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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.