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Setanta out as rival soccer bids in

The English Premier League will take until the end of the week to decide between the bids it has received for Setanta's relinquished 46 EPL games. The smart money is…

Viasat OnDemand adds TV4 Play and SVT Play

Viasat Broadcasting has signed an agreement with Swedish commercial broadcaster the TV4 Group to add TV4 Play to Viasat OnDemand, as a catch-up service for Viasat’s satellite TV subscribers through…

Mediaset tops 3.5m pay-TV subscribers

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Mediaset has reported a 85 per cent increase in the turnover of its pay-TV service on DTT, Mediaset Premium, during the first six months of…

ESPN secures EPL slots

ESPN, which last week acquired its first live English Premier League (EPL) TV rights, has secured its presence on Freeview and is expected to launch a high- definition version of…

Setanta Ireland buyout deal

Setanta’s founders and MCD boss Denis Desmond are expected to take full control of the sports giant’s Irish business after agreeing a buyout with original investors, including Doughty Hanson and…

ESPN scores as Setanta stumbles

Disney-owned ESPN is to broadcast live English Premier League football action in the UK for the first time after securing the rights to show 46 games for the 2009/2010 season…

Spain: Deal to end soccer rights war

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain's largest pay TV group Sogecable and Mediapro, main shareholder in commercial TV channel La Sexta, have signed an agreement to bring an end…

Canal + for the weekend

The French pay-TV operator Canal+ will test a special 'weekend subscription' this autumn. CEO Bertrand Méheut said the subscription will cost around E15 a month, about half the usual price…

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…