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Buy & Keep goes live on Sky Store

BSkyB has confirmed that the Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ download-to-own service is now available for ‘connected’ Sky customers, letting them for the first time buy movies as well as rent them. Sky says the Buy & Keep offers the simplicity and convenience of an HD digital movie download, with the added bonus of the original DVD sent by post [...]

Aereo versus broadcasters: Early shots fired


The US Supreme Court has started its hearing as to whether Internet TV streaming service Aereo violates the broadcasters’ exclusive rights under federal copyright law to the public performance of their works, with initial oral arguments, being offered. After the first day, David Frederick, counsel to Aereo, said that from the company’s perspective, the issue in the case was whether [...]

Targeted ads, let the sleeping dog lie

Ironically, given that its purpose is to draw attention, targeted advertising is the dog that didn’t bark. For as long as most of us can remember it has been talked of the great untapped resource, just waiting to be unlocked by convergence; the ‘Mother Load’ that would justify much investment in technology and content. The foundation upon which many a [...]

YouTube still top second screen site


Despite a relative drop in visit share of 8.9 per cent over the last year in the US, YouTube is still by far the video site most frequently visited from a desktop computer with a 58.77 per cent share of visits among a custom aggregate of video-rich sites, according to

HBO originals for Amazon


Amazon’s Prime subscription service will stream a selection of HBO series, mini-series and original movies as part of its new licensing deal. The deal, the first time that licensed HBO content has been available online outside of its own HBO Go service for subscribers, allows Amazon to stream a library of shows older than three years. Amazon Prime members will [...]

YouTube on all Roku current-gen devices

Streaming platform Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland. Current generation players are those introduced after July 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku [...]

TalkTalk adds FilmFlex


TalkTalk has announced a deal with FilmFlex Movies to bring its customers hundreds more movies on demand, with even more new releases available to rent on the same day as DVD. The multi-year deal kicks off with immediate effect and will offer subscribers to both TalkTalk’s Essentials TV and Plus TV packages, access to hundreds of movies on demand. TalkTalk’s [...]

laeffe launches on TivuSat in Italy

Italian thematic channel laeffe has launched on DTH platform TivuSat with a schedule consisting of documentaries, cultural programmes as well as TV series and movies. The channel, which was previously only available on DTT, is produced by Italian media group Feltrinelli and has been allocated channel position 50. However, since laeffe is transmitted in Standard Definition DVBS-2 it can only [...]

Fox leads channel brand recognition

The Walking Dead

In a worldwide brand study commissioned by Fox International Channels (FIC) and conducted by Phoenix Marketing International, Fox delivered 94 per cent brand awareness, and beat out all competing channels for overall brand strength.  The channel brands Fox outscored included Discovery, Disney, Warner Bros and NBC Universal. Local brands were also included in the research. The study polled pay-TV subscribers [...]

Lifetime channel for LatAm, Brazil

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A+E Networks Latin America, a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications, and Sony Pictures Television today have confrimed they will launch Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil.  The channel will debut in July 2014. Lifetime will feature a three-part content strategy of scripted drama series, non-fiction series and award-winning original movies. “We are thrilled to partner with Sony [...]

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