Advanced Television


Report: FTA sport worth €4.9bn to European economy

An independent report commissioned by the EBU from Oxford Economics estimates that the economic impact of public service media (PSM) sports broadcasting contributed €4.9 billion to Europe’s GDP and supported over 60,000 jobs in 2022. The findings include direct contributions from content production and broadcasting and significant indirect and induced impacts due to supply chain […]

April 22, 2024

France: M6 scores World Cup 2026, 2030 TV rights

M6 Group has outbid TF1 in acquiring the free-to-air rights in France to the 2026 football World Cup which takes place in Mexico, USA and Canada – as well as the 2030 World Cup being held across two continents. The deal represents a significant evolution for Nicolas de Tavernost’s group which hasn’t broadcast any World […]

March 6, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Warner TV channel launching in Czech Republic

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) is expanding its linear portfolio in the Czech Republic with Warner TV. The channel is the first free-to-air TV channel that the company launches in the country, and it will be available for viewers in 2024.   In the Czech Republic, WBD already operates 18 pay-TV linear channels (Discovery, Eurosport 1, […]

January 18, 2024

Tivùsat adds 334,000 connections in 2023

Italy’s free satellite platform Tivùsat enjoyed a stellar year in 2023, exceeding forecasts by 10 per cent with 334,000 new activations. The managing director of Italian state broadcaster RAI, Stefano Luppi, highlighted the strong three-year run, with a total of 1.3 million new activations since 2021. According to Luppi, Tivùsat’s success hinges on its unique […]

January 16, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Formula E extends rights deals with Mediaset, L’Équipe

Formula E has announced multi-year extensions to their media partnerships with L’Équipe in France and Mediaset in Italy. A minimum of 11 races and nine qualifying sessions in Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will air live on L’Équipe’s main linear FTA channel, la chaine L’Équipe, with the remainder airing near […]

December 22, 2023

EFC 110 on Extreme Sports Channel

The exclusive replay of EFC 110, the biggest card in recent African MMA history, is to be shown for free just 24 hours after the event, exclusively on Extreme Sports Channel in the UK, Scandinavia and EMEA on December 8th at 8pm. The main event is the ultimate rematch, when a dominant champion finally gets […]

December 7, 2023

Newsmax on Freeview

Newsmax, the #4 US news channel, is now available in the UK via Freeview on channel 287 with Global Distribution Services serving as its launch partner. Newsmax has seen strong ratings growth in 2023. Available in 50 million US pay-TV homes, the channel is distributed by every major provider including DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, […]

October 12, 2023

Research: 40% free streamers increased viewing in last year

Forty per cent of US adults that watch free TV streaming services such as YouTube, Pluto TV and Amazon Freevee reported an increase in time spent viewing the services compared with last year, two-thirds of which consequently decreased the time they watch other TV services, according to research from Aluma Insights, the CTV research firm. […]

October 11, 2023

Sky Sports News FTA on 25th birthday

Sky Sports News celebrates its 25th birthday on October 2nd. To mark the occasion, the 24-hour live sports channel will be free-to-air from 7am-7pm on Sky Sports YouTube and the Sky Sports App. Sports fans across the UK will be able to watch all the news and reaction from the weekend’s sport which includes a […]

September 29, 2023

Culture Secretary: ‘We’ll protect terrestrial TV’

Viewers of free-to-air terrestrial TV should not be “left behind” amid shifting viewing habits towards streaming services, the UK Culture Secretary will say in a major speech on the future of TV. Lucy Frazer will deliver a keynote speech at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Conference where she will outline her plan to maximise the […]

September 20, 2023By Colin Mann