Deutsche Telekom is to take Sky Deutschland’s German football service and will close its Liga Total! service, according to local press reports.Sky Deutschland acquired all pay TV rights to top-tier German football, including IPTV and online as well as broadcast rights, meaning Deutsche Telekom had to either acquire a sub-licence to continue its own production of football coverage or take Sky’s service. Having failed to strike a deal to sub-licence the IP rights, it will now take Sky’s service, according to the reports.
UK connected TV platform YouView has appointed TalkTalk Group chairman, Sir Charles Dunstone, as its interim chairman.The move follows the departure earlier this week of IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar, who stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at YouView.Dunstone co-founded The Carphone Warehouse in 1989, launched TalkTalk in 2003, and has been involved with YouView since TalkTalk became a shareholder in the service 2009. YouView’s other backers are BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT and television infrastructure firm Arqiva.YouView said it will now begin a search for a permanent non-exec chairman.
Russian pay TV operator a raft of new channels to its offering.Tricolor TV has added kids channel O! to its offering. The new service is aimed primarily at a pre-school audience and will be included in Tricolor’s Yediniy package. From March, the service will be available as part of the operator’s Kids package.The operator has also added another kids service, Multik HD (Cartoon HD) to its line-up. The channel is aimed at two-to-six year-olds and includes shows such as Masha i medved’, Smeshariki, Belka i Strelka, Novatory, Letayushchiye zveri and Puzyri. Like O!, the channel will be part of the Yediniy package. Also new to the Yediniy package is entertainment channel TR!CK, which focuses on tricks of the trade in making TV shows and movies.Yediniy is available via the Express-AMU1 and Eutelsat 36B satelites as well as via Express-AT1 for Siberia.