The Huffington Post is launching its online video network, called HuffPost Live, on August 13. The channel has hired 100 people for its newsroom, including veterans from ABC, CNN and Al Jazeera.
In the Netherlands, CAIWay is the second platform to start carrying the Mediaset channel from Italy, an international ‘best of’ version of the three Berlusconi channels Canale 5, Rete 4 and Italia 1.
UPC Austria is adding six new HD channels to its line-up. Starting on June 29, RTL Crime HD, Romance TV HD, 3Sat HD, Kika HD, ZDFneo HD and Bayeriche Rundfunk HD are available to HD subscribers.
Sky Deutschland has extended its output contract with Sony Pictures Television for the next couple of years. The deal includes recent blockbusters such as Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spiderman 3D and Total Recall.
The Dutch version of thematic channel Horse & Country will also be distributed on the cable networks of Kabel Noord, CAI Harderwijk and Kabeltex later this month, while Delta will start carriage in September.
Horse & Country Television has started broadcasting in the Netherlands with a dedicated feed on the CAIWay network originating from a local play out centre.
Romtelecom’s DTH platform Dolce will continue to carry the five channels produced by the Antena Group. However, they are still not carried by RCS&RDS’s DTH platform due to a dispute with the Antena Group.
The German premium channel TNT Serie HD will launch on June 22 on the Sky Deutschland platform as part of the Sky Welt bouquet, bringing the total number of HD channels to 57.
The NOS sports summer app for smart TV is now available on Philips, Samsung and LG sets with a version for Sony due soon. NOS Sport offers live streaming and on-demand programming from FIFA Euro 2012 and the Summer Olympics.
In the US, a new Amazon Instant Video app for Xbox Lilve Gold subscribers gives customers access to movies and TV episodes on their Xbox 360 console.