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Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan B’ should the Supreme Court decide against it in the case which begins April 22. [...]

Discovery drops out of Channel 5 bidding

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Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Channel 5, according to reports. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the US in television, had been in talks with BSkyB over a possible joint bid. It is unclear whether BSkyB was still involved in the process. UK FTA channel Channel 5, which broadcasts the likes of Big Brother [...]

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

British Superbike series extends ITV deal

MotorSport Vision (MSV), the commercial and media rights holder of the MCE British Superbike Championship, and UK broadcasting network ITV have extended their long term partnership to broadcast free-to-air highlights coverage of the UK’s premier two-wheeled motorsport series to the end of the 2018 season. The new five-year agreement maintains MCE BSB coverage on ITV4 on a Wednesday evening following [...]

beIN sports, Canal+ score Champions League rights

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French pay-TV market rivals beIN sports and Canal+ have both been awarded live coverage rights for UEFA Champions League football from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018. Canal+ will broadcast one first pick game live on each match day of the Champions League and continue to follow the competition through its Canal Champions Club sports show. It says the award of one premium [...]

MPs: BBC’s Digital Media Initiative “complete failure”

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A Committee of MPs has described the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative as a “complete failure” and accused the Corporation of complacency and a lack of transparency in its dealings with parliamentary bodies. The Rt. Hon. Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, speaking as the Committee published a report examining the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI), said: [...]

DTG testing scheduled for Freeview Tablet TV UK

Further to its recent update on the commercial availability of its Tablet TV service and announcement of its first full market beta test this summer in San Francisco, digital TV software solutions provider Motive Television has revealed that it has received confirmation that testing of its technology for Freeview Tablet TV by the UK’s Digital Technology Group will begin on [...]

Half of streaming households would drop pay-TV for Aereo

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Just a little over a year after Aereo’s last victory in federal appeals court, on April 22nd the Supreme Court will settle the question of Aereo’s legality once and for all.  Broadcast networks in the US want Aereo to pay retransmission fees while Aereo says retrans fees do not apply because user-operated individual antennas are akin to a personal recording [...]

Massive Interactive delivers HbbTV for Australia FreeviewPlus

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Massive Interactive, an expert in platform software and design for multiscreen TV Everywhere entertainment, has delivered what it says is the first HbbTV based service in Australia for FreeviewPlus. FreeviewPlus is a new service that provides access to content from Australia’s free-to air networks, embracing the latest update to the Australian broadcast standard that incorporates HbbTV functionality for dual broadcast [...]

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