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AMC eyes BBC America stake

The BBC is reportedly in talks to sell a near 50 per cent stake in its flagship BBC America channel to US television group AMC Networks. BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, is said to have already entered into negotiations with AMC, home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men and owner of The Sundance Channel. A tie-up would give AMC […]

Sony makes shock profit

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Sony Corp has reported an eight-fold increase in its quarterly profits, helped by the sales of Playstation 4 consoles, and the disposal of properties as well as the sale of Square Enix, a video games developer. Sony said that profit for the April-June period, and its Q1, rose to Yen 26.8 billion ($261 million) from 3.1 billion Yen a year […]

RTL acquires SpotXchange majority stake

Broadcast entertainment group RTL has made what it describes as an early entry into the rapidly growing market for programmatic online video advertising by acquiring a 65 per cent majority stake in Denver-based video advertising monetisation company SpotXchange. In addition to RTL Group’s initial €107 million investment, RTL and SpotXchange’s current shareholders have agreed on an earn-out component that might […]

TivùSat reports 2.2m active smart cards

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Five years after its launch, Italian DTH platform TivùSat has exceeded the figure of 2.2 million active smart cards. TivùSat launched on July 31st 2009 and, with a steady growth over the years, has now reached 2,201,708 active smartcards, equivalent to 1.83 million households, more than 7 per cent of Italian families. The regions with the highest penetration levels are […]

Competition watchdog suspends French rugby deal

In a further controversial move affecting the French pay-TV industry, following the decision by broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel to deny applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air, France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la concurrence, has suspended the agreement between the National Rugby League and Canal […]

Discovery Q2 up 10%

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Discovery Communications has published its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30th 2014. David Zaslav, Discovery’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The operating strength across Discovery’s organic businesses, along with increased contributions from strategic acquisitions, led to sustained financial momentum during the second quarter.  Our persistent focus on building a broad and deep content portfolio to leverage […]

Brazil continues pay-TV enthusiasm

At the end of June Brazil’s pay-TV universe had grown another 210,000 subscribers during the month and taking the nation’s total to within a whisker 19 million, (18.97 million, or 29.02 per cent of TV homes. Carlos Slim-backed America Movil group (Claro/Embratel/Net) continues to dominate the market, with a 53.28 per cent share and 10.10 million customers.  In second place […]

APAC DTH opportunity ‘stellar in medium term’

DTH satellite pay-TV customers in Asia are expected to grow from 56.3 million in 2013 to more than 110 million by 2018, a strong CAGR of 14 per cent, according to new projections from leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA). Longer-term, DTH’s share of the total pay-TV market will almost double to 24 per cent as the DTH customer […]

DirecTV Q2 up 5%

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DirecTV, the US satellite TV provider, has reported that Q2 2014 revenues increased 5 per cent to $8.11 billion (€6bn) , reported operating profit before depreciation and amortisation (OPBDA) increased 3 per cent to $2.15 billion, reported operating profit increased 5 per cent to $1.42 billion and reported diluted earnings per share increased 35 per cent to $1.59 compared to […]

TVplayer adds Aaj Tak

Aaj Tak, the number one Hindi News channel in India, is the latest channel to join the DESI pack on UK OTT platform TVPlayer. Launching Aaj Tak on TVPlayer will enhance its channel reach via multi-platform viewing opportunities across web, mobile and tablet, making the channel available to a wider audience of the Indian population residing in the UK. Aaj […]

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