT platform Freeview is to offer subscribers programmes from National Geographic Channel and The SCI FI channel. The channels join recently announced additions The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. This will be the first time that all four channels will be available to […]

November 28, 2007

Paramount movies for BT Vision

BT Vision has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment to make around 150 films distributed by Paramount available from the BT Vision. Download Store users will now be able to download and own current and classic titles distributed by Paramount and watch them on PCs and portable devices.

November 27, 2007

History Channel and Crime Network for Top UP TV

The History Channel UK and Top Up TV have reached an agreement to launch The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network on Top Up TV Anytime in the UK. Both The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network are immediately to available to all subscribers of Top Up TV Anytime service.

November 23, 2007

Warner Bros UK channel

Warner Bros is to launch its own channel, branded Warner TV, on Virgin Media and BT Vision’s on-demand service. The channel, which is the UK’s first devoted to TV series from a single studio, will feature popular US imports such as The West Wing and Nip/Tuck. Warner TV will be available for a £5-a-month (E7.25) […]

November 22, 2007

Tiscali UK signs Setanta

Tiscali UK has secured a deal to stream Setanta Sports channels live on its website. The deal will enable Tiscali customers to watch sports content online for £7.99 a month (E11.5). Users will have access to Setanta Sports 1, 2 and Golf as well as on-demand highlights through both PC and Mac platforms.

November 20, 2007

ITV mobile communities

ITV will launch a series of mobile communities for its shows that will be branded MyITV, including X-Factor, Loose Women, Britain's Got Talent, ITV Sport (covering the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the Formula 1 Grand Prix), and Emmerdale. Loop Mobile has been signed to create the communities based on its MOKO platform. […]

November 19, 2007