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Portugal’s SIC sees 32.8% profit hike to €5.5m

Portuguese commercial broadcaster SIC ended the first half of 2021 with a net profit of €5.5 million, up 32.8 per cent on the same period last year. Total revenues increased 18.9 per cent to €80 million, while EBITDA grew 11.1 per cent to €10 million. Subscription revenues generated by the eight SIC channels, distributed over […]

July 29, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

India upholds TRAI tariffs

India’s High Court says the government’s changes to TV ‘a la carte’ channel tariffs are fair, although it has ruled against some of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) proposals. The TRAI proposals were mooted in January last year but faced numerous objections. The Bombay High Court ruled that the TRAI, in its new levy, could […]

July 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Six Nations Rugby staying FTA with BBC, ITV

Following earlier speculation, Six Nations Rugby has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive discussions with BBC and ITV to share broadcast rights after an agreement in principle was reached relating to all three Six Nations Championships (Men’s Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under- 20s). Fans will continue to enjoy widespread coverage of […]

May 24, 2021

British Lions return to terrestrial TV on Channel 4

Live coverage of The British & Irish Lions will return to terrestrial television for the first time in nearly 30 years with Channel 4’s broadcast of the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup against Japan next month. In addition to live coverage of the pre-Tour Test match against Japan from BT Murrayfield on June 26th, Channel 4 […]

May 13, 2021

Spain: RTVE to air Extreme E

Off-road electric race championship, Extreme E, has confirmed that Spanish broadcaster RTVE (Radiotelevisión Española) will televise all five of this season’s X Prixs on its free to air linear channel. The championship’s race highlights, review and magazine shows – which will all broadcast in Spanish – will join the line-up of coverage on RTVE’s primary […]

March 16, 2021

Sky Arts goes live on Freeview

UK DTT platform Freeview has welcomed the latest arrival to its free-to-air channel line-up – Sky Arts. The channel, which broadcasts a wide range of programming focused on theatre, art, music and culture, has recently announced a whole suite of new shows for the autumn. These include Tim Marlow’s Sky Arts Late, Danny Dyer on […]

September 17, 2020

France: L’Equipe scores NFL FTA deal

L’Équipe, the free-to-air French channel, has secured the rights to broadcast one live NFL game per week during the new season. The deal will see L’Équipe air one regular season game every Sunday on its linear channel and via its digital channels. In total, L’Équipe will show 17 regular-season matches over the course of the […]

September 11, 2020

Sky Arts FTA from Sept 17

Further to the announcement that Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture, will be made available to everyone, Sky has confirmed a launch date, as well as programming and EPG details. Sky Arts will join DTT platform Freeview on September 17th on channel number 11. According to Sky, the prominent channel […]

August 25, 2020

Sky Arts to become free-to-air channel

Sky Arts, a channel dedicated to arts and culture, is to be made free for everyone this September. With a renewed focus on bringing more of the arts to more people, Sky Arts says it will “embark on an ambitious programme of activity to support and champion the arts – putting artists, creatives, and public […]

July 28, 2020

Eutelsat reinvents FTA EPGs

The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) has been around in one form or another on pay-TV and certain Freesat-type platforms for as long as digital TV has been a reality. But how does a satellite operator handle around 1,000 free-to-air channels from hundreds of broadcasters and provide a common EPG that can work extremely successfully across […]

July 21, 2020By Chris Forrester