Belgacom TV is continuing to distribute ARD and ZDF on its IPTV network despite an earlier announcement it would remove the two German public channels as no agreement could be reached over the carriage fee. The operator said it is not willing to pay the €1 million the two channels want for distribution on the network.
Virgin Media has today created a channel for YouTube in its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), enabling Virgin Media TiVo customers to access the video community’s online content from listings that have until now been available only to traditional linear broadcast channels. It follows a similar announcement made last week by Freesat.
In addition, Virgin Media has integrated YouTube clips and channels more deeply in TiVo’s ‘My Shows’ and ‘Search and Browse’ areas, giving viewers the widest choice in how to access entertainment. The app is free to access and can be launched by scrolling through the channel listings and selecting number 198.
Trace Sports has launched February 1 on Megacable, Mexico’s leading cable operator, with over two million subscribers. Trace Sports is available both in SD and HD respectively as part of Megacable’s Super Basico offer and in the operator’s Paquete HD. Megacable is the third Mexican operator to launch the channel.
The German free-to-air broadcaster FTL has signed a number of new distribution agreements. As a result FTL is no available in the web TV portal Zattoo and on the cablenets of Wilhelm.tel and Willy.tel. FTL started broadcasting last year on the Astra position of 19.2 degrees East.