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Pirate Bay founder gets jail

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for hacking into computers and illegally downloading files. He and a co-defendant were convicted of breaking into computers owned by technology services giant CSC by a Danish court. Prosecutors said it was the “largest hacking case to date”. Warg’s accomplice was given a six-month jail sentence but […]

Murdoch: ‘Unite to fight Netflix and Amazon’

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Rupert Murdoch has called for a cooperative media response to challenger streaming services Amazon and Netflix. The media industry needs its own competitor to these giants, he told a WSJ technology conference. “As an industry, we need a competitor – a serious competitor – to Netflix and Amazon,” Murdoch said, “I think we’re all on the same page.” 21st Century […]

Ross appointed Discovery Channel President

Discovery Communications has announced the appointment of former Shine America CEO and Disney executive Rich Ross to the position of President of the Discovery Channel. Ross will join Discovery Communications in January 2015, and will be based at the company’s LA office. Ross will oversee creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and all day-to-day operations for the network. “Rich […]

Thinkbox appoints Channel 5’s Hill

Thinkbox has announced that Matt Hill, the current Head of Planning and Insight at Channel 5, has been appointed Research and Planning Director at Thinkbox. He will take up the post in early 2015. Hill will have responsibility for Thinkbox’s research and planning teams and will take a seat on the Thinkbox board. Hill has been at Channel 5 since […]

Sanchez appointed RTVE president (again)

The Spanish Parliament has appointed the former General Director of Madrid-based Regional TV channel Telemadrid, Jose Antonio Sanchez, as the new president of the public national broadcaster RTVE, replacing Leopoldo Gonzalez-Echenique who recently resigned on the grounds of lack of financial resources for the TV group. Sanchez already was the president of RTVE in 2002-2004 and now he will have […]

SeaChange appoints Samit CEO

SeaChange International, the global multi-screen video software company, has announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Jay Samit as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Samit will also become a member of the Board.  Samit succeeds SeaChange’s current CEO Raghu Rau. “It is a great honour to be leading SeaChange at a time when the promise of TV on […]

Net Insight shuffles management team

Net Insight, a provider of efficient and scalable transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, has announced changes to the company’s management team. Per Lindgren, currently senior vice president business development and chief technology officer (CTO), will take on the position of senior vice-president strategy and business development, while current deputy CTO Martin Karlsson is named as the new […]

Visual Unity strengthens marketing team

OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has strengthened its marketing team by appointing James Mazur to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Formerly co-founder and leader of a start-up software company and Award winning GoStickman animation studio, James Mazur has extensive experience in online business and digital marketing. As Chief Marketing Officer, he will head the marketing team and take responsibility […]

Video Pioneer Yves Faroudja to Present at SMPTE 2014

Faroudja Enterprises has announced that company founder and president, Yves Faroudja, will present “Improving Video Streaming and File Compression Efficiency without Affecting Quality” at the SMPTE® 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) in Hollywood, California. Scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 10:45 AM, Yves’ presentation will show how the efficiency of today’s digital video compression systems may be […]

UK PM’s IP adviser stands down

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has informed UK Prime Minister David Cameron that he is standing down as his IP adviser. Weatherley was appointed by the Prime Minister in September 2013 to be his Intellectual Property Adviser. In his role, Weatherley has worked closely with the […]

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