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Virgin moves into original kids commissioning

Children’s Media Conference: UK pay TV platform Virgin Media is planning to commission kids television content for its on-demand service for the first time. Virgin Media kids and music editor Sarah Aspinall told delegates the move came after a recognition “of the value of children’s content”. In a panel session hosted by TBI, Aspinall said […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

Adam Crozier leaving ITV

ITV boss Adam Crozier is leaving after seven years, with Sir Peter Bazalgette, the UK broadcaster’s chairman, becoming interim executive chairman and finance chief Ian Griffiths becoming COO and finance director until a replacement is found. The ITV boss leaves at end-June. Bazalgette said this morning: “Adam has been talking to me and the board […]

Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

IHS: content arms race is ‘squeezing margins’

The content ‘arms race’ is squeezing margins for everyone across the cable industry and operators should invest now to offer ‘smart pipes’, according to IHS’s former chief analyst and vice president, Ben Keen. Presenting IHS figures at here at the Cable Congress conference in Belgium yesterday, Keen, who has recently left the research firm, said […]

Liberty Global ‘evaluating’ Amazon partnership

Liberty Global is “evaluating” whether to offer Amazon’s video service, after striking a global deal last year to distribute Netflix through its set-top boxes, according to Eric Tveter. Speaking at Cable Congress here in Brussels yesterday, the CEO of Liberty’s central Europe group described the Netflix deal as “good partnership” and dismissed fears that such […]

Asian Netflix rival raises $90m

Asian SVOD service iflix has raised US$90 million to use on international expansion. Cable giant Liberty Global, pay TV firm Sky, Middle Eastern mobile operator Zain, and LA-based Evolution Media were among the investors. Sky and Evolution have previously put funds towards the Malaysia-based service, which has been expanding in the Asia region as rivals […]

Liberty boosts subs as Netflix roll out continues

All3Media co-owner Liberty Global added 313,000 next-generation TV customers in Q4 and said it plans to expand the deployment of its new 4K cloud-based set-top box, as it rolls out Netflix apps to its global footprint. Announcing its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results, Liberty said that overall it added 1.2 million subscribers last year […]

Vodafone pushes back UK TV service

Vodafone has put its plans to launch a TV service in the UK on hold, according to a report in The Telegraph newspaper. The paper cited Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao as saying that the service was ready to launch within weeks if the company felt it was necessary, but said that Vodafone now had other priorities. […]

All3Media buys into drama producer

All3Media is funding a London-based start-up drama prodco. Two Halves Pictures was co-founded in April by Gina Cronk and Richard Bedser, who have produced dramas for both the UK and America. All3Media declined to state whether it had a majority or minority stake in the company. Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive officer, said: “I’m delighted […]