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KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids progra

first_imgKidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013.The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed.The partnership, which was first announced last month, will see new content including original programming and recently acquired titles air in the co-branded block.These include a first-run exclusive of KidsCo’s original production Zuzu & the Supernuffs (Matchbox Pictures). KidsCo has also acquired the rights to Corus-owned Nelvana Enterprises’ Di-Gata Defenders and Z-Squad for Syfy Kids.The content will launch on KidsCo in territories including Russia, Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Romania.“Launching first in Central and Eastern Europe, we will be rolling out the fully dubbed programming block across KidsCo territories throughout 2013. We are now in the process of looking at third-party content to complement the line up later in the year,” said KidsCo managing director Hendrik McDermott.last_img read more

Hans Vestberg Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg told shar

first_imgHans VestbergEricsson CEO Hans Vestberg told shareholders that he intended to deliver strong earnings and value by driving transformation within the company, at the firm’s annual general meeting on Friday. Outlining strategic priorities, around the idea of the ‘networked society,’ Vestberg said: “Industries and companies are using broadband on an industrial scale to improve processes. People are using connected devices, to help them be healthier and stay closer to loved ones. It is our job to build the foundation to make all that possible.”Ericsson said that the “new industry paradigm” requires the firm to “continuously transform to stay relevant.” Vestberg also highlighted that the company’s sales split across hardware, services, and software has already “changed dramatically” between 1999 and 2013.In 1999, the firm said sales were 73% from hardware and 27% software and services. Currently, this split is 34% hardware, 43% services and 23% software.“We are committed to our strategic framework to excel in our core business, establish leadership in targeted areas, and expand business in new areas in order to deliver the best value to our employees, our customers, and our shareholders,” said Vestberg.He added that 2013 was a “strong year” for the firm, and that it grew 5% – better than its addressable market. “We improved our operating margin and generated a solid operating cash flow, which gives Ericsson a strong balance sheet to capture the opportunities that lie ahead.”last_img read more

Deutsche Telekomowned Croatian telco THrvatski T

first_imgDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has added local on-demand player Pickbox.tv’s subscription video-on-demand service to its MAXtv line-up. T-Hrvatski Telekom will offer its users access to Pickbox.tv and its content, comprising more than 70 TV series and 300 movies, through the MAXtv platform. Users will be able to subscribe to the SVoD service through the IPTV platform and watch unlimited content on their TV sets for a monthly subscription fee.Pickbox.tv launched in May in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, and is available across a number platforms, through iOS and Android devices, and via the web. The platform offers a catalogue of about 3,000 hours in content, subtitled in four languages, with deals in place with content providers including ABC Studios, BBC, CBS, Disney, ITV, MGM and Sony.“This is a really exciting development for Pickbox and we are very happy to enter into a business collaboration with the biggest regional telecom – Hrvatski telekom. Pickbox SVOD as a part of the HT’s IPTV platform MaxTV will bring new flexibility of watching TV series and movies. Pickbox users and MAXtv subscribers will have access to TV content when they want on a variety of devices,” said Sanja Božić Ljubičić, CEO of Pickbox.“We believe that this collaboration will provide another convenient way to watch shows and movies people love throughout Croatia.”last_img read more

David Zaslav Discovery Communications boss David Z

first_imgDavid ZaslavDiscovery Communications boss David Zaslav has pledged the channel operator will hit three billion subscribers by the end of the year.The Discovery president and CEO was speaking at the company’s first-ever investor day, and told the assembled analysts and shareholders that the company will deliver solid earnings growth in its US domestic market and internationally.“Discovery Communications is like no other media company in the world, with an average of 10 channels across more than 220 markets and we are well positioned for near- and long-term growth,” Zaslav said.“We are confident in the long-term outlook for our business and foresee continued growth in the years ahead, which we expect will produce significant free cash flow and value for shareholders.”The bullish forecasts and commitments to investors come after a period in which Discovery’s share price has fallen – from US$37.80 a year ago to US$26.40 at the end of trading yesterday. The share price was down again yesterday in the wake of the investor meeting, though Zaslav for the first time offered investors three-year guidance.International boss J.B. Perrette said that Discovery Networks International will deliver meaningful pay TV subs growth and increased multichannel advertising revenues.Discovery has diversified from pay TV into free-to-air and now OTT, with its DPlay service, which TBI was the first to report on earlier this year.Speaking to investors yesterday, Bruce Campbell, Discovery’s chief development, distribution and legal officer, gave an overview of Discovery’s digital activities and also announced the upcoming launch of Discovery Kids Play, a new TV Everywhere offering for the popular Discovery Kids channel in Latin America.Eurosport chief Peter Hutton, meanwhile, addressed the acquisition of exclusive TV and multi-platform rights to the Olympics, a US$1.45 billion deal agreed earlier this year.He said the Games will be profitable for Discovery, with fees from sub-licensing the rights in hand covering 70% of the cost of acquiring them and broadcasting the events.Discovery’s guidance to investors was for a year-on-year revenue increase of 9-10% in the 2015 financial year. Earnings will be up mid-single digits, the company said. Looking further ahead, it said there will be low double-digit annual earnings growth.last_img read more