For the Record

Odyssey becomes Hallmark; Big Brother 2 moves deeper into the night; Discovery programming takes flight.
August 9, 2001

In the U.S., The Odyssey Channel, a joint holding of Hallmark Cards and Crown Media Holdings, has been relaunched as The Hallmark Channel.

In Poland, pay-TV operators Canal+ and UPC have begun merger talks, which could lead to that country having a single operator serving over 700,000 subscribers.

In Washington, filmmakers and public interest groups are challenging the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss the limitations that prevented cable operators from claiming more than 30% of the U.S. audience. The groups hope to take the matter to the Supreme Court. (Go get ‘em…)

U.K. cable operator NTL has passed the one million subscriber mark.

Nathan Myhrvold will be the keynote speaker at this year’s World Congress of Science Producers in Washington. Myhrvold is a leading computer scientist, technologist and business strategist, and among other positions, once held the office of senior VP of Microsoft’s advanced technology division.

CBS plans to shift Big Brother 2 into a later time slot to account for the series’ increased adult content.

Granada media has wrapped its acquisition of Border Television, bringing its count of ITV outlets to seven out of 15.

The Biography Channel, TechTV and MSNBC will launch onto Canadian digital in September.

As of September 1, British Airways long-haul flights will now feature over two hours of Discovery programming thanks to a new agreement between the two companies.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.