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Telecom Italia selling La7?

Widespread reports out of Italy over the weekend suggest that commercial TV channel La7 is to be sold by owner Telecom Italia Media. Two weeks ago, Telecom Italia Media’s shareholders approved last year’s report, which despite recording a decline in overall annual revenue (€238.2 million, down by €20.3 million), it recognised a rise in ad-revenues […]

May 8, 2012By Chris Forrester

Premier League kicks off rights bidding process

The English Premier League (EPL) has made available to interested parties the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for its UK Live audio visual rights spanning seasons 2013/14-2015/16. The ITT describes the packages of rights the Premier League is now inviting bids for: Live rights to a total of 154 matches – split into seven packages. A […]

May 4, 2012By Colin Mann

Free-to-air TV struggling in Australia

The introduction of new digital media is fragmenting media viewing and access patterns, particularly among people aged 15 to 30 years. As a result, free-to-air TV in Australia is struggling to maintain audience numbers and its share of total advertising revenue. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Free […]

April 23, 2012

ESPN offers all-day FA Cup Final

In an affectionate nod to how English football’s showcase match used to be presented by terrestrial broadcasters the BBC and ITV, pay-TV operator ESPN is to bring fans the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool in 3D and commercial-free as part of a full day of live FA Cup programming from Wembley Stadium. […]

April 23, 2012By Colin Mann

Australia: Nine selected for 3D Olympics trials

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has agreed to issue licences to Nine Network Australia, provided certain conditions are met, to conduct trials of 3DTV featuring daily highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games, ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman has confirmed. The ACMA has considered Nine’s applications to use unassigned TV channels for 3DTV trials in […]

April 20, 2012By Colin Mann

Exclusive Shazam deal for ITV

UK commercial broadcaster ITV and media discovery company Shazam have agreed a partnership which will see ITV become the exclusive UK distributor for Shazam functionality in UK broadcast advertising. Under the terms of the deal, ITV Commercial will be the exclusive UK sales force offering advertisers the chance to have their traditional 30-second TV spots […]

April 19, 2012By Colin Mann

Chilean FTA considering pay-TV

Chile’s association of FTA broadcasters is considering launching a pay-TV bouquet on DTT. The Anatel grouping of channels is examining whether a pay-TV platform could exist or rival the existing pay-TV choices available to viewers. There’s a new Bill currently being studied by Chile’s upper house which would permit Anatel to use part of their […]

April 19, 2012By Chris Forrester

Freeview homes now exceed Sky in UK

10.8 million UK homes now have free-to-air digital TV service Freeview on their main sets. Freeview is now in more than 20 million homes in total when second sets are counted. There are now 2.1 million active Freeview HD homes. The numbers emerged in the same press briefing (above) given by Freeview, and which was […]

April 18, 2012By Chris Forrester

NAB’s Smith warns on Internet, spectrum

Delivering the annual NAB State of the Industry address as the 2012 NAB Show got