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Rovi to acquire TiVo in $1.1bn deal

Rovi to acquire TiVo in $1.1bn deal

Some five weeks after reports first emerged that entertainment discovery specialist Rovi was planning to acquire advanced television technology specialist TiVo the pair have confirmed a cash and stock deal…

SES carrying 23 UHD channels

SES says it is now carrying 23 Ultra HD channels across its fleet (up from 19 at December 31st). Fifteen of these channels are commercial. SES says it will increase…

Government to order “paid-for” iPlayer?

Government to order “paid-for” iPlayer?

The UK government could make the BBC trial a new paid-for service on the iPlayer. Culture secretary John Whittingdale signaled last month that the government would rush through legislation to…

Al Jazeera expelled from Baghdad

Qatar-based Arab-language news channel Al Jazeera has had its operating licence revoked by Iraq’s media authorities, and its office and news bureau in Baghdad closed. Iraq has accused the channel…

SiriusXM best ever quarter

US pay-radio operator SiriusXM has reported its Q1 numbers and declared that the quarter was their best-ever with revenues climbing 11 per cent to $1.2 billion, and issued fresh guidance…

NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation

NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation

Confirming recent speculation, NBCUniversal is to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the creator of animated feature films, TV series, live entertainment and related consumer products in a deal valued at $3.8 billion…

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

A report from right-wing policy institute the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described the BBC as “no longer fit for purpose,” suggesting that its market power – especially in…

Facebook profits soar, ‘VR is for the future’

Facebook profits soar, ‘VR is for the future’

Shares in Facebook have hit record highs after its latest financial results smashed expectations, with profits rising threefold. The first quarter numbers beat analysts’ forecasts with the social network, also…

Switzerland placed on piracy Watch List

On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 Special 301 Report on the global state of intellectual…

Intelsat reaffirms 2016 expectations

Satellite communications giant Intelsat reported that its Q1 revenues topped $552.6 million ($602 million same period last year) in the three months to March 31st, and a slight improvement on…

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