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Ofcom relaxes ad rules

Following a consultation on the UK implementation of Brussels’ new Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, Ofcom is changing its code on the rules for the distribution of TV advertising.…

Satellite operators call for EU to guarantee services

Satellite communications play a key role in achieving Europe’s objectives. As the Chairman of ESOA and CEO of Eutelsat, Giuliano Berretta, explained, satellites are “an integral and indispensable part of…

MTG Q2

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The results for the second quarter and first half of 2008 are again at record levels, both in terms of sales and…

US consumer electronics industry: $173bn in 2008

“The CE industry is a backbone of economic activity in this country,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “In a tough economy, consumers turn to CE products for many…

Pay-TV STBs on target for 40% growth

Global shipments of Pay-TV set top boxes (STBs) are on track to grow by nearly 40 per cent by 2012 according to a new Industry “Pay-TV operators around the world…

FCC urged to reject MPAA exemption

Seven public-interest and consumer groups have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to turn down Hollywood_s request to take control of consumers' TV sets But the groups said the…

Italian DTT receiver sales top 8.6 million

From Branislav Pekic in Rome A total of 310,000 DTT decoders were sold during May in Italy, bringing the total installed base to 8.6 million, A total of 310,000 DTT…

XM Satellite subs rise

XM Satellite Radio had added 322,000 new net subscribers in the second quarter and now has about 9.7 million. The total represents a 17 per In a preliminary report, the…

Boxer wins Irish DTT

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has awarded – subject to contract – three national DTT multiplexes to a consortium of the Swedish DTT operator Boxer and the Communicorp Group, the…

CBS: Streaming doesn’t hurt TV viewing

US network CBS says it has found streaming full-length episodes of primetime series is mostly additive for the broadcast networks and does little to threaten TV viewing. According to a…