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Satellite news 01.06.05
Orange offers TV channels on mobile phones
Mobile phone operator Orange is launching nine TV channels, including news, sport and entertainment programmes, for viewing via mobile handsets. The service will be available to customers on Orange's 3G network using Nokia's 6680 handset. Customers can download the application for free and will then be charged £10 per month for about 20 hours of viewing time of ITN News, CNN, Comedy Time, Cartoon Network, Toon World, Fashion TV and Extreme Sports. Special channels have also been developed for reality shows Big Brother and Celebrity Love Island. Orange is already offering 23 TV channels over mobile phones in France.
Premier League targets online TV pirates
The Premier League is considering legal action against Internet providers who, it claims, are jeopardising its £1 billion TV rights deals by streaming live matches online from foreign countries broadcasting live football games. Under a UK ‘blackout’, designed to protect match attendances, Premier League football matches are not shown live in the UK on Saturday afternoons, however games are shown live in 195 foreign countries as part of a £320 million deal with foreign TV channels. The Premier League has called in technology company NetResult to hunt down and shut down the sites. It has already closed 50 sites so far and the League now intends to sue one of the sites for copyright breach as a test case.
FHM launches men's music TV channel on Sky
Men's magazine FHM has launched its own music TV channel, FHM Music TV and claimed that it offers the "sexiest singers, bikini-packed videos, urban and cult classics." The schedule includes programmes called Pump it Up, a daily workout session; Battle of the Butts, featuring the backsides of female celebs; and School of Rock, playing air-guitar anthems. Shirley Renwick, MD at Emap TV, said: "The decision to push FHM into a music channel just makes sense. The audience feedback on our FHM branded shows has been tremendous: they want more FHM, so that’s what we’re giving them." The channel is timesharing with existing music channel Q on Sky Digital channel 453, broadcasting between 4pm and 6am daily.
Sky One unveils new fashion reality TV series
Sky One intends to add reality programmes back into its schedule, having given the go-ahead for a version of the US programme Project Runway to be made for it. The UK show will be called Project Catwalk and will give viewers an insight into what it takes to get into the fashion industry. It will be broadcast early in 2006 and will include a panel of industry figures, including a top fashion designer, serving as judges and industry mentors to a group of 12 wannabe designers. Contestants will face elimination each week based on challenges set for them, with the three finalists showcasing full lines on the catwalk during London Fashion Week in February 2006.
GMTV's Eamonn Holmes joins Sky News
Former GMTV anchorman Eamonn Holmes is joining Sky News to host its breakfast show Sunrise in a deal reported to be worth £2million. A revamped Sunrise will broadcast 6am-9am on weekdays from Sky News' new studios in Osterley and presenting alongside Holmes will be Lorna Dunkley. "Moving to Sunrise gives me the opportunity to continue saying 'good morning' to the nation, whilst bringing them the events that set the news agenda," said Holmes. "I have always admired Sky News as an outstanding news organisation, and am very pleased to be joining it." Holmes quit his £450,000 a year job at GMTV in January blaming early morning starts and wanting to spend more time with his family as his main reason for leaving.
Pay-per-view sports channel on the move
Three pay-per-view sports channels have changed positions in the Sky Digital line-up. PremPlus is now on channel 437, Setanta PPV1 is on 438, and Setanta PPV2 is on 439. The moves free up some capacity for several new channels to launch soon.
High def version of UEFA final for first time
German satellite channel ProSiebenSat.1 will broadcast a live transmission of a major sports event in high definition format. The UEFA Champions League final between FC Liverpool and AC Milan on May 25, 2005 will be transmitted live from the Atatürk Olympia Stadium in Istanbul in high-resolution HDTV. It will be available at 19.2° East at 11.4355GHz vertical.
Channel Four profits rise 34 per cent
Record income from advertising helped Channel Four's profits rise last year to £46m, up 34 per cent from £34.3m, according to official figures out this week. It was helped by a four-fold rise in operating profits from commercial arm 4 Ventures to reach £12.1m. Chief executive Andy Duncan said the profits were being re-invested in the core C4 terrestrial channel, along with digital channels E4 and soon-to-be launched More4.
This week's digital TV news in brief...
A new digital TV channel dedicated to football called Setanta Soccer has launched on Sky channel 434... Living TV has bought the rights to its latest US series, NBC's ratings winner Showbiz Moms & Dads, a seven-part series... Sky could be planning to axe up to 1,000 jobs, or 10 per cent of its workforce, as part of an efficiency drive, according to press reports... Inmarsat has played down reports it is preparing for an imminent flotation but left open the possibility of a stock market listing later this year after it launches a new satellite... National Geographic's Digital Media group has signed with an American-Croatian-owned company called Mobitel to deliver content to mobile phone users in eastern Europe
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geez, and just how much will the phone unit cost, and the subscription cost? 3G has barely taken off, with not enough subscriber base (that's why they implemented only 2.5G) let's wait and see, maybe after 5 or more years, this techno will be mainstream.
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