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Premier League rights might cost 60% more

A report from investment bank Berenberg says there is a “likelihood of substantial cost inflation in the Premier League rights auction…[and we] include 60 per cent cost inflation in our estimates”. The report – The Final Countdown – advises clients to “SELL” their Sky shares ahead of what is anticipates will be a fall from today’s share price of about […]

BT TV launches Sky Sports on YouView

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BT TV will offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its YouView boxes effective immediately, following its successful application for interim relief at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The news means that BT TV will be able to enhance its sports channel line-up on YouView boxes, adding Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to its existing offering of BT Sport, […]

Poland’s nc+ extends Eutelsat relationship

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Eutelsat Communications and nc+, a driving force in pay-TV services in Poland, have confirmed the signature of a major contract for the renewal of nine transponders at Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood. The agreement equips nc+ to pursue the expansion of its platform of digital services that broadcasts to 2.2 million subscriber homes equipped for Direct-to-Home reception in Poland. Julien […]

Premier League kicks off rights process

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The English Premier League has issued Invitations to Tender (ITT) for its UK audiovisual broadcasting rights for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19 which include a package that will see live coverage of Friday night football for the first time since the League’s inception in 1992. It has made available to interested parties two separate ITTs inviting bids for: Live broadcasting rights […]

Report: PSB licence gives ITV ‘significant’ net benefit

The commercial benefits of ITV’s Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) licence significantly outweigh the costs, providing ITV with a net benefit of between £87 million (€110m) and £221 million per year, according to an independent report commissioned by the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) – the trade body for digital, cable and satellite services in the UK’s commercial television and on-demand sector […]

Ofcom launches PSB review

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on its third review of public service broadcasting against a backdrop of what it suggests is reduced viewing of and investment in such services. The latest review examines how the BBC, ITV, STV, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C have fulfilled the purposes of public service broadcasting (PSB) since Ofcom’s 2008 […]

Montenegro DTT licences for commercial broadcasters

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Montenegro’s Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) has awarded three free-to-air licences to commercial broadcasters for the use of Multiplex 1 (MUX 1) with national coverage. The licences were awarded, after a public tender procedure, to TV Vijesti, TV Prva and TV Pink M. MUX 1 already carries the two TV channels of public broadcaster Radio Televizija Crne Gore. MUX 1, […]

Czech/Slovak broadcasters in Ultra HD tests

Satellite broadcaster SES has confirmed that Ceska Televize (CT), RTVS and Ceske Radiokomunikace are to begin test broadcasts of Ultra HD content via SES’s ASTRA 3B satellite. The Czech Republic public TV provider CT and Slovakian public broadcaster RTVS, in co-operation with leading Czech provider of digital infrastructure Ceske Radiokomunikace, are spearheading the first Ultra HD broadcast trial via ASTRA […]

IABM: Bright future for broadcast supply

IABM has concluded its 10th Annual International Business Conference & Awards where it released the key findings from its research study. These included year on year sales growth of 7.7 per cent, year on year profit growth of 11.2 per cent and 68.1 per cent of companies in profit. However, market confidence was down from last year. Covering four broad […]

Tech majors urge no to Title II for broadband

With Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on the verge of releasing new open Internet rules, 60 of America’s top technology companies have sent a letter to FCC Commissioners and Senate and House leaders urging them to reject reclassification of the Internet under Title II. The companies warn in the letter that Title II reclassification could mean a loss […]

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