Sky to live-stream sport and news on Facebook > Digital TV Europe

Sky is planning to broadcast “a great deal of content” on Facebook Live in the coming months across both news and sports, according to digital director Lucien Bowater. In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news stories by streaming on the social network.“We’ve already been experimenting with it, and the results have been impressive. In less than 24 […]

Mediaset CFO dampens Vivendi pay TV speculation – Digital TV

Mediaset Premium is doing well and the Italian broadcaster sees it as a core part of its operation, according to Mediaset chief financial officer Marco Giordano. Speaking to analysts, Giordano dampened speculation that Vivendi is about to buy the unit, which is majority owned by Mediaset, with Spanish telco Telefónica holding a minority stake. Giordano did concede that there is a wider need for international consolidation of pay TV or an integration of pay TV and telecom […]

4 Things Broadcast News Needs To Stop Doing Immediately

It’s time TV news gives us a break By Matt Dusenbury It’s tough out there for a reporter. Hey, I get it. Writers, publishers, editors and photojournalists, they’re all in a bad way these days. What was once considered a noble profession, the lynchpin of democracy, now finds itself perpetually on the brink. It’s besieged on all sides by brands and bloggers and politicians who can easily bypass the once established gatekeepers. It’s constantly under threat of […]

Former Fox International boss Lopez launches Wondery » Digital TV Europe

Hernan Lopez has launched Wondery, a new on-demand audio service with backing from Fox, the company he left earlier this week. Lopez was the president of Fox International Channels until Fox shelved the FIC brand and reorganised its international activities earlier this week. Today he announced the Wondery roll out and said Fox will be investing in the new service. It will provide original scripted and factual audio programming that will be released as podcasts. Lopez has […]

Numericable-SFR takes on Canal+ with competition watchdog » Digital TV Europe

Numericable-SFR has lodged a complaint against Canal+ with France’s competition regulator, the Autorité de la Concurrence, over the pay TV group’s distribution practices, according to French financial daily Les Echos. According to Les Echos , citing unnamed sources, the Altice-owned cable and telecom group has taken issue with Canal+’s agreements with distributors such as Orange and Free whereby the pay TV group maintains and direct relationship with the end customer and the telecom operators receive a commission. […]

BeIN Media in ‘biggest output deal’ with Italia Film International » Digital TV Europe

Qatar-based pay TV provider BeIN Media Group has signed a five-year multi-million dollar output deal with Italia Film International, whereby beIN will acquire over 600 movie titles from studios including Disney. Italia Film International is the exclusive distributor of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas Films movies in the Middle East, and also has exclusive distribution relationships with Dreamworks, Film Nation, The Weinstein Company, Arclight and Lotus Entertainment. The company has expanded its distribution business to Greece, Cyprus, […]