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 […]

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, […]

“Cafés Parisiens” – New Documentary production

“Parisian Cafés”: Windows to the Soul of the City by Azadeh Nafissi Synopsis French culture and especially French intellectual culture has always been linked to cafés. From the political groups meetings during the French Revolution to the high culture of the 19th century or from the cultural revival in the 20s and 30s to the French Resistance in WWII, cafés have always been the hub of French society as a place to meet, drink, discuss and relax. […]

Canal+ strikes exclusive deal with Disney for new services » Digital TV Europe

Canal+ Group and Disney have struck a deal that will see Canalsat become the exclusive distributor in France of Disney Junior, Disney XD and Disney Channel and new premium service Disney Cinema, Disney catch-up services and new educational on-demand service Disney English. Canal+ said that the deal marked a new stage in its partnership with Disney. The pay broadcaster said that the agreement would strengthen its position in family viewing, with exclusive carriage of four channels that […]

EBU taps Mobile Viewpoint for news over IP » Digital TV Europe

  The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has teamed up with IP transmission specialist Mobile Viewpoint to deliver news and other content to EBU members and clients over IP networks. IP encoding and decoding devices, using Mobile Viewpoint’s technology, will be gradually rolled out in 2016 with the launch of the Eurovision Open Smart Virtual IP Network and its online portal. This deal will enable both companies to complement their respective competitive strengths, and push for innovation and […]

Furious France Televisions suspends Newen work

TF1’s potential acquisition of production and sales group Newen has sparked a furious reaction from France Télévisions. The French pubcaster has suspended all of its development work with Newen after market-leading commercial broadcaster TF1 released a statement that revealed it could take a majority stake in the Paris-based indie firm. Newen makes shows such as France 3 soap opera Plus Belle la Vie and France 2 series Nina. A strongly-worded statement reacting to the negotiations claimed it […]