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Kroes: Copyright system failing


Neelie Kroes, the EC’s Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, has renewed her criticism of Europe’s copyright regime, suggesting that the artist should be put at the centre of not only copyright law, but of the EU’s whole policy on culture and growth. Addressing the Forum d’Avignon event – which brings together players from the worlds of culture, the creative industries, […]

Logitech drops Google TV

Logitech has pulled the plug on Google TV set-top boxes, saying consumers just aren’t ready for the device which merges television and the Internet. “Google TV or the child of Google TV or the grandchild of Google TV will happen,” said Guerrino De Luca, the chairman and acting chief executive of the Swiss computer peripherals maker. “The integration of television […]

Murdoch “respected and trusted” by Sky CEO


After he spent another bruising couple of hours testifying on whether it was incompetence or dishonesty that lead to senior execs at News International not dealing with phone hacking and bribing police, James Murdoch will have been relieved to have the BSkyB board back his continued chairmanship. The board took the unusual step of publicly outlining its continued and unanimous […]

ITV close to Netflix output deal


ITV is reported to be in advanced discussions with Netflix about an output deal for video streaming service’s UK and Ireland launch. The deal would give Netflix access to ITV’s archive of shows as it boosts its content for the subscription service. Last week it announced a movie output deal with MGM. Netflix is also said to be talking with […]

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 […]

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