Advanced Television


Sony and Disney buy FilmFlex

FilmFlex, the cable movies VOD service in UK, has been bought by Sony Pictures and Disney. The two studios already owned a third each of the business, and acquired the remaining third held by SeaChange subsidiary OnDemand Group. The stake was acquired for approximately $14.5 million

January 10, 2008

News Corp scoops Premiere stake

News Corporation has acquired a 14.58 per cent stake in German pay-TV operator Premiere, in a E287 million cash deal, making it the company’s biggest single shareholder. The shares were acquired from Unitymedia, Germany’s second largest cable MSO, which took the holding in February 2007 as part of a deal which enabled Premiere to show […]

January 9, 2008

Comcast expands output to 'infinity'

US telco Comcast is set to carry out carry out a mass expansion of its on-demand content service in an attempt to capitalise on shifting television viewing habits. Comcast has a library of 10,000 titles, ranging from pay-per-view films to advertising-supported episodes of top TV programmes. Now, in an expansion codenamed Project Infinity, the group […]

January 9, 2008

Pay-TV content war

From David Del Valle in Madrid The main Spanish pay-TV operators Digital Plus (DTH), ONO (cable) and Imagenio (IPTV) are strengthening their programming line-up in a tough fight for capturing new subscribers. They are upgrading their TV packages with the addition of new TV channels and services. Digital Plus is launching the local TV channel […]

January 9, 2008

US digital conversion 'free'

Converting to digital in the US could, theoretically be free as EchoStar Communications announced it teamed up with Sling Media to brand a converter box that it said will sell for $39.99. They say it will comply with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s specifications for devices that can be covered entirely by the NTIA’s […]

January 9, 2008

Ka-band for Eutelsat

Satellite operators Eutelsat has selected EADS Astrium to deliver its first satellite operating exclusively in Ka-band frequencies. The satellite will form the cornerstone of a major new satellite infrastructure programme designed to expand significantly capacity for consumer broadband services across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, while providing new opportunities for local and regional television markets. […]

January 9, 2008

blinkx Partners with ITN Source

blinkx has formed a partnership with ITN Source, one of the world’s leading providers of professional video content, to give blinkx viewers direct access to ITN Source’s market-leading collection of moving image libraries and stock footage on the Web. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and […]

January 9, 2008

Carter for Brown

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed Stephen Carter, the former chief executive of Ofcom, as his key strategy adviser. The 43-year-old, who is currently chief executive of corporate communications company Brunswick Group will be the principal special adviser in No10 and will be in charge of political strategy, communications and research. He will attend […]

January 9, 2008

CE makers form dotTV

A group of major Korean consumer electronics, technology and broadcast companies announced the formation of dotTV, an industry consortium whose mission is to build a next-generation interactive TV viewing experience leveraging social networking and online video to engage viewers. As viewers increasingly demand an anytime, anywhere, any-device viewing experience, dotTV seeks to bring the interactivity […]

January 8, 2008

BT Vision secures Motorola and Xbox deals

BT has selected Motorola as the lead supplier of next-generation set-top boxes for its BT Vision digital TV service. Motorola will supply BT with second-generation V-Boxes boasting a new look, the potential for improved energy efficiency and enhanced capabilities for deployment in 2009. The HD-capable V-Box digital TV recorder will provide access to up to […]

January 8, 2008