The German football league (Deutsche Fußball Liga/DFL) has opened up the tender process of the TV coverage of the live games and highlights. The monopoly commission Bundeskartelamt has given the green light to open te bidding, but will continue to investigate the matter.
The Fox and Paramount studios have joined the Disney studio in offering day & date releases in the Apple iTunes store for both rental and download, reports Variety. The two studios will offer selected movie titles in the iTunes store on the same day of the DVD release.
ArenaSat will be the first to start showing the new Fox Germany channel on its DTH platform on May 19, as reported earlier in Broadband TV News. The Unitymedia cable nets will follow a day later, on May 20.
The Dutch public broadcasters confirmed they will cut down the number of digital thematic channels. At the moment, they distribute not less than 17 channels via cable, five of which are also broadcast via DTH.
UPC has added an additional 11 channels to its digital cable offer in Slovakia.
MultiChoice is to make further changes to the line up of its DStv platform following customer feedback.
BET Networks has said it has signed a deal with Microsoft to offer a selection of full-length BET television shows for download to the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live online service.
EuroNews and MHz Networks in the US announced today that the European news channel has started airing two news blocks in English on the broadcaster’s national channel MHz Worldview. The 30-minute newscast are being featured at 8:30 AM and again at 2 PM EST each weekday.
The German cable operator KabelBW has introduced two new packages on its digital TV service aimed at Bosnians and Serbs.
The Polish incumbent telco TPSA will launch a new TV channel named Orange Sport this August.