May 17th, 2013
Reposted from Broadband TV News / by Robert Briel
SBS Discovery is buying Sweden’s TV11 from the TV4 Group.
With the acquisition, SBS Discovery Media adds a third ‘free TV channel’ in addition to Channel 5 and Channel 9. The takeover is scheduled for June 1.
“We are now in a very dynamic period of strong growth and with a new owner – Discovery Communications from the US- who can, and dare to invest aggressively in the Swedish and Nordic TV market. The purchase of TV11 creates amazing opportunities for continued growth for us, and complement our channel portfolio,” said SBS Discovery Media Manager for Sweden Jonas Sjögren in a press release.
May 16th, 2013
Reposted from Ad Age / by John McDermott
Machinima — one of the largest channels on the world’s largest video platform, YouTube — is now available without a computer, by way of Xbox Live.
The video entertainment network is already available on iOS and Android apps, but the deal represents its first expansion to a big distribution network beyond YouTube itself. It’s also the first time that Xbox Live has simultaneously introduced an app in all of its 41 global markets.
May 14th, 2013
Reposted from The Wrap / by Ira Teinowitz
A second senator warned Tuesday that any effort by Fox or CBS to move content from broadcast channels to cable to prevent Aereo from profiting from retransmitting the signal of broadcast stations should result in government penalties.
During a subcommittee hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee into current issues in video, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), pointed out that broadcasters access valuable spectrum that they received for free from the government.
Warner cited an April 8 threat by News Corp president-COO Chase Carey to move Fox programming to cable if a legal fight to stop Aereo from retransmitting TV stations signal without paying retransmission fees.