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Spain approves new TV rights model


A meeting of Spain’s cabinet has approved a Royal Decree mandating collective bargaining for TV rights from the 2016-2017 season, similar to the English Premier League’s model. The new negotiating system will instill a fair balance between the largest and smallest football teams, with more money for all of them and with broadcasters paying higher rates. So far, La Liga – […]

More than half Brits ‘TV addicts’

Findings from UK DTT platform Freeview, commissioned to find out more about people’s relationship with TV, reveal that Britain is having a love affair with TV, though viewers stick within their comfort zone when it comes to picking what to watch. The report, National Obsession: our relationship with TV, found that more than half (52 per cent) of the nation […]

Sky and Viacom extend partnership

Sky and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) have agreed to extend their commercial partnership in the UK and Ireland for a further five years. The arrangement ensures Viacom’s popular pay TV channels – including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and VH1 – will continue to be available in all Sky homes. The two companies will also extend their advertising sales relationship […]

Broadcasters call for EU DTT spectrum recognition

Lobbying group Broadcast Network Europe (BNE), under the banner of the Wider Spectrum Group, has sent a Letter to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as to Vice-President  Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger in order to call for recognition in the upcoming Digital Single Market communication of the crucial role spectrum plays for Terrestrial Broadcasting alongside […]

HBO, Turner lift Time Warner Q1


Time Warner has reported a profitable Q1 boosted by higher advertising and subscription revenue at its Turner division and HBO network. Revenue at Turner, which owns channels such as CNN and Cartoon Network, rose 4.5 per cent in the quarter. Advertising revenue grew 4 per cent, while subscription revenue rose 3 per cent. Revenue at HBO increased 4.4 per cent. […]

SES carrying 6526 TV channels

Luxembourg-based SES’s Q1 results were revealed on April 30th with CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh saying the satellite operator had made a “productive start” to 2015. He said that SES was now serving 312 million homes worldwide, up 7 per cent on a year ago. SES was now transmitting 6526 channels, up 5 per cent y-o-y, and helped by a 6.8 […]

Intelsat reports “solid progress”

Intelsat’s Q1 numbers showed some revenue reductions in most of its divisions. The one sector that showed an increase was its ‘media’ business, which saw revenues grow 1 percent to $224.8 million compared with Q1/2014. The reduced revenues in its other key divisions affected the overall fill rate, down to 75 per cent as at March 30th, and down from […]

Q1 ad revs up at TF1, stable at M6

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French commercial TV group TF1 has posted ad revenues up 2.5 per cent at €363.1 million for the first quarter of 2015, including ad revenues climbing 3.2 per cent at €343.6 million for the four FTA channels (TF1, NT1, TMC, HD1). TF1 Group’s consolidated revenue was up 1.1 per cent to €475.1 million, but the revenues from activities other than […]

Ergen’s Dish facing Senate investigation

A few months ago Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network were successful bidders in the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of AWS-3 wireless spectrum (which overall raised billions of dollars for the US Treasury).  Ergen/Dish paid $13.3 billion out of the total $44.9 billion raised by the auction. However, Dish Network received a significant $3.3 billion in financial discounts by claiming it was […]

Enensys enables DTT for Televisa

Enensys Technologies, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, has announced that Televisa has deployed its switcher technology as part of a wider DTT (ATSC) network rollout. Enensys has delivered a large volume of its ASIGuard II switchers for installation at transmitter sites across the country, as well as its new ASIIPSwitch and HDc chassis platform, for secure microwave […]

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