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NAB’s Smith warns on Internet, spectrum

Delivering the annual NAB State of the Industry address as the 2012 NAB Show got under way, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith warned that while there had been success…

First consumer product from Mobile500 Alliance

The Mobile500 Alliance, a broadcast consortium comprised of 50 member companies covering 94 per cent of US television households, has detailed the business model and enhanced features for Mobile DTV,…

German TV soccer – about 45 bidders

Investment banker Morgan Stanley says there are about 45 bidders now in the battle to win various transmission rights to cover Germany’s Bundesliga soccer. The big hitters, Sky Deutschland and…

Canal Plus compromises to secure Bollore channels

Canal Plus has proposed to the Competition Authority seven commitments over three years in the hope the regulator will grant permission for its acquisition of Bollore’s free-to-air TV channels Direct…

OBN Bosnia rights for Champions League

Chellomedia’s OBN, its Bosnian FTA joint venture channel, has won the rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons starting with the new Season 2012-2013. OBN…

4oD up 10%

4oD up 10%

Channel 4’s VOD platform 4oD had 45 million views in February, bringing total year-to-date views to 93 million, 10 per cent year-on-year, says the broadcaster. There were 4.3 million unique…

SES and Samsung make FTA thrust in Africa

Samsung and SES are to partner to provide free satellite TV services for six countries in Africa. In an effort to drive digitalisation, the free service will be available on…

Competition to boost MENA pay-TV

The social and political turmoil that has rocked the Middle East and North Africa region has resulted in liberalisation measures which will open up the pay-TV sector, according to research…

Channel 4 launches 4seven

Channel 4 launches 4seven

UK public service commercial broadcaster Channel 4 is launching a new service – 4seven – the first new channel for the broadcaster since 2005. Delivering a keynote speech at the…

Paramount Channel on Spain’s FTA DTT

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Spanish media group Vocento have reached an agreement to launch in April Paramount Channel on Spain’s DTT platform as an FTA channel on frequency previously…