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    Playboy TV launches new SMS payments

    Playboy TV has launched a new payment service for its viewers to buy access to its channel via their mobile phone. The UK arm of Playboy TV International, which incudes the Playboy TV channel, Spice Extreme and the Adult Channel, claims to be the first broadcaster to let customers pay via premium rate text messages. By texting the word 'go' to a short code, Sky viewers can access six channels, paid for by receiving the equivalent of 20 premium rate text messages at £1.50 each per month.

    BBC News 24 staff join strike action this week

    Staff working for BBC News 24 are expected to take industrial action this week in response to the Corporation's impending job cuts. Members of the National Union of Journalists will comply with a strict "work-to-rule" policy from Monday as part of a protest against the 4,000 job losses, which were announced by Director-General Mark Thompson in March. The policy will essentially see the staff "withdrawing goodwill" by refusing to work beyond contracted hours and taking full breaks, even if a major news event occurs. The BBC said that it remained "confident" that the channel's output would not be affected by the action.

    MTV signs promotion deal with Channel Five

    MTV has agreed a two-year deal Channel Five for terrestrial TV rights to the MTV Europe Music Awards and additional rights to the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Movie Awards. Five will produce UK-targeted on-air promotions, pre-show programmes and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage for their MTV Europe Music Awards broadcast which is set to take place on November 3 in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Sky One buys rights to big budget war drama

    Sky One has bought the rghts to a hard-hitting Steven Bochco drama called Over There from Twentieth Century Fox. The drama series looks at army life in war-torn Iraq and will debut on Sky One this autumn. It will start in July on the FX Network in the US. The series was sold on the basis of a pilot script written by series co-creator Chris Gerolmo. "I'm grateful to Sky One for their faith in Over There and grateful as well for the support I've received in the UK for my earlier shows," Bochco said in a statement. "I'm hopeful Over There won't fall short of expectations." Bochco's other well known shows include Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Murder One.

    New kids channel for 12-17 year-olds to start

    Jetix, previously called Fox Kids, is planning to launch a new childrens channel in the UK. Named GXT, it will be aimed at 12 to 17-year-old boys and will go live in Italy on May 1, with a UK launch expected later in the year. GXT's schedule includes extreme sports, wrestling, music, reality shows and Japanese cartoons. "Once we've seen how successful it is in Italy then we will make a decision as to whether or not to bring it to the UK. We would also have to look at the economics over here," said Paul Taylor, Jetix Europe CEO.

    Teletext launches new car dealership service

    Teletext is launching a free service for car dealers to advertise their wares across its four digital media platforms, via TV remote control and the Web. Through telco company THUS, it will provide more than 1,000 car dealers with separate 0845 numbers to correspond with each Teletext platform, allowing Teletext to monitor call volumes and advise dealers on the most successful sales channels.

    Two more slots on Freeview to become free

    Freeview co-owner Crown Castle is this week reported to be preparing another two TV channel slots on the digital terrestrial platform for auction. It comes after the award of one slot to ITV and a widely expected deal with Channel 4 for a second slot. A Crown Castle spokesman told The Guardian: "While the effect of the new ITV and Channel 4 services on the existing Freeview channels remains to be seen, Crown Castle has indicated it can squeeze additional capacity on." Competition was fierce for the recent channel contests with Five, Turner and Disney reportedly bidding for the slot that went to ITV for an annual fee said to be over £5m.

    New names for Discovery's digital channels

    Discovery Home & Leisure and Discovery Health are to be revamped next month with a new name and look. On May 7, the lifestyle channel Discovery Health will be named Discovery Home & Health, while Discovery Real Time will be the new name for Discovery Home & Leisure.

    MGM's film channels 'set for rapid expansion'

    MGM's international movie channels business will retain independence under the MGM brand and is set for rapid expansion, according to MGM Networks executive vp Bruce Tuchman. Giving the first details of the division's future after the Sony-led acquisition of MGM was finalised, he dismissed media press reports that the division would be linked with channel businesses operated by Sony companies. "We will operate independently under the MGM banner and continue to build the business," he said. "The difference (since the closure of the deal) for us is that now we have some very strong financing partners standing behind us." Some UK media watchers believe the deal means MGM may even now be planning to launch its own film channel on Sky Digital.

