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 […]

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, […]

Eve Myles to join Jenna Coleman in ITV regal epic Victoria – WalesOnline | Europe2Day.EU

Torchwood ‘s Gwen Cooper and Clara Oswald will be meeting on screen sooner than you’d think – but, sadly, not in the Doctor Who universe. Broadchurch star Eve Myles has joined the line-up of ITV’s brand new regal drama Victoria, which sees Jenna Coleman in the titular role. The Ystradgynlais actress will star as Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser, in the ambitious eight-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Coleman), from her accession to […]

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 […]

Ofcom: children now prefer YouTube to TV » Digital TV Europe

This year for the first time, children aged 12-15 who watch both television and YouTube clips stated a preference for YouTube, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ found that 29% of children in this age group who watch both types of content said they prefer YouTube, compared to 25% who opted for television – 45% said they liked them both the same, while the remainder said […]

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 […]