Sky Deutschland has launched a new interactive and customisable landing page for its set-top boxes, designed to give an overview of the day and week’s best programmes across linear and on-demand TV.Sky Home launched this week on selected DTH Sky boxes and is due to roll out more widely in the coming weeks.The interface will appear when a viewer switches on their Sky box and they will be able to use the screen to bookmark, recorded or directly watch shows across live TV and on the Sky Anytime and Sky Select on-demand services.Sky Deutschland said that through its editorial recommendations and a user’s customisable ‘My Favourite Channels’ list, viewers will be able to “find what’s most relevant and appealing to them with even greater ease.”“Sky Home is the perfect tool to enhance our customers’ entertainment experience, by combining easy one-button access to the best programs with the editorial recommendations from the Sky team, all directly through the Sky boxes,” said Sky Deutschland CEO, Brian Sullivan.At the same time, Sky Deutschland has also added a ‘personalised watchlist’ function to its Sky Anytime service on Sky+ boxes.
Bruce TuchmanAMC/Sundance Channel Global has bought the German pay TV channel Kinowelt.The basic-tier movie channel is distributed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is programmed with classic and contemporary feature films.Financial terms for the purchase, which requires regulatory approval, were not disclosed. AMC has acquired the channel from its existing management.Achim Apell will continue to be KinoweltTV’s managing director and the channel’s existing management team will remain in place.Apell said: “ We are convinced that our audience as well as our distribution partners will benefit from the effects caused by this acquisition and that after ten successful years of broadcast we’ve chosen the best possible international partner to take our business to the next level. ”AMC has been increasing its channel footprint, notably with the US$1 billion acquisition of Chellomedia last year.Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and MGM Channel Global, said: “The acquisition of KinoweltTV is an important moment for AMC/Sundance Channel Global as it increases its international footprint and provides widespread distribution across all major platforms throughout German speaking Europe.”He added: “KinoweltTV’s high quality critically acclaimed films complement Sundance Channel’s distinctive programming and we expect this acquisition will fit perfectly into our portfolio.”AMC/Sundance Channel Global is the international arm of US-listed AMC Networks and includes the Sundance Channel and We TV channel brands.
Kate MarshSony Pictures Television has closed its deal for the CSC channels group and handed Kate Marsh an expanded role running its pay TV channels in Western Europe.As executive VP, networks, Western Europe, Marsh will oversee all of Sony’s channels in the region including those it recently acquired as part of a deal for CSC Media Group.That deal has now has the necessary regulatory rubber stamp and is closed, giving SPT 16 more channels to add to its existing bouquet, which includes the AXN, Animax, Sony Movie Channel, Movies4Men and More>Movies brands.CSC’s kids services are Pop, Tiny Pop, Pop Girl and Kix, moving Sony into the kids TV space in the UK. Film and general entertainment channels include True Movies, True Entertainment and True Drama. Its music channels include Scuzz, Flava and Chart Show TV.Marsh will report to Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks. He said: “Kate has done a stellar job managing our networks and growing the business across Western Europe. She is a key member of my management team and under her guidance, our business will continue to grow and prosper.”Marsh has been with Sony since 2008 before which she worked for GroupM where she was director, entertainment, EMEA. She has also worked at BSkyB and the BBC.
UK-headquartered Ginx Esports TV has launched on Swisscom in Switzerland, offering coverage of eSports tournaments, news, lifestyle programmes and documentaries.“We’re very excited to bring Ginx Esports TV to Switzerland for the first time,” said Iza Piotrowska, director of affiliate sales for Ginx TV. “We look forward to be working with Swisscom to establish Ginx Esports TV as the eSports destination in the market.”Swisscom’s head of offers and marketing, Michel Siegenthaler, said: “We’re delighted to have Ginx Esports TV on board as an eSport channel that provides regular, up-to-date reporting on the most important sports news as well as interesting insights behind the scenes of the gaming world.”Ginx Esports TV is available in more than 40 countries including the UK, France, Italy, South Africa and Canada via a partnership with Super Channel.The news comes after Ginx Esports TV said last week that it is due to pull its channel from the Virgin Media platform in the UK over a row about picture quality and contract terms.