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Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

British Superbike series extends ITV deal

MotorSport Vision (MSV), the commercial and media rights holder of the MCE British Superbike Championship, and UK broadcasting network ITV have extended their long term partnership to broadcast free-to-air highlights coverage of the UK’s premier two-wheeled motorsport series to the end of the 2018 season. The new five-year agreement maintains MCE BSB coverage on ITV4 on a Wednesday evening following [...]

Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels. As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s [...]

OTT potential for premium rights holders

A new report from research consultancy IDATE looking at OTT distribution strategies suggests that OTT-specific services present opportunities for premium content rights holders to add value to content that has little or no exposure on television, to generate additional revenue, and to put pressure on traditional distributors and thus ‘raise the stakes’. In a blog post, Florence Le Borgne, Head [...]

Amazon acquires new Batman series

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Amazon has boosted its exclusive rights portfolio by acquiring rights to to the new animated Batman series – Beware the Batman. The 26 episode show is available in the UK for the first time via Amazon’s Prime Instant Video streaming service. The deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution sees Amazon continue to invest heavily in quality content aimed at [...]

TV3 wins Rugby World Cup rights

TV3 has won the Irish rights to broadcast next year’s Rugby World Cup. Under the terms of the deal, TV3 will manage the broadcast of live coverage of all 48 matches and will also deliver a TV, digital and mobile highlights offering. All of the Ireland matches and final stages of the tournament will be broadcast free to air. TV3, [...]

BBC deal for Amazon Prime Instant Video

As it further ramps its content portfolio better to compete with other online entertainment services, a deal between Amazon and BBC Worldwide, the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, means that some of the very best British drama and comedy is now available for unlimited streaming by members of UK movie and TV streaming subscription service Amazon Prime Instant Video. [...]

beIN sports, Canal+ score Champions League rights

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French pay-TV market rivals beIN sports and Canal+ have both been awarded live coverage rights for UEFA Champions League football from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018. Canal+ will broadcast one first pick game live on each match day of the Champions League and continue to follow the competition through its Canal Champions Club sports show. It says the award of one premium [...]

Study: True economic impact of piracy “unclear”

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Noting that consumers copy and share digital files, with this being blamed for a potentially catastrophic decline in certain markets, an academic study has sought to establish why consumers copy and whether this is as economically harmful as often thought. CREATe, the UK research centre for copyright, has put a decade of evidence to the test by reviewing studies published [...]

Sky aces Masters Golf deal

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Sky Sports will continue to show live coverage of the Masters Golf from Augusta National thanks to a new multi-year agreement. Sky revealed the deal as the early strokes were being taken at the 2014 tournament. The deal means that from 2015, Sky Sports will continue to be the only place in the UK to watch all four days of [...]

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