Canadian regulatory body the CRTC, approved nine new non-Canadian services for domestic broadcast, including generalist German TV, general/doc channel Canal SUR, Spanish non-fiction outlet Grandes Documentales de TVE and controversial Arabic newsnet Al-Jazeera. Italian net RAI was denied access, as the body felt it conflicted with existing services.
In the U.S, CBS is selling access to its four video streams from the Big Brother house, thanks to help from streaming innovator RealNetworks. It’s US$10 a month, or $25 for all three.
The Discovery Lifestyle Networks will soon hit India. Discovery Travel & Adventure, Discovery H&L and Discovery Health will be revamped to serve as the core of the new lifestyle portfolio. The new nets will hit other markets early 2005.
The U.S. Senate recently voted to increase broadcaster fines for indecency from US$27,500 to $275,000, but repealed the controversial FCC ownership rules passed last year that eased restrictions on multiple outlet ownership.
On the same day the Senate passed the above-mentioned Defense of Decency Act, Vice President Dick Cheney made a suggestion to Senator Patrick Leahy during a public photo op: ‘Fuck yourself,’ noted the second-most powerful man in America.
Devillier Donegan Enterprises and Buena Vista International Television have extended their partnership. bvit will now handle international pre-sales and international copros for all upcoming DDE projects. This follows the announcement of an exclusive agreement between the two companies for the TV distribution of all DDE programming.
The Discovery Channel floated a 30-foot high, branded shark fin past N.J. and Hamptons beaches in July to promote its 17th consecutive ‘Shark Week’. Next it was down the East River where some passersby were heard to say: foggedaboutit.
The Financial Times notes that Sony’s online music service, Connect, will allow users to download film and tv shows from that platform within the year.
Fox has announced plans to launch a new reality channel called the Fox Reality Channel in first quarter of 2005.