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MPAA sues sites

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has filed suit against two Web sites that it claims are allowing Internet users to view pirated films, many of which are still in theatres. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the major studios, seeks to shut cinematube.net and ssupload.com from further infringing on the copyrights of the MPAA […]

October 1, 2007

Chellomedia and HIT global pre-school channel

Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, and HIT Entertainment, independent children's entertainment producer and rights owner, have confirmed a joint venture to launch an international pre-school TV channel. At the same time, Chellomedia has separately acquired JimJam, the leading pre-school channel, which is currently available in Italy on the Sky Italia platform. Together, […]

September 28, 2007

Tilgin IPTV solutions for Ericsson

Tilgin, provider of customer premises equipment (CPE) for advanced triple play and IMS-based services, has agreed with Ericsson to provide pre-integrated IPTV set-top boxes. The agreement will see Tilgin IPTV set-top boxes being pre-integrated into Ericsson’s IPTV end-to-end solutions. Tilgin will supply IPTV set-top box solutions from the Mood 300 and Mood 400 series that […]

September 28, 2007

Google targets Europe

Internet search giant Google is planning a dramatic expansion of its operations in Europe, aiming to recruit several thousand engineers over the next three years to create a research and development team as large as its US unit. The move is partly a bid by the search giant to redefine its image on the continent, […]

September 28, 2007

Broadband pay-video market growth

The number of paying users of online video sites has grown significantly between 2006 and 2007, new research from Parks Associates indicates. “Broadband Video: A Market Update” finds that the number of broadband households paying for online video content now stands at nearly 12 million, up from a little more than three million in 2005-2006. […]

September 28, 2007

Bazalgette leaves Endemol

Peter Bazalgette is stepping down at Endemol as Chief Creative Officer. Marco Bassetti will become COO. Bazalgette will continue as an advisor to the Endemol board.

September 28, 2007

IPTV pushes Spain’s pay-TV forward

From David Del Valle in Madrid The booming IPTV market is boosting the growth of the pay-TV in Spain. Over the last year, pay-TV captured 275,000 new clients up to a total of 3.5 million pay-TV subscribers in the country, with a penetration rate of 22.3 per cent, according to the latest report produced by […]

September 28, 2007

Liberty CEO says DirecTV-EchoStar merger unlikely

Greg Maffei, CEO and president of Liberty Media, said his company’s deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to gain control of DirecTV will give real market leverage to the Liberty’s media distribution holdings – but it’s unlikely the Government would let Liberty merge DirecTV with EchoStar. Analysts have speculated that such a merger could succeed […]

September 28, 2007

Internet video good for IPTV

An Internet Video Report for IPTV Service Providers from MRG has investigated how IPTV can leverage both professionally-developed and user-generated video content to reduce churn and generate revenue. “We've found that using Internet Video is a tremendous opportunity if it's tailored around the IPTV operator's local market,” states Len Feldman, Director of IPTV Analysis for […]

September 28, 2007

FOX news online with Maven

FOX news and Maven Networks, an Internet-TV-platform company, are teaming up on a new broadband-video-distribution system for the news network. Fox News will roll out Maven's technology company wide: All video content on Fox News Web sites, including FOXnews.com and the Web site for the upcoming FOX business network, will run on Maven's platform.

September 28, 2007