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That’s TV Gold on Freesat

Freesat, the UK’s free to view satellite TV service, has announced that the home of classic TV, That’s TV Gold, is now available on channel 178. That’s TV Gold showcases entertainment, music and films from the 60s to today. The channel’s line-up features iconic programming of yesteryear with legendary comedy heroes such as The Tommy […]

October 12, 2021

Quintus Studios acquires over 100 hours of factual content

Quintus Studios, the international factual content distributor and channel owner, has announced a wide range of premium factual content acquisitions for its fast-growing portfolio of AVoD channels with a range of major distributors. The deals with leading independent producers and distributors including Hat Trick International, 3DD, Albatross World Sales, WAG Entertainment, Drive and Federation Entertainment […]

October 11, 2021

Newsy launches FTA throughout US

Newsy says it has become the first free 24/7 broadcast news network in the US, available to more than 90 per cent of TV homes across the nation, through over-the-air service and supplementing its OTT and connected TV distribution. The opinion-free national news network now serves its audiences with 14 news bureaus across the country […]

October 4, 2021

Survey: Australian audiences nearing subscription fatigue?

As demand for subscription entertainment shows no sign of slowing, and content continues to fragment across new and existing services, audiences are fast approaching a tipping point, Deloitte Australia’s latest Media Consumer Survey reveals. Deloitte’s tenth edition of the Media Consumer Survey drills down into Australian digital entertainment audience preferences. The survey focuses on five generations with a […]

September 22, 2021

Key India pay-TV channels going FTA

Doordarshan Direct (DD) offers Indian viewers free-to-view channels on its DD FreeDish. Some 20 channels, previously available on India’s various pay-TV platforms, are also broadcasting on DD FreeDish. Harit Nagpal, MD & CEO at Tata Sky, says there are 20 channels that are still part of the pay bouquets of the pay-TV operators. TataSky, Airtel […]

September 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: ⅔ European sports fans reliant on FTA TV

A report by Ampere Analysis has found that, while in the last decade, pay-TV’s share of sports rights – by value – has grown by 20 per cent in Western Europe, only one in three sport fans has access to premium sport channels. Free-to-air channels reach over 800 million Europeans, leading to increased engagement in […]

September 1, 2021By Colin Mann

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