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Canal+ chief ousted over ‘Guignols’ controversy

French media group Vivendi has sacked Canal+ CEO Rodolphe Belmer amid controversy about the future of the pay-TV channel and its prominent satirical puppet show Les Guignols. Canal Plus parent…

Broadcasters reveal opening live Premier League games

Broadcasters reveal opening live Premier League games

Sky and BT Sport, the two UK licensed Premier League broadcasters, have announced their respective first batches of live games. Premier League champions Chelsea will begin their title defence exclusively…

Study: Online copyright piracy hits $800bn

Research by application protection company Arxan and the iThreat Cyber Group (ICG) suggests that the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material on the Web is extensive and growing rapidly.…

AB HD channels renew with Canalsat

French TV group AB has concluded a distribution deal with Canalsat to continue to have nine of its HD channels transmitted on the platform. RTL 9, AB1, AB Moteurs, Mangas,…

Mediapro to exploit Brazilian football TV rights

Spanish media company Mediapro has reached an agreement with the Brazilian Group Globo for the international sale of TV rights to the Brazilian Football League until 2019. Mediapro will exploit…

Free Ashes cricket on NOW TV

Free Ashes cricket on NOW TV

Cricket fans can watch the first day of the Investec Ashes series between England and Australia with a free NOW TV Sports Day Pass. After winning a thrilling one-day series…

Employment and exports boom for UK creative industries

Finding released by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) reveal employment within the UK’s creative industries is increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider UK…

A + E Networks launches Lifetime SVoD

A+E Networks has launched Lifetime Movie Club, the network’s first direct-to-consumer subscription service which grants subscribers access to a library of Lifetime Movies without commercial interruptions for $3.99 a month.…

Portugal: NOS launches 4K channels

Just a day after Vodafone Portugal added its first 4K TV channel, rival Portuguese operator NOS has also launched its 4K offering with two new channels. NOS subscribers can now…

TVPlayer launches pay OTT

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer is to launch TVPlayer Plus, a subscription service, this summer. TVPlayer Plus will be priced from £4.99 (€7.05) per month (with no contract) and enables…

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