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Amazon’s Bezos backing passenger rockets

Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos is backing ‘Blue Origin’ a company which intends to enter the commercial rocket business. Bezos says he will visit Florida in September to make…

MGM invests in iflix

MGM invests in iflix

iflix, the Southeast Asian streaming service, has announced that Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has become an investor in the business. The investment represents a significant deepening of the relationship between…

Avanti issuing £80m bond

London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications has issued an £80 million (€113m) financial bond (Senior Secured Notes) to help fund future satellite activity. Avanti specialises in providing bandwidth over Europe and…

BBC clamps down on student streamers

Most UK university students fail to understand the difference between recorded TV and catch-up services, according to research from TV Licensing. Almost 60 per cent of current university students are…

Amazon: Clarkson show “very, very, very expensive”

Proclaiming a “golden age of television”, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has suggested the planned motoring show to be presented on its Prime Instant Video TV streaming service by the ex-Top…

NBCUniversal invests in Vox Media

NBCUniversal is making a $200 million equity investment in Vox Media, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing digital media companies. The eight Vox Media brands are SB Nation,…

More public funds for RTVE

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE – operator of La 1 and La 2, among other channels – will get €331.5 million in state subsidies in 2016 against this year’s €292.7 million.…

BBC: ‘Red Alert’ on funding

The BBC’s licence fee will be under severe pressure come 2020/2021, according to an analysis of the UK government’s ‘Green Paper’ proposals for funding the public broadcaster. Enders Analysis’s Toby…

NBCU to invest in BuzzFeed, Vox

NBCU poised to make investments in BuzzFeed and Vox, seeking to appeal to younger viewers who are abandoning traditional media, according to the NYT. NBCU, owned by Comcast, is reported…

Funding boost for Paywizard

Pay-TV subscription management specialist Paywizard is set to expand internationally with £3.5 million of funding from the Scottish Loan Fund (SLF). The funding boost from the SLF will support Paywizard…

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