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Viaplay reiterates 2024 guidance following reset

Viaplay, the troubled Sweden-based streaming company, posted a 3 per cent increase in Q4 organic sales despite a slight decline in the Nordic region, its key market. Following a mass restructuring, sales stood at SEK4.3 billion (€0.39bn) in the quarter, compared with SEK4.67 billion in the same quarter last year, and the operating loss was […]

February 22, 2024

RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 ad tech partnership

RTL Deutschland and ProSiebenSat.1 have announced a partnership will bring together the content and services of each group’s adtech company, Smartclip and Virtual Minds, so that advertisers can run campaigns spanning the two partners’ platforms – ranging from linear TV to smart TV advertising and campaigns on the RTL+ and Joyn streaming platforms. The media […]

February 22, 2024

Report: Mobile connectivity programme behind schedule

The UK government’s plans to extend 4G mobile connectivity and broaden consumer choice in rural areas are behind schedule, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Launched in March 2020, the Shared Rural Network (SRN) is a joint programme funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and the UK’s four mobile […]

February 22, 2024

Avanti collaborates with Telesat

Avanti Communications has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with satellite operators Telesat to test and develop LEO services as part of its global strategy to deliver multi-orbit solutions to customers at scale. Avanti plans to incorporate Telesat’s Lightspeed services into its network to provide affordable broadband connectivity worldwide. Telesat’s global network […]

February 22, 2024

France24 launches on Freeview UK

France24, international news channel, has launched on Freeview UK channel 266. This expansion allows Freeview users across the UK to access France 24’s coverage of global news, culture, and current affairs in French, English, Spanish and Arabic languages.  With this launch, France 24 aims to further strengthen its presence in the UK market and provide […]

February 22, 2024

Dish Network’s Kelly quits

Dish Network’s head of retail cellular and an EVP at the company, Michael Kelly, has resigned after less than a year in position. Dish, now a subsidiary of EchoStar, said in a statement that Kelly had resigned and that CEO Hamid Akhavan would run the division and lead strategy and key day-to-day operations for the […]

February 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Breeze Airways selects Viasat for IFC

Utah-based low-cost airline Breeze has chosen Viasat to supply broadband and WiFi connectivity to its fleet of aircraft. Breeze flies year-round routes throughout the US as well as seasonal routes during holiday seasons. Its current fleet comprises Airbus and Embraer aircraft and has just acquired 10 extra Airbus aircraft for delivery by the end of […]

February 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

M7 satellite distribution deal with TV ÓČKO

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, the pay-TV provider owned by Canal+, has concluded a satellite distribution agreement with Prague-based Stanice O. for its music channels ÓČKO TV and ÓČKO STAR. ÓČKO TV has been broadcasting since 2002, making it the first Czech thematic television focusing on music and modern lifestyle. ÓČKO Star features hits from the eighties […]

February 22, 2024

BBC factual content for SVT

BBC Studios and Swedish national public television broadcaster, Sveriges Television AB (SVT) have announced a new factual content deal that will see over 280 hours of BBC Studios’ factual content on SVT channels and services including SVT1, SVT2, Knowledge Channel and SVT Play. Titles include the Emmy-award winning series Life Below Zero (Seasons 1-8) which […]

February 22, 2024

Farmbrough launches new Indie prodco

Former Reef Television CEO, Richard Farmbrough, has partnered with Executive Producer Owen Rodd to create Somersault Studio, a new indie production company with bases in London and Cardiff, creating factual content for broadcasters, streamers, brands and the podcast market. Farmbrough and Rodd share a background in factual content. Farmbrough launched and ran Reef Television for 15 years […]

February 22, 2024

Bahamas approves SpaceX for new landings venture

The Bahaman government’s Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (MOTIA) has announced the successful negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with SpaceX, marking what it describes as a “revolutionary leap” for The Bahamas into the realm of space tourism. SpaceX is currently finalising mission designs where one of the company’s floating droneships […]

February 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

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