NBC Universal has said it has sold the German general entertainment channel Das Vierte to the Luxembourg based Mini Movie Channel International. The new owner is backed by Dmitri Lesnevski, founder of Russian independent broadcaster Ren TV.
The new Polish news-based channel Polsat News is set to make its debut this Saturday (June 7).
TELENOR BROADCAST PRESS DAY – OSLO. Telenor has given details of its planned sports channel for the Danish market. Christian Albech, CEO, Telenor Broadcast Holding said talks with prospective partners were in their final stages and an announcement would be made in the next few weeks.
Belgacom TV has won the rights to keep broadcasting the live Jupiler League matches on its IPTV platform for the next three seasons. The operator will pay €44.7 million for each season.
The Czech digital TV channel Z1 has made its debut despite earlier reports that it might be delayed.
Danish cablenet YouSee has added a package of three German language channels.
SeaChange has reported a year-on year revenue increase of 17%. The VOD technology and services provider said the revenues of $45 million (€28.94m) in the first quarter of its 2009 fiscal year had highlighted the strength of software following a realignment of its operating segments.
Disney Channel is to launch on digital terrestrial television in Italy. However, unlike Spain where Disney has recently announced a free-to-air offer, Disney Channel Italy will be part of the new Mediaset Premium Gallery that launches on July 1.
Disney Channel has said its free to air DTT service will move to the Spanish DTT platform on July 1. The decision follows ten years as a premium channel on Spanish cable. Nevertheless, the move is expected to be a welcome boost to digital terrestrial television in Spain.
UPC has signed an agreement with Disney-ABC International Television to offer series such as Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds on the UPC On Demand service in The Netherlands.