Broadband TV News Today
March 28, 2015


Sony buys Film1 from Liberty Global
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. [Read More]

ECJ to rule on TVCatchUp relays
The question of whether online portal TVCatchUp can rebroadcast UK commercial channels is heading to the European Court of Justice. [Read More]


Rovi remains confident in Netflix case
Following a court hearing on its pending patent case with Netflix Rovi’s stock dipped almost 12%, but the company said it remains confident claiming no judgement has yet been made. [Read More]


Sébastien Janin to head’s expansion in Europe, the European video-on-demand (VOD) provider backed by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, has appointed Sébastien Janin as its head of international business development. [Read More]


DTG prepares for Freeview Play with D-Book 8
The DTG has published details of the technology foundations to Freeview Play, the new connected TV service on the UK's terrestrial platform. [Read More]


KIPCO backs OSN for continuing growth
KIPCO says it sees enormous potential in its Middle Eastern pay-TV operation OSN. [Read More]


BBC Connected Red Button becomes Red Button+
The BBC is to rebrand its connected Red Button service as Red Button+. [Read More]


HBO gets daily news from Vice
HBO will increase the network’s current events coverage, bringing Vice’s brand of journalism and breaking news content to its subscribers. [Read More]


Gulli launches African version on satellite
French media group Lagardère is launching an African version of its children’s channel Gulli on the Canal+ platform in Africa. [Read More]


New Russian online service launches
Russia’s MTS has launched a paid online video service known as MTS TV. [Read More]


RTL Nitro to launch on DTT in Berlin
German commercial broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will expand the DTT distribution of RTL Nitro. [Read More]


Conax establishes Beijing test centre
Conax is in the final stages of establishing a Conax test centre in Beijing. [Read More]


Kabel Deutschland opens VOD kids’ corner
German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has added a children's section to its video-on-demand (VOD) service Select Video. [Read More]


Spike plans cross platform UK debut
WATCH VIDEO Spike is to make its UK debut on April 15 with a mix of acquired content and original commissions. [Read More]


All 4 goes live March 30
Channel 4 says its new digital platform All 4 will go live on Monday March 30 on PC, iPads and iPhones. The All 4 brand identity will replace 4oD across all platforms as the broadcaster’s catch up TV service. [Read More]



European Commission wants to abolish geo-blocking
The European Commission has said geoblocking stands in the way of a modern digital market and should be abolished. [Read More]


Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan to resign
Brian Sullivan, CEO of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland, will step back on June 24, 2015 and return to his home country USA. [Read More]


UK launch for Amazon Fire’s streaming stick
Amazon has launched its Fire TV Stick into the UK market. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: Holding pattern
Anyone who flies regularly into London's Heathrow Airport will be familiar with the stacking that takes place at peak times – often off-peak times – before coming into land. [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: Invitation to Bratislava
Broadband TV News and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting will be hosting a special event in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, on May 6. [Read More]


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