TVP HD, the Polish public broadcaster’s first HD channel, is set to make its debut today (August 6), two days before the start of the Beijing Olympics.
UPC Broadband Slovakia has added the kids channel JimJam to its line-up in 32 cities.
UPC Broadband will add the new channel STV3 to its EPG tomorrow (August 6), two days ahead of its official launch in Friday.
The Czech portal iDnes.cz has launched an internet-delivered TV channel named iDnes.tv.
Swedish entertainment channel TV7 is to extend its distribution into Norway, Denmark and Finland following its purchase NonStop Television from Broadcast Management Sweden (BMS). The deal includes the channel’s licence to broadcast on the DTT, recently extended to run through until 2014.
Thematic channels are starting to make their presence increasingly felt in the Polish TV marketplace.
Eurosport International increased its distribution by 8.7% in the first half of 2008. The TF1-owned channel reported a paid subscriber base of 63.8 million as of June 30, 2008. Almost 80% of the new subscribers are located in Central and East Europe.
Simply Sports Media has announced the launch of BreakSweat TV, an online TV channel dedicated to extreme and endurance sports. The channel will be available for free and will cover a broad range of sports including mountain biking, adventure racing and rock climbing in short-form 3-5 minute programmes.
The Israeli company Ananey Communications is set to buy MTV’s operations in the Baltic Republics.
STV’s decision not to carry the ITV Network’s HD coverage of the recent Euro 2008 tournament and other HD content was due to the need to maintain the pre-eminence of the STV brand for its Scottish audience, according to SMG chief executive Rob Woodward.