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Sony mulls ‘The Interview’ distribution options

An attorney for Sony Pictures has suggested that the studio is still considering options for distributing controversial comedy The Interview following the decision to pull its theatrical release in the wake of a rumoured North Korean hacking attack. David Boies, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, said that Sony had “only delayed” any release. “Sony has been fighting to get […]

Hulu expands MGM deal

At the end of a week that saw it agree deals with ABC and Fox to bolster its content exclusivity, US online entertainment streaming service Hulu has revealed that as part of a broader deal with MGM, it has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights to breakout hit Fargo. In a blog post, Lisa Holme Director, Content Acquisition advised that […]

FOX/DirecTV deal boosts TV Everywhere

Fox Networks and DirecTV are giving US viewers even more ways to access their favourite shows starting this holiday season. DirecTV’s more than 20 million customers now have access to FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV apps, the networks’ TV Everywhere services. In addition, DirecTV will make the feeds of FX, FXX, FS1, FS2, National Geographic Channel and Nat […]

Telstra, Sky invest in Elemental

Elemental Technologies, a specialist in software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has secured $14.5 million in series D financing led by Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and information services company. Telstra is joined in the round by Sky, Europe’s largest entertainment company, and existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital. Elemental will use the funds to […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Internet entertainment streaming services such as FilmOn and Aereo could benefit from proposed changes to the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor. The Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asks for comment on how to modernise the definition to reflect that video services are no longer tied to a particular distribution technology. The Commission […]

MPAA’s Dodd: Sony attack ‘despicable, criminal act’

Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, has responded strongly to the FBI’s announcement that North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, describing it as confirmation of what was suspected to be the case: “that cyber terrorists, bent on wreaking havoc, have violated a major company to steal personal information, company secrets […]

Fox blacks out News and Business for DISH

21st Century Fox has blocked DISH customer access to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, with the satellite operator accusing the media conglomerate of introducing other channels into negotiations, despite those channels not being included in the contract up for renewal. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy […]

Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

4K TV set shipments up 700%

The worldwide television market is forecast to grow to 234 million units in 2014, representing a 3 per cent growth from 2013, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. However, 2014 is projected to see a 4 per cent fall in trade value to $97 billion, reflecting a decline in average retail prices from $652 to $608. “The anticipated […]

Spain approves 3 month extension to DSO

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The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry and market to delay until March 31st 2015 the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline. The government has made the decision to prevent between 2 and 4 million Spaniards from losing their TV signals from January 1st, the initial deadline to complete the digital migration, as by that […]

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