Beta Film plans pay-TV channels

Producer and rights dealer Jan Mojto is planning to launch 4 pay-TV channels, two through joint venture Autentic, according to Mojto’s German company Beta Film which made the announcement at international television fair MIP TV in Cannes.

The new services will be a crime channel dubbed Code, a drama channel called Velvet, arts channel Andy and a history channel yet to be named. Andy and the history channel will be operated by the joint venture Autentic, which Mojto founded together with Patrick Hörl, former managing director of Discovery Networks Deutschland. Beta Film and Hörl each hold 50 per cent of the shares.

Distribution partners are currently being sought both in Germany and in international markets to carry the channels on digital pay-TV platforms via cable, satellite or ADSL. The content will be provided partly from Beta Film’s extensive rights catalogue, with a launch envisioned for later this year.

Mojto already operates Classica, a pay-TV channel for lovers of classical music. A subscription channel for classical music and opera fans in high definition is also planned.