New launch KidsCo has signed its first distribution deals in Western Europe through carriage agreements with Spanish operators Teuve, Ono, Orange and R Cable. The launch is being followed up later in the year by a video on demand service.
The Czech national commercial station Prima TV plans to launch a second channel.
CAEC CONFERENCE – PRAGUE. SPI International plans to launch satellite distribution Film Box HD in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary by the end of this year, according to Ivan Hronec, the company’s general manager for Central Europe.
UPC has added AXN Crime and AXN Sci-Fi to its digital cable offer in Slovakia.
Following the successful launch of the Canal + le Bouquet catch-up TV service in March (See Broadband TV News passim) CanalSat now plans to introduce a similar application for subscribers to the various other channels of the Francophone DTH pack.
Following early successes on cable and IPTV networks, a number of major Hollywood studios will now offer both blockbusters and currents on day & date in the Apple iTunes store. These titles will now be available for download purchase on the same day as their DVD release.
TV 2 Denmark has announced plans to increase the number of basic cable and satellite channels. The move comes as part of a refocusing of the quasi-commercial channel on its core activities after two years of expansion.
Channel 4 has launched a new online catch-up service that allows viewers to view shows from the past seven days. The new service, found at channel4.com, is separate to the existing 4oD that already offers a selection of free and paid for content from the UK broadcaster.
Mobile operator Orange has added the channel bouquet from Digital+ Móvil to its mobile TV offering in Spain. This package initially consists of 27 channels across a range of genres including news, music, movies, sports, entertainment and adult content.
The North American Sports Network (NASN) has today (May 1) launched on the D-Smart DTH platform in Turkey. ESPN Classic will follow on June 1.