MTV HD will launch in France on November 6 at the same time as the live broadcast of the MTV Music Awards. Initially, the channel will be available exclusively to CanalSat subscribers. After a grace period, the cable operator Numericable will also offer MTV HD to its subscribers.
MTV Networks in Germany plans to have Comedy Central and Nick share a channel. They currently each have their own channel.
The Franco-German cultural channel Arte is slowly withdrawing from Dutch analogue distribution and will from now on only be available in basic digital. The move is being made as soon as current analogue distribution contracts run out.
Discovery Communications has said it has secured capacity on the UK DTT system ahead of a new channel launch early next year. The broadcaster is believed to have paid in the region of £10 million for capacity within the ITV-owned SDN multiplex.
Beate Uhse, a distributor of adult content and merchandise, has announced an exclusive agreement to distribute adult programming and erotic movies from the Spice Studios, Cinemaplay Entertainment and Club Jenna brands. Customers throughout Europe
On Demand Deutschland (ODD), the joint venture between On Demand Group (ODG) and Tele München Gruppe (TMG), has concluded a multiyear licensing agreement with Warner Bros studios to launch Warner TV.
The German cable operator KabelBW says it has extended its digital offer with three new channels. As from today (October 16), Anixe SD, Timm TV and Daystar TV are available to digital subscribers on the network.
Voom HD Networks and Eutelsat visAvision have announced the launch of Rush on the KabelKiosk platform.
The Biography Channel (BIO) has secured a distribution deal in Israel on the cable operator HOT. The deal announced by Rhonda Attar, general manager, Tel-Ad Broadcasting Channels.
Viasat Broadcasting has bolstered its HD line-up with the launch of MTVNHD on its pay-TV platform in the Nordic region. The agreement with MTV Networks kicks in at 10.00 CET this morning in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.