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Disney partners YouTube for original content


Disney Interactive Media and YouTube are to co-invest $10 million to $15 million on original video series. These video shorts will be produced by Disney and distributed on a co-branded channel on and YouTube. The channel will also include some UGC uploaded to YouTube daily. In a reversal of Disney’s go-it-alone Internet strategy, Disney is now looking to capture […]

Virgin Media adds 6000+ subs


Virgin Media has won back 6,300 cable customers in the third quarter of 2011, partly making up for losses of 36,000 over the summer after students disconnected for the holidays. Financial results showed that revenues grew 2.2 per cent to £1 billion year on year, marking a 3.3 per cent rise for the first nine months of the year. Overall […]

EBU: 3D TV won’t catch on


3D television will never catch on for regular TV programmes claims Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union. Speaking to the Swiss press, Deltenre declared: “Members of the EBU, and programme producers are still in the phase of migration to high definition, they are not going to add 3D to their troubles.” She agreed that niche uses would […]

Ergen’s DISH bids top for Hulu


DISH Network, the number two US DTH platform, has bid for Hulu to add it to a growing portfolio of content delivery platforms that includes Blockbuster. Headed by Charlie Ergen, DISH has reportedly offered more than Yahoo or Amazon with a figure said to top $1.9 billion. However, such is the frenzy for the $500 million revenue OTT service, some […]

Google: Less regulation = faster net


Although governments are keen to reap the benefits of high-speed Internet access, they need to reform regulations to help those building networks to provide it, according to a senior Google executive. Delivering a keynote address at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, Kevin Lo, Google’s general manager of access, told delegates: “Regulation can get in the way of innovation. Regulations […]

Canal Plus/TPS merger authorisation reversed


France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) has declared that the Canal Plus Group has not complied with a number of commitments – some deemed essential – made at the acquisition of rival pay-TV platform TPS in 2006. It has withdrawn the decision to authorise the transaction, obliging the parties to notify the operation again within a month. It also […]

Google: ‘We can’t block sites’


Getting its defence in early, Google has said it would be unworkable for it to block entire sites. In a speech to the Royal Television Society on Wednesday it has been widely trailed that UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will call on search engines, ISPs and transaction companies to play a more active role in blocking pirate sites. See previous […]

Everything Everywhere tries again with mobile TV


Everything Everywhere, the UK mobile joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, has revealed the first in a series of significant changes planned for its mobile TV service over the next 12 months. The changes are designed to improve the mobile TV experience it provides its customers and it predicts a six-fold increase in subscribers over the next three years as […]

Google TV to launch in UK


Google is to launch its web-TV service in the UK within the next six months, according to reports. The launch was confirmed by CEO Eric Schmidt speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Schmidt said Google TV did not threaten broadcasters and would enable them to experiment with new formats online. He defended the company’s contribution to the TV industry, […]

Sky Italia first 3D movies, sports


Sky Italia is launching an ad-hoc 3D channel on September 6, with movies, entertainment and sports featuring heavily. The hope is that the channel will become a driving force for sales of 3D TV devices, which are still rare in Italy. Subscribers equipped with an HD set-top box and special glasses, will be able to watch movie premieres in 3D, […]

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