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Canal Digital profit up

Telenor Broadcast's Canal Digital added 12,000 DTH subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2008, ending the year with 1.113 million, down slightly from 1.131 million in 2007. The number of…

Setanta no footie fear

Setanta is said to be seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier League in the hope it will help broker a deal to regain the rights it lost in the…

Sky wins extra Premier package

The second round of bidding for pay-TV rights of Premier League saw Sky secure one of the two remaining TV packages to air live games from 2010 to 2013, meaning…

Access takes Setanta stake

With some analysts doubting Setanta's future after it failed to renew both its Premiere League packages, Access Industries, which is headed by the Russian-born US citizen Len Blavatnik, is understood…

34m VoD on UPC

Cable operator UPC Netherlands' video-on-demand service saw over 34 million requests from subscribers last year, the first full year of the service's operation. UPC said that about 50% of customers…

RTL board offer on C4 – 5

RTL, the Germany-based owners of Channel Five, has offered to set up a government-appointed editorial board as part of merger plan with Channel 4. Five’s chief executive, Dawn Airey, told…

News Corp studies behavioural

News International is investigating working with News Corp sites such as Sky and MySpace, to create a behavioural targeting network across its properties. The creation of such a network would…

Record DTT sales

From David Del Valle in Madrid The sale of DTT devices in December broke all records with more than 1,016,487 pieces sold in only one month, nearly two times the…

C4 plans new VOD

Following the Kangaroo blockade, Channel 4 is preparing to launch its new strategy for free online TV catch-up next month. Unlike its 4oD TV download service, the broadcaster’s shows from…

Sky Italia subs up profit down

News Corp-owned Italian pay-TV operator Sky Italia added 322,000 net subscribers in 2008 for a total subscriber base of 4.7 million. It reported second quarter operating income of US$10m down…