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XM, Sirius still hanging on for merger

XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio extended their merger agreement until May 1, agreeing not to exercise their right to terminate the deal. There had been a March 1 trigger for unwinding the proposal if it had not received an OK from the JJustice is expected to come first, but FCC chairman Kevin Martin […]

March 5, 2008

Multimedia Polska deploys Harmonic

Harmonic has confirmed that Multimedia Polska, a leading cable and IPTV service provider in Poland with more than 600,000 subscribers, has deployed Harmonic’s on-demand solutions for its new video-on-demand (VOD) service launched in September 2007. Multimedia Polska is the first cable operator in Poland to roll out VOD, and the service, initially available in six […]

March 5, 2008

Brazilian DTT low take up

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Despite the fact that DTT broadcasts launched in Brazil only three months ago, there is widespread dissatisfaction regarding take-up. Broadcasters and manufacturers have accused the government of not fullfilling its promises, as well as overtaxing the industry. On the other hand, manufacturers have come under attack from the government for […]

March 5, 2008

Deutsche Telekom relying on IPTV

Deutsche Telekom has said that sales of television services to broadband customers will help it gain market share. The company wants to offer TV over the Internet to 20 million homes by the end of the year, board member Timotheus Hoettges said. A home entertainment package including about 150 TV channels and 2,600 video-on-demand titles […]

March 5, 2008

Canal+ 2007 net subs up

The total of subscribers in France and its overseas departments and territories and Africa, came to 5.3 million at December 31, 2007, representing an annual net increase of 80,000. The Canal+ 'Le Bouqeut' package recorded 715,000 new home and institutional subscriptions, its best performance in 20 years. The cancellation rate for home subscriptions in France […]

March 5, 2008

FCC DTV education order

Federal Communications Commission has released its digital TV transition education order requiring broadcasters, pay-TV services, retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to promote awareness of the nation’s switch to digital television, set for February 17, 2009. For pay-TV providers like satellite TV and cable, the companies must provide monthly notices about the digital TV transition in […]

March 5, 2008

Virgin channels for sale?

Newspapers in the UK are speculating that Virgin will try and sell its TV channels and its half stake in UKTV. The forecast is based on the company's declared preferred strategy of focussing on marketing its broadband and VOD services. If true it would mark yet another strategic change for Virgin – the company that […]

March 5, 2008

Kudelski sinks on hacks

Kudelski, the world’s largest supplier of digital pay-television smart cards through its Nagravision unit, said profit halved last year and earnings will decline further in 2008. The shares dropped to a five year low. Net income fell to 67.4 million Swiss francs from 138.5 million francs (E87.4m) a year earlier The Switzerland-based company said sales […]

March 5, 2008

Disney launches Stage 9

Disney-ABC Television Group has launched an experimental new media content studio Stage 9 Digital Media. Stage 9 was designed to “bridge the gap between user-generated content and traditional production,” said Ann Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, in a release. It will premiere with a comedy series “Squeegees”, that is […]

March 5, 2008

Tsinghua acquires 40% of BesTV

BesTV, China’s largest provider of IPTV, has agreed to sell a 40 per cent stake to Chinese PC maker Tsinghua Tongfang for 150 million yuan (E13.9m). BesTV, a Web TV service run jointly by Shanghai Media Group and fixed-line telecoms carrier China Telecom Corp, said in a statement Tsinghua’s strong market position would help expand […]

March 5, 2008