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E335m leftover from TV switchover?

UK MPs have warned that the government may have “massively overestimated” the number of people requiring financial help to make the switch to digital television, as a National Audit Office report claimed up to £250 million (E355m) in licence fee cash could be left over from the scheme. The “targeted help” scheme is funded by […]

February 28, 2008

Zon can bid for DTT pay-TV channels

Zon Multimedia SGPS will be allowed to bid to operate pay-TV channels in Portugal’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) tender if it does so as a minority stakeholder in a consortium, according to a director at telecoms regulator Anacom. According to the Anacom director, Zon has been excluded from bidding on its own for the pay-TV […]

February 28, 2008

Eutelsat W3B satellite

Eutelsat has confirmed that Thales Alenia Space has been commissioned to build the W3B satellite which will provide Eutelsat with significant new capacity for broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services. These additional resources will enable Eutelsat to support the expansion of existing customers, notably broadcasters now launching their first HDTV channels, and will also bring fresh […]

February 28, 2008

Cedar deploys in Germany

Cedar Point Communications, player in integrated Voice over IP (VoIP) switching technologies for service provider and enterprise telecommunications, has announced an expansion of its European footprint with an initial deployment in Germany with TKS Telepost Kabel-Service, a subsidiary of Kabel Deutschland. TKS Telepost Kabel-Service, a provider of English-language telecommunication services throughout Germany, has integrated Cedar […]

February 28, 2008

ABC offers VOD to affiliates

Disney-ABC Television Group announced a deal with its Affiliate Association that expands the network’s ability to make content available on an on-demand basis through cable, DBS and Telco distributors. The agreement allows local affiliates to participate in the “fast-forwarding disabled” VOD offering through local advertising sales opportunities. Additionally, this landmark agreement lifts ABC’s re-purposing restrictions, […]

February 27, 2008

Sky Italia gets Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced an agreement with SKY Italia for the broadcast rights within Italy for the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games. SKY Italia acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone.

February 27, 2008

Intelsat for RTVT

Intelsat announced that Russian TV Times (RTVT) has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement on the Intelsat system, expanding its programme offering into Europe. Through its contract on the Intelsat 12 satellite located at 45 degrees East, RTVT will provide up to 30 channels of Russian news, film and sports programming to the estimated six million […]

February 27, 2008

NDS upgrade for HD

NDS has announced the deployment of a new version of MediaHighway middleware that allows subscribers to upgrade standard HD boxes into digital video recorders. Subscribers to Canal+ and CanalSat in France can attach an external hard drive via USB on their existing HD set-top box to have a fully functional DVR facility. The MediaHighway middleware […]

February 27, 2008

Kangaroo jump for June

The planned video-on-demand joint venture service from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, is set for a June launch. The news leaked after the BBC asked DoubleClick, the online advertising technology provider, to ask its aency clients to attend a briefing. ITV or Channel 4 will sell the ads for the venture that will act […]

February 27, 2008

iPlayer dominating downloads

BBC iPlayer is already looking dominant in the UK download market. Traffic for ITV’s broadband TV service has remained flat over the past two months, while the BBC’s rival iPlayer offering has seen massive growth following a major marketing push. ITV.com’s video traffic hit a peak in November but has dropped off slightly since then. […]

February 27, 2008