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Football rights go through the roof, againFebruary 20, 2015The latest auction for rights to the Premier League, which saw a 70% increase in the value of live rights from 2016/17, underlines the continuing importance of premium sports in driving pay TV. If there were any doubts about whether Sky could maintain its leadership of the UK pay TV market without exclusive rights to the league, they were removed by Sky’s willingness to hike its contribution to the new deal by 85% to prevent rival BT from increasing its share. The question now is how Sky will fund the new deal, and how BT’s pay TV strategy will be affected. The report also compares the UK to five other European markets to identify where live league football sits among the offerings of the leading pay TV platforms.Subscribers Only
Fox and Apollo agree Endemol Shine joint ventureOctober 14, 2014US major 21st Century Fox and private equity firm Apollo Management have reached agreement to combine their production companies to create a `leading global multi-platform content provider`. Fox subsidiary Shine Group and Apollo-owned Endemol and Core Media will continue to operate as separate companies on completion of the deal, which is expected by the end of the calendar year. No financial terms were disclosed and the deal is subject to regulatory clearances.Subscribers Only
French regulator blocks switch to free TV for pay channelsJuly 30, 2014The CSA, France's communications regulator, has rejected applications from three digital terrestrial (DTT) channels to go free-to-air. The three channels, operated by the country's largest broadcasters, are TF1's news channel LCI, the M6 Group's Paris Premiere, and Planete+, a documentary channel owned by Canal Plus.
Canal Plus and BeInSports split French football rights from 2016April 04, 2014The LFP has secured a 23% increase in the value of the 2016-2020 rights contract to the French football league championship, with Canal Plus and BeInSports sharing the key live packages.
M6 to exit French pay TV by making Paris Premiere free-to-airFebruary 19, 2014M6 has applied to French regulator the CSA for permission to convert its pay TV channel Paris Premiere to free-to-air from the start of 2015.Subscribers Only
Spanish public broadcaster forced off the airDecember 02, 2013Ràdio Televisió Valenciana (RTVV), public broadcaster in the Spanish region of Valencia, was forced to shut down on Friday (29 November) by the regional government.The move by the government...
Discovery enters the sports arena with Eurosport dealFebruary 28, 2013 Subscribers Only
International business boosts Discovery growthFebruary 15, 2013US cable programmer Discovery Communications International reported revenues of $4.5bn in 2012, up eight per cent on the year before, driven by double-digit increases in distribution revenues for its domestic...
France's flagship public service channel cuts budgetDecember 05, 2012France 2, the flagship public service channel, is to cut €30m from its programming budget next year in response to expected cutbacks in public funding and a downturn in advertising.Yesterday's...
Discovery in talks over TF1 joint venturesNovember 14, 2012France's TF1 Group and US cable programmer Discovery Communications have entered into exclusive negotiations over a 'strategic alliance... across their numerous complementary business activities'.A joint...
Europe's leading broadcasters hit by deteriorating ad marketNovember 14, 2012Europe's leading free-to-air broadcasters have painted a gloomy picture for the TV advertising market in reporting the first nine months of the year. While pan-European broadcaster RTL Group, the UK's ITV and...
YouTube brings original channels to EuropeOctober 08, 2012YouTube has unveiled the extension of its original channels initiative. Following up on last October's US launch of original channels, the Google-owned video sharing website is supporting the launch of 46 new channels in France, Germany and the UK.
Nordic pay TV players renew key movie dealsSeptember 26, 2012MTG and C More Group, competing pay TV operators in the Nordic region, have announced a string of movie rights deal renewals as they prepare to face the imminent launch of Netflix and HBO Nordic. MTG, which...
CSA greenlights Canal Plus takeover of free-to-air channelsSeptember 19, 2012French pay TV group Canal Plus will move further into free to air TV this month having received clearance for its takeover of two digital terrestrial channels from broadcasting regulator the CSA. The decision...
Canal Plus fights competition body ruling on pay TVJuly 22, 2012The French competition authority has cleared the Canal Plus Group's expansion into free-to-air TV, subject to restrictions on its acquisition of film and sports rights. The pay TV group agreed to acquire the...
Al Jazeera launches BeInSport in FranceMay 31, 2012Al Jazeera's move into the international market takes a leap forward today with the launch of BeInSport 1, the first of its two premium sport channels, in France. A second channel, BeInSport 2, will launch in...
European programme expenditure 2011May 16, 2012 Subscribers Only
Is the party over for European football rights?February 27, 2012 Subscribers Only
French football league calls time on CfootFebruary 13, 2012The French football league has decided to shut down Cfoot, its pay TV digital terrestrial (DTT) channel, at the end of the season. In a statement, the LFP said its board made the decision due to the poor...
Endemol optimistic over debt dealJanuary 20, 2012Endemol Group, one of the leading producers of TV entertainment programming, said it has reached 'an important milestone' in negotiations to restructure its €2bn debt.According to a statement by the...