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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 […]

ESPN deal boosts BT Sport

BT Sport and ESPN have signed a seven-year agreement to expand the range of ESPN content on BT Sport. The agreement also covers the use of the ESPN brand and potential joint digital media initiatives. The new long-term collaboration builds on the successful relationship between both brands following the acquisition of ESPN’s UK and Ireland television business by BT in […]

Vessel launches public beta

Following its December beta launch to content creators, Jason Kilar, former CEO of online entertainment streaming service Hulu, and CEO/co-founder of web video operation Vessel, is now inviting content creators’ fans to try Vessel as it starts an invite-required beta of the service. In a blog post – Now Playing: Vessel Beta – Kilar says that with Vessel, fans will […]

Rights deals boost Premier League clubs


Revenue for the world’s 20 highest earning football clubs reached €6.2 billion (£5.2bn) last season, up €800 million (£669m) (14 per cent) on the previous year, according to the 18th edition of the Football Money League from Deloitte, the business advisory firm. Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said:

Court Orders cut pirate traffic

A report compiled by Incopro, commissioned by the Motion Picture Association – the international trade association working for major companies that invest in, produce, distribute and market film and TV content in the UK – has revealed that copyright infringing websites subject to site blocking Court Orders by the main ISPs have lost nearly three-quarters (73.2 per cent) of their […]

Discovery will bid for Premier League


Discovery Communications International will bid for rights to screen English Premier League football, stepping into the multi-billion-pound auction along with, at least Sky and BT. Bids for the next contract are due early next month and Discovery is planning to take part, according to Bloomberg. Sky and BT paid over £3 billion to share the rights for three years from  […]

DISH lauds Hopper copyright victory

US pay-TV operator DISH has welcomed a judgement from the United States District Court, Central District of California which upholds the rights of consumers to use AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers Features. The decision is first to apply the US Supreme Court’s June 2014 opinion in Aereo to other technology. The court’ summary judgement decision upheld the rights of consumers […]

MENA execs warn of online piracy threat

Industry executives have spoken out against the threat of online piracy to pay-TV operations in the MENA region. Participating in a panel session at IBC Content Everywhere in Dubai on how the MENA TV industry is adapting to the Content Everywhere revolution, Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh, executive director of television at Abu Dhabi Media, stressed the importance of educating viewers […]

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