Sky and the BBC have been jointly awarded the rights to Formula 1 motor racing between 2012 and 2018. The BBC had been under pressure to shed Formula 1, because of the disproportion of cost to the number of viewers the competition brings in.
The HD version of Romance TV will make its European debut on the DTH platform n in Poland on September 1.
Viasat is likely to add Viasat Nature/History HD to the channels it offers commercially in Russia either at the end of this year or beginning of 2012.
The Slovak commercial broadcaster TV Joj plans to launch two HD channels this autumn.
Horror Channel is to launch in the Italian market on September 6. The Chello Zone channel will replace Fantasy in the region.
The new global brand Viacom Blink! has made its global debut on Multimedia Polska in Poland.
The Inter Group has submitted applications to provide no fewer than 12 of the 28 channels that will be carried on the DTT multiplexes operated by Zeonbud.
The leading Croatian IPTV platform MAXtv, which is operated by the incumbent telco T-HT, is to show games from the country’s premier football league on an exclusive basis.
The body representing the Swiss cable industry has expressed disappointment at the rejection of its bid for top-flight football after the Swiss Football League awarded the new contract to a joint offer from Swisscom and Cinetrade (Teleclub).
The Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media has launched a new digital state-of-the-art broadcasting complex in the capital, Moscow.