Channels

BBC iPlayer requests up in April

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Programme requests to the BBC iPlayer were up slightly year-on-year on April, with no sign of the “seasonal slow-down” the BBC usually records from March… Read more

South Africa’s Siyaya TV accuses SABC of lying about football rights

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A row has broken out in South Africa between state broadcaster SABC and pay TV player Siyaya TV over South African Football Association rights, according… Read more

Dog TV unleashed in Portugal

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Dog TV, a channel designed to entertain dogs that have been left at home alone, has rolled out in Portugal.  The network went live via… Read more

UPC Czech Republic adds Barrandov Plus to line-up

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Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic is to add film channel Barrandov Plus in both HD and SD to its programming line-up on June… Read more

CSA calls for HD services as France prepares for 700MHz, MPEG-4 transitions

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French media regulator the CSA has said it will issue a call for candidates to launch HD services on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, to coincide… Read more

Former MTV chief Roedy takes stake in music MCN

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Former MTV Networks chairman and CEO Bill Roedy has taken a stake in music-focused multichannel network startup PopShack and has joined the board of directors… Read more

Atresmedia to launch male-focused channel as BeIN Sport comes to Spain

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Spanish broadcast group Atresmedia is to launch a new male-focused channel, Mega, on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform on July 1.  The launch is possible thanks… Read more

Lagardère acquires Spanish production outfit

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Lagardère has acquired Spanish producer Boomerang TV for an undisclosed sum. The French conglomerates TV unit, Lagardère Active, has taken an 82% stake with the… Read more

Eurosport launches Apple Watch app for French Open

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Discovery-owned sports network Eurosport has launched an Apple Watch app, which will give live scores, updates and player data from the French Open.  The app went… Read more

South Africa’s SABC launches international news channel

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South African public broadcaster has launched its news channel internationally on the Multichoice pay TV platform.  SABC News will be available to around 50 countries… Read more