    RTE channels launch on Sky in Northern Ireland

    Sky Digital viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to receive RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and TG4 in their channel line-up for the first time from Monday April 18th. RTÉ One will be on channel 267, RTÉ Two will be on 268, and TG4 will be on 269. Noel Curran, Managing Director of RTÉ Television, said: "We have always believed that RTÉ services should be available to as wide an audience as possible on all platforms and today is another step towards achieving that goal. We are now, along with TG4, the first broadcasters to be available on Sky digital on an all-island basis."

    FX 289 gets new name and new logo

    Fox's UK entertainment TV channel FX289 is to be renamed this week when it becomes simply 'FX' - due to a switch of channel positions within the Sky electronic programme guide. The channel will move to Sky Digital channel 270 on Thursday April 21 when it will also be given a new onscreen logo.

    Sky One snaps up rights to golf celeb show

    Sky One has bought the rights to a new celebrity golf show, which will reportedly be broadcast over three days and include top Hollywood names such as Sylvester Stallone, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. Sky One enjoyed success with its celebrity football show The Match earlier this year and has jumped in to snap up the rights ahead of ITV, which was also considering a bid. The show will follow a Ryder Cup-style contest between two celebrity teams; one representing Europe, and the other the USA. The US team could comprise of Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L Jackson, Kyle MacLachlan, Kenny G and Haley Joel Osment, while Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Donald Trump and Andy Garcia may also join them. The European team will include Hugh Grant, Boris Becker, Sir Steve Redgrave, Ronan Keating, Chris Evans and, possibly, James Nesbitt, Ian Wright and Jodie Kidd.

    Sky launches first interactive TV credit card

    The UK's first interactive TV credit and loyalty card has been launched by Sky. The SkyCard works like any other credit card in shops and cash machines worldwide, but can also be inserted in the interactive slot on the Sky Digibox, letting customers manage their credit card via their TV, view the latest rewards available and redeem Sky Points.

    Digital TV news in brief...

    The TV Travelshop channels on Sky Digital channels 631-2 have been renamed iBuy TV 1 & 2... Sky Vegas Live is moving to Sky channel 272 this Thursday, April 21... SABTV on Sky Digital channel 829 is now called MATV National... Simply Home is now called Superstore TV on Sky Digital channel 640... The Labour Party's General Election manifesto has pledged that UK digital switchover will be achieved between 2008 and 2012... BBC News has won a Peabody Award for its recent television coverage of the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

    Nostalgic 80s TV shows making a come-back

    Many of the most-watched TV shows of the '70s and '80s are being revamped and brought back onscreen for a new generation of viewers across Europe. Slots are opening up for such gems as Dynasty, Magnum, P.I., The A-Team and Knight Rider. With so many digital channels launching, the shows of yesteryear are finding a place in TV schedules. "Gone are the days when any channel could bang out fillers; the market has gone through that stage, and now every part of the schedule is much more competitive," said David Clarke, channel controller of Bravo, which shows Knight Rider, Airwolf and The Fall Guy. "We did some focus groups with young male viewers and found that people have a real affinity with these shows because they already have a relationship with them. Viewers get more excited about nostalgic shows."

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    Sci Fi UK commissions new Star Trek show

    Sci Fi UK has commissioned its first original series in two years, celebrating the unsung heroes behind Star Wars movies. The series, called Star Wars: Unsung Heroes Edition, will tell the personal tales of 10 people involved in one of the most famous film franchises. The show has also been sold to the 13th Street TV channel in France and Spain, Studio Universal in Italy and Sci Fi in Germany. Patrick Vien, president of NBC Universal Global Networks, said: "The success of the Star Wars: Unsung Heroes Edition programming and its resulting European licensing deals reflects the uniqueness and quirkiness of the interviews, the universal appeal of the subject matter, and intelligent cross channel collaboration."

