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Pay DTT OK'd, Prisa appeals

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Government is finalising a new set of TV regulations that will pave the way for the launch of pay DTT services, HDTV on…

Blavatnik saves Setanta?

American investor Len Blavatnik is offering £20m (E23.4m) to buy some time for the beleaguered sportscaster. However the BBC reports he is demanding a 51% stake in return. Blavatnik is…

Setanta stays afloat

Setanta co-founders Michael O’Rourke and Leonard Ryan have won additional breathing space to try to push through a last minute refinancing rescue package to save the company from going in…

Setanta looks to shareholders as Sky gives brush off

BSkyB refused a £50m (E58m) lifeline to Irish pay-TV broadcaster Setanta which had offered access to its live rights for 46 English Premier League games next season as an add-on…

Setanta on brink

The board of UK and Ireland football broadcaster Setanta is meeting this week to assess whether it has any options other than placing the business in administration. Last week the…

ITV channels moving to subscription?

ITV has held talks with BSkyB about switching its advertiser-funded free-to-air digital channels such as ITV2 to subscription, meaning they would no longer be available to Freeview viewers. The commercial…

Setanta considers wholesale switch

Pay TV broadcaster Setanta, currently losing an estimated £100 million (E115m) a year, is considering a radical switch of its business model that would mean ditching its subscribers in order…

Sky takes Setanta to brink

Sky has turned down a request from Setanta for a £50 million (E57.3m) advance payment on a deal that would have involved Sky selling Setanta packages directly to its own…

Sky Italia to reimburse former subscribers

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Italian DTH operator Sky Italia will have to reimburse thousands of former subscribers, for applying cancellation costs judged as too high by a Rome Court.…

Rivals want Ofcom to challenge Sky's dominance

BSkyB' rivals are urging Ofcom to loosen the satellite broadcaster's grip on top sports events so that Premier League football, Test cricket and first-run Hollywood movies become more widely available.…