Broadband TV News Today
July 23, 2014


Netflix: the international picture
Netflix’s relationship with Virgin has been a “nice positive”, though “not transformative”, to its overall performance in the UK to date, according to co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. [Read More]

BBC Worldwide develops VOD portfolio
BBC Worldwide is adapting its business model, reducing its dependency on DVD, and developing relationships with video-on-demand services. [Read More]


ARD and ZDF return to Hot Bird
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have resumed the transmission of their main TV channels on Eutelsat's Hot Bird satellite system (13° East). [Read More]


German sportdigital secures Scottish Premiership
The Scottish Premiership will return to German pay-TV sports channel sportdigital after a one-year break from the 2014/15 season. [Read More]


Disney Channel Germany launches free app
German viewers can watch the Disney Channel on the go with a new app the children's and family channel has launched for smartphones and tablets. [Read More]


DIGI secures Hungarian pay-DTT carriage
Antenna Hungária (AH) will add DIGI Sport 1 and DIGI Sport 2 to the channel line-up of its pay-DTT service MinDig TV Extra on August 1. [Read More]


HBO GO widens Hungarian reach
UPC Hungary has added HBO GO to its offer. [Read More]


Barrandov eyes more channels
The Czech commercial broadcaster TV Barrandov is looking into the possibility of launching two more channels. [Read More]


Ownership change for Prisa
Morgan Stanley is now the second largest shareholder in Spain’s Prisa. [Read More]


IOC considers Olympic TV
The International Olympic Committee is considering the launch of a dedicated Olympic TV channel. [Read More]


Ukrainian call for DTT consultation
The Ukrainian DTT operator Zeonbud wants to consult with the National Council on TV and Radio over the latter’s decision to cancel a requirement for it to encode its signals. [Read More]


Watchever rolls out on more Sony devices in Germany
Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform Watchever is now also available on Blu-ray players and home cinema systems from Sony in Germany. [Read More]


TLC HD expands German distribution
Discovery Networks Deutschland has signed new carriage deals for HD distribution of its women's channel TLC in Germany. [Read More]


Türk Telekom gains TV subs
Türk Telekom ended the second quarter with 1.9 million Tivibu (IPTV, web TV, mobile TV and smart TV) subscribers, or 44% more than a year earlier. [Read More]


SR Fernsehen launches global live-stream
Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), the regional affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD serving federal state Saarland, has commenced offering its TV channel as a live-stream on the internet. [Read More]



RTÉ threatens to pull plug on Horizon Go
The launch of Horizon Go on UPC Ireland is under threat after RTÉ begun injunction proceedings in the High Court. [Read More]


Fox eyes European Sky asset sale
21st Century Fox could agree to sell Sky Italia and its 57% stake in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB in the next two weeks. This, reports Reuters, could help it lodge a higher bid for Time Warner. [Read More]


4G streaming and Ultra HD in BBC R&D Commonwealth showcase
The first UK trial of live broadcasting over 4G, Ultra HD and 3D audio will be seen as part of a BBC R&D showcase in Glasgow next week, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, which is being staged in the city. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: It’s subscription free, again
Never let it be said that there isn't competition in the UK television market. Where else would you have four free-to-air platforms all operated by the same set of broadcasters.  [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: SVOD takes off
Why wait for Netflix to launch in Central and Eastern Europe, especially its smaller markets? [Read More]


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