    New Scandinavian sports channel to launch

    Viasat is set to launch a new 24-hour sports channel in Scandinavia that will show live coverage plus daily acquired and self-produced programmes. Viasat Sport 24 will be available to subscribers of Viasat's satellite DTH Gold package in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Viasat said the channel will broadcast up to 3,000 hours of live sport a year. The new channel will also broadcast up to four events simultaneously, using several windows on one screen and will also carry on-screen tickers with the latest sports news, results, scores and betting odds. Viasat's sports rights include the Ice Hockey World Championship, the UEFA champions league, the European and US PGA golf tours and the FA Cup. Its other sports channels include premium channel Viasat Sport 1, soccer-targeted Viasat Sport 2 and Viasat Sport 3, which focuses on boxing, martial arts and motor sports.

    New film channels launch this week

    Sit-up TV's two new film channel will launch on Sky Digital this week. Matinee Movies will be on channel 336 and Bad Movies will be on channel 339. Matinee movies will broadcast classic movies between 9am - 9pm each day, while Bad Movies will be on air from 9pm to 9am and will be the world’s first movie channel dedicated to the very worst in film entertainment.

    BBC Three starts multi-screen TV schedule

    From Sunday (May 1), Sky Digital viewers will have greater choice over the way they watch BBC Three programmes. From 9pm, viewers will be prompted to press the red button to be offered the choice of three additional streams of programming complementary to BBC Three and categorised under Dramatic, Funny and Real. On a sample Sunday evening content available could range from Nighty Night and Bodies to Little Angels. Stuart Murphy, Controller of BBC Three, said: "The 'Best of Three' multi-screen trial is a bold and ground-breaking new application which offers viewers more control and greater access to the wide range of programmes on BBC Three. In the future we believe viewers will want to watch their favourite show when they want it and not wait until a scheduler decides to transmit it." Viewers will be encouraged to try out the service and the trial will last six months.

    Fashion TV returns to Sky Digital line-up

    Fashion TV has rejoined Sky Digital's line-up. The 24-hour channel that features the latest fashions and models from around the world accompanied by music can be found on channel 220. The channel is now part of the Sky Family Package and is no longer broadcast on a free-to-air basis. Sky Media has been appointed to handle all UK and Ireland advertising sales.

    Men & Motors teaser starts on Freeview

    A temporary teaser channel advertising the upcoming launch of ITV's Men & Motors channel on Freeview has appeared on channel number 38. The relaunched channel will contain entertainment based programmes and feature lifestyle shows that will appeal to young male viewers. The channel fully launches next Monday, May 2.

    Life TV launches new time-shifted channel

    Life TV has launched a new time-shifted channel on Sky Digital. Called Life TV +2, it broadcasts the programmes on Life TV two hours later. It is available 24 hours a day and can be found on Sky Digital number 161.

    Radio Times to launch new TV based service

    Eighty years after its launch in print, the BBC's TV listings magazine is poised to offer an electronic programme guide (EPG) in the UK. The Radio Times will provide listings content, previews and reviews to the subscription-free, seven-day EPG. Under the agreement the BBC Worldwide-owned Radio Times will sell all advertising on GUIDE Plus+ and will promote the service through its magazine and other media platforms.

    Sky One goes wild with new animal docs

    Sky One is to show a range of leading wildlife documentaries for the first time. It has bought a series from a New Zealand natural history production house about sharks, titled When the Shark Bites. Mixing shark footage with stories from survivors, it looks at the 'big three' in the shark world: the Bull, the Tiger and the Great White. The documentary will be aired on May 23 on Sky One. The station is also showing Last Chance to Save later this year, a 10-part series where celebrities will present the case for conserving various endangered species.

    Challenge to start new late night casino slot

    Flextech's games channel Challenge is launching a new late night casino entertainment programme slot called The Player, which includes a raft of new commissions and gambling movies. It comes amid an explosion in the number of interactive games services available to Sky Digital viewers. A dedicated poker channel launched earlier this year and several interactive gambling channels now exist.

    BBC launches viewers' short films channel

    The BBC is giving viewers an opportunity to broadcast their own short films via interactive TV. It is launching a new 24-hour red button service on Sky Digital called Your Stories which draws on content produced out of two other BBC projects, Video Nation and Digital Stories, designed to arm people with the necessary skills to make their own films. Rahul Chakkara, controller of BBCi, said: "The BBCi audience is maturing. They are looking for content that is social and highly involving, and available to them whenever they want. Your Stories is the beginning of our efforts to meet this need. We go beyond involvement through interaction and we involve our audiences by encouraging them to produce their own content."

    Reports suggest ex-BBC boss could bid for ITV

    ITV's shares on the London exchange have climbed in recent days as rumours in the press continued to ciculate that former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is planning to team up with private equity firm Apax to launch a takeover. City analysts suggested that a bid would have to come in at about £7 billion but would be difficult to justify, given concerns about advertising at the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster. Meanwhile, there is also speculation that former Five chief executive David Elstein's company Sparrowhawk could also be lining up a bid for the company.

    Digital TV news in brief

    Travel Channel 3 is expected to launch on Sky Digital this week... On Sky Digital, FX has moved from channel 289 to 270, while Sky Vegas Live has moved from 295 to 272... EuroNews has signed a carriage deal in Estonia, adding some 70,000 digital terrestrial homes to its list... Former BBC boss Greg Dyke has hit out at the corporation's plans to axe 3,780 jobs, claiming the move was unnecessary and has created a 'climate of fear'... Peter Salmon has resigned as the BBC's director of sport to become chief executive of independent production company the TV Corporation...

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    Sci Fi UK commissions new Star Trek show

    Sci Fi UK has commissioned its first original series in two years, celebrating the unsung heroes behind Star Wars movies. The series, called Star Wars: Unsung Heroes Edition, will tell the personal tales of 10 people involved in one of the most famous film franchises. The show has also been sold to the 13th Street TV channel in France and Spain, Studio Universal in Italy and Sci Fi in Germany. Patrick Vien, president of NBC Universal Global Networks, said: "The success of the Star Wars: Unsung Heroes Edition programming and its resulting European licensing deals reflects the uniqueness and quirkiness of the interviews, the universal appeal of the subject matter, and intelligent cross channel collaboration."

    New Scandinavian sports channel to launch

    Viasat is set to launch a new 24-hour sports channel in Scandinavia that will show live coverage plus daily acquired and self-produced programmes. Viasat Sport 24 will be available to subscribers of Viasat's satellite DTH Gold package in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Viasat said the channel will broadcast up to 3,000 hours of live sport a year. The new channel will also broadcast up to four events simultaneously, using several windows on one screen and will also carry on-screen tickers with the latest sports news, results, scores and betting odds. Viasat's sports rights include the Ice Hockey World Championship, the UEFA champions league, the European and US PGA golf tours and the FA Cup. Its other sports channels include premium channel Viasat Sport 1, soccer-targeted Viasat Sport 2 and Viasat Sport 3, which focuses on boxing, martial arts and motor sports.

    New film channels launch this week

    Sit-up TV's two new film channel will launch on Sky Digital this week. Matinee Movies will be on channel 336 and Bad Movies will be on channel 339. Matinee movies will broadcast classic movies between 9am - 9pm each day, while Bad Movies will be on air from 9pm to 9am and will be the world’s first movie channel dedicated to the very worst in film entertainment.

    BBC Three starts multi-screen TV schedule

    From Sunday (May 1), Sky Digital viewers will have greater choice over the way they watch BBC Three programmes. From 9pm, viewers will be prompted to press the red button to be offered the choice of three additional streams of programming complementary to BBC Three and categorised under Dramatic, Funny and Real. On a sample Sunday evening content available could range from Nighty Night and Bodies to Little Angels. Stuart Murphy, Controller of BBC Three, said: "The 'Best of Three' multi-screen trial is a bold and ground-breaking new application which offers viewers more control and greater access to the wide range of programmes on BBC Three. In the future we believe viewers will want to watch their favourite show when they want it and not wait until a scheduler decides to transmit it." Viewers will be encouraged to try out the service and the trial will last six months.

    Fashion TV returns to Sky Digital line-up

    Fashion TV has rejoined Sky Digital's line-up. The 24-hour channel that features the latest fashions and models from around the world accompanied by music can be found on channel 220. The channel is now part of the Sky Family Package and is no longer broadcast on a free-to-air basis. Sky Media has been appointed to handle all UK and Ireland advertising sales.

    Men & Motors teaser starts on Freeview

    A temporary teaser channel advertising the upcoming launch of ITV's Men & Motors channel on Freeview has appeared on channel number 38. The relaunched channel will contain entertainment based programmes and feature lifestyle shows that will appeal to young male viewers. The channel fully launches next Monday, May 2.

    Life TV launches new time-shifted channel

    Life TV has launched a new time-shifted channel on Sky Digital. Called Life TV +2, it broadcasts the programmes on Life TV two hours later. It is available 24 hours a day and can be found on Sky Digital number 161.

    Radio Times to launch new TV based service

    Eighty years after its launch in print, the BBC's TV listings magazine is poised to offer an electronic programme guide (EPG) in the UK. The Radio Times will provide listings content, previews and reviews to the subscription-free, seven-day EPG. Under the agreement the BBC Worldwide-owned Radio Times will sell all advertising on GUIDE Plus+ and will promote the service through its magazine and other media platforms.

    Sky One goes wild with new animal docs

    Sky One is to show a range of leading wildlife documentaries for the first time. It has bought a series from a New Zealand natural history production house about sharks, titled When the Shark Bites. Mixing shark footage with stories from survivors, it looks at the 'big three' in the shark world: the Bull, the Tiger and the Great White. The documentary will be aired on May 23 on Sky One. The station is also showing Last Chance to Save later this year, a 10-part series where celebrities will present the case for conserving various endangered species.

    Challenge to start new late night casino slot

    Flextech's games channel Challenge is launching a new late night casino entertainment programme slot called The Player, which includes a raft of new commissions and gambling movies. It comes amid an explosion in the number of interactive games services available to Sky Digital viewers. A dedicated poker channel launched earlier this year and several interactive gambling channels now exist.

    BBC launches viewers' short films channel

    The BBC is giving viewers an opportunity to broadcast their own short films via interactive TV. It is launching a new 24-hour red button service on Sky Digital called Your Stories which draws on content produced out of two other BBC projects, Video Nation and Digital Stories, designed to arm people with the necessary skills to make their own films. Rahul Chakkara, controller of BBCi, said: "The BBCi audience is maturing. They are looking for content that is social and highly involving, and available to them whenever they want. Your Stories is the beginning of our efforts to meet this need. We go beyond involvement through interaction and we involve our audiences by encouraging them to produce their own content."

    Reports suggest ex-BBC boss could bid for ITV

    ITV's shares on the London exchange have climbed in recent days as rumours in the press continued to ciculate that former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is planning to team up with private equity firm Apax to launch a takeover. City analysts suggested that a bid would have to come in at about £7 billion but would be difficult to justify, given concerns about advertising at the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster. Meanwhile, there is also speculation that former Five chief executive David Elstein's company Sparrowhawk could also be lining up a bid for the company.

    Digital TV news in brief

    Travel Channel 3 is expected to launch on Sky Digital this week... On Sky Digital, FX has moved from channel 289 to 270, while Sky Vegas Live has moved from 295 to 272... EuroNews has signed a carriage deal in Estonia, adding some 70,000 digital terrestrial homes to its list... Former BBC boss Greg Dyke has hit out at the corporation's plans to axe 3,780 jobs, claiming the move was unnecessary and has created a 'climate of fear'... Peter Salmon has resigned as the BBC's director of sport to become chief executive of independent production company the TV Corporation...

    Regards Satdude.

 

 

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