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NBCU: ‘Maintain investment-friendly regulatory framework’


Kevin MacLellan, Chairman of NBCUniversal International, has warned UK and European regulators against making widespread changes to copyright legislation, suggesting that innovation has flourished in the current regulatory framework. He nevertheless stressed the need for regulators and policy-makers to focus on the importance of Intellectual Property for the media industry. Delivering a keynote address at the ‘Let’s Go Connected’ conference […]

ITV wins cricket rights

ITV will show highlights of all of England’s games in the cricket World Cup which begins next month. Games including the fixture against Scotland will be shown on ITV1 as well as the semi-final and final – but only if England make it that far. Other games will be shown on sister channel ITV4. Live coverage of the tournament, which […]

BBC Worldwide Taiwan content deal


BBC Worldwide claims it has signed a content deal in Taiwan through an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom-backed channel operator ELTA TV. The deal includes channels, programme sales and VoD platform from the factual, lifestyle, light entertainment and news archives of the BBC’s commercial arm. Following the agreement four BBC-branded channels – namely BBC World News HD, BBC Knowledge HD, BBC […]

Verizon encouraged by OTT TV prospects

Fran Shammo, EVP and Chief Financial Officer of US telco Verizon, has suggested that conditions are favourable for the planned midsummer launch of its OTT service. Speaking during Verizon’s Q4 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call, Shammo declined to disclose as to too much what we it was going to do, but said that if you look at the [OTT TV] […]

CBS AMC Network content acquisitions

CBS AMC Networks EMEA Channels Partnership, a joint venture between AMC Networks International – Zone and CBS Studios International, have announced a raft of new drama acquisitions for its successful CBS Channels across the EMEA region, amounting to 234 hours of world-class content. The deal with CBS Studios International includes The Borgias, which will be available to over three million […]

Sundance Channel to premiere indie movies

Off the heels of substantial distribution growth of Sundance Channel Global in 2014, the network has announced a number of film acquisitions from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  The five newly acquired films will premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel Global, shortly after the festival this year. The film titles include Chorus, Chlorine, The Amina Profile, The Strongest Man, and Christmas, […]

Booming sports costs worry broadcasters

Multichannel operators have been suffering a decline in margin on video for years, in large part as a result to the rapidly escalating cost of sports, according to SNL Kagan, who note that there are other factors at play such as retransmission consent payments and the expanding size of the bundle. The research firm took a “deep dive” into the […]

New TV deals for UK rally fans

As the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo gets under way, the sport’s chiefs and UK broadcasters ITV and BT Sport have revealed that fans of the FIA World Rally Championship in Britain will receive improved television coverage of the series after both ITV4 and BT Sport agreed new deals for 2015. Both networks will broadcast comprehensive coverage from all 13 rounds of […]

Fisu, Perform extend coverage of University Games

Perform, the digital sports content group, will deliver live and on-demand coverage of the upcoming Winter Universiade on behalf of Fisu, the International University Sports Federation. The announcement marks the renewal of a media services agreement between Perform and Fisu for an additional four years, with Perform having provided streaming, content management, marketing and promotional services for Fisu TV since […]

EC VP: Copyright restricts Single Digital Market

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Single Market, has suggested that Europe’s rules on copyright need to be updated to make them fit for the digital age, describing copyright as a restriction holding back the full development of the Digital Single Market. Speaking at a debate organised by the European Internet Foundation in Brussels, Ansip said […]

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