The Polish national commercial broadcaster Polsat has applied for a new channel licence to the country’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). Read the story »
Sky has been talking to Telefónica about a possible tie-up with the O2 mobile business, it has emerged. Read the story »
Netflix now expects to complete its global expansion over the next two years, while staying profitable. It then intends to generate material global profits from 2017 onwards. Read the story »
VIMN has expanded its MTV youth and music portfolio in Israel after its existing 24-hour Hebrew-language service split into two separate youth-oriented TV channels: MTV and MTV Music. Read the story »
Russia’s leading pay-TV operator Tricolor TV is making a major change to its programme offer, effective January 26. Read the story »
Starting January 26, the Europe by Satellite (EbS and EbS+) channels will be broadcast in HD. Read the story »
All five companies that submitted bids for the DTT auction currently being held in Romania have qualified for the next stage of the contest. Read the story »
Ciner Media Group has told the Turkish Savings Deposit Fund (TMSF) that it must reimburse $300 million before it can buy back the Show TV. Read the story »
Tonight President Barack Obama's State of the Union address gives us a great chance to compare the quality in feeds of different networks (oh, and the political stuff), but we're really waiting for the premiere episode of the final season of Justified. We missed the return of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Workaholics and Broad City last week, but those -- along with the new show Man Seeking Woman -- are probably worth catching up on. Netflix is about to add season two of the excellent show The Fall to its streaming queue and of course The Interview on Saturday. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).
In the midst of Netflix's Q4 financial report (if you're wondering - it added the expected amount of subscribers this time, unlike Q3) it revealed a few things viewers will actually be interested in. First of all, it's going to have The Interview available for streaming to US and Canadian subscribers starting Saturday. That puts the Sony Pictures flick on streaming just about a month after its unconventional Christmas Day theater / video on demand launch that netted $40 million online, and ahead of its Blu-ray release February 17th.
Also, its first movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny is scheduled to debut everywhere on August 26th, hitting "select" IMAX screens at the same time it premieres on Netflix. That's part of an original content push that will bring 320 hours of original series, films, documentaries and stand-up comedy to the service this year -- triple the amount it had in 2014 (bookmark the list of premiere dates posted here). As usual, Netflix is broadcasting its earnings call live on YouTube, and you can watch it after the break.
When Powers failed to materialize on Sony's PlayStation Network back in December, you were probably distracted by the company's other, more high-profile catastrophes. Now that some of the dust has settled, however, series creator Brian Michael Bendis has taken to the PlayStation Blog to tell the world that the supernatural cop show will debut on March 10th. The first three episodes will all land on that day, with the remaining seven episodes that comprise the first season launching on subsequent Tuesdays.
In what has become a tradition since 2012, the Super Bowl will be streamed online again this year. The kind gesture, which is free of charge to anyone in the US, comes courtesy of NBC -- the network that started the trend of livestreaming The Big Game. For Super Bowl XLIX, set to take place on February 1st in Arizona, NBC plans to have an 11-hour block of video coverage over the internet, including pre-game analysis, the popular halftime show and an all-new episode of the prime-time series The Blacklist. As Variety points out, the Peacock channel intends to heavily promote its TV Everywhere efforts during the stream, hoping to drive demand for services like the NBC Sports Live Extra app -- one that typically requires a pay-TV login.
Virgin Media has agreed an exclusive partnership with the Telegraph Media Group to promote its sports tier. Read the story »
The BBC and PBS have signed a new multi-title co-production deal that will lead to the creation of eight to ten new programming specials, representing some 20 hours a year. Read the story »
The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK has entered into a partnership with ten mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation UFC. Read the story »