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Disney to close abc1

Walt Disney Television is to axe US entertainment channel abc1, which also has a valuable Freeview slot in the UK. Disney said its inability to extend the channel’s Freeview hours…

NME video content

Popular music website NME.com has confirmed a major revamp to its video content, releasing more than 50 exclusive backstage interviews through iTunes and centralising the site’s video archive in a…

Virgin news channel?

Virgin Media is exploring the possibility of launching a dedicated news channel with ITN as content supplier. The mooted Virgin News, which would likely broadcast on a 24-hour rolling format,…

DIC launches kid's channel

DIC Entertainment has launched KidsCo, a joint venture children’s channel it owns along with Sparrowhawk Media and Corus Entertainment, in Romania, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Poland. The children’s brand management…

FA auctions international rights

The English Football Association has put out the tender for the international broadcast rights to air live FA Cup and England home matches from 2008 to 2012. The FA is…

RR Sat for Loral

RRSat Global Communications Network announced that it has signed an agreement with Loral Skynet to offer distribution of video content to the Asian Market via a powerful digital platform using…

ump on Tiscali

JTV shows from around the world will be streamed in the UK through Tiscali under a deal with on-demand broadcaster JumpTV. The partnership will see JumpTV install its video players…

Canal Plus Internet TV deals

Canal Plus has signed deals with France Telecom’s Orange, Neuf Cegetel and Iliad’s Free to supply content from some of its channels via the internet. Subscribers to the three Internet…

Simply Sports channels

Online video group Simply Media is diversifying into male-oriented programming, having acquiring a majority stake in online golf channel GolfBug.tv for an undisclosed sum. The group has announced plans to…

Spanish soccer war hots up

From David Del Valle in Madrid The dispute between Sogecable, owner of Cuatro and Digital Plus, and Mediapro, shareholder in TV channel La Sexta, over football TV rights has intensified…