Al Jazeera

Pay TV outshines piracy in MENA

Piracy remains a major problem in the Middle East and North Africa, despite the many efforts to eradicate it. Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray showcases the latest data and forecasts relating to piracy and the wider pay TV market in the MENA region. According to the latest Digital TV Middle East & North […]

Turkey: imports and exports

Following this week’s Discop Istanbul event, TBI speaks to Turkey’s main distribution companies about how changes in the domestic market are impacting their business, how they are dealing with the challenge of selling into the Middle East and how Turkish drama is becoming hot property in Latin America. A country of 20 million TV homes, […]

WDR doping doc finds int’l homes

A German documentary about alleged wide-scale doping among Russian Olympic athletes has sold to seven broadcasters around the world. Top Secret Doping: How Russia Makes its Winners, an in-house doc for German regional pubcaster WDR, has gone to VRT in Belgium, Globo in Brazil, DR in Denmark, Kanal 2 in Estonia, Al Jazeera in the […]

Premier League auction hits record £5.1bn

Sky has retained the bulk of live Premier League football for upcoming seasons, but upped its spend as the latest UK TV rights auction hit a record £5.14 billion (US$7.89 billion). There had been talk of Discovery Communications weighing in on the bids for its Eurosport channel, but the outcome sees 21st Century Fox-backed satellite […]

UK Premier League rights auction could top £5bn

The cost of the current UK TV auction for live Premier League football from 2016/17 to 2018/19 could top £5 billion (US$7.6 billion) for the first time, according to new research. Ampere Analysis predicts that, based on past auctions, there will be a “competitive base rate inflation” of between 55% and 65% in cost per […]

Strikes threatened at Canal+

Unions representing employees of French pay TV operator Canal+ have threatened to take strike action on March 5 over layoffs and what they claim is an ongoing deterioration of working conditions, according to local reports. The CFDT, CFE-CGC and CGT unions are considering industrial action that could affect Canal+, free-to-air channels D8 and D17, call centres […]

Al Jazeera launches youth-skewed news

Al Jazeera has launched its new youth-focused news service AJ+ as a free app for iOS and Android mobile devices. AJ+’s content is designed to be easily sharable on social networks and includes bite-size videos, topical polls and quizzes and links to additional relevant stories. The service will also encourage users to engage and join […]

Gore sues Al Jazeera over Current TV sale

Former US vice-president Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera, claiming the Qatar-based broadcaster has withheld US$65 million owed to him and a partner over the sale of Current TV. Gore and fellow Current TV founder Joel Hyatt have accused Al Jazeera of fraud and breach of contract. The filing, in a Delaware court, alleges that […]

Telefónica takes Mediaset stake

Mediaset has agreed to sell an 11.11% stake in its Italian pay TV unit to Telefónica. This is part of a wider agreement that will also see the Italian media giant sell its 22% in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+ to the Spanish telecom leader. Telefónica has agreed to invest €100 million (US$136 million) in […]

Al Jazeera kids channel visits Mysterious Cities

Al Jazeera’s children’s channel Jeem and Israeli net Zoom have acquired the second season of animated series The Mysterious Cities of Gold. The show, which follows three young children in the 16th century who have adventures in the New World, will go out on the channels later this year. Zoom is part of the Imagine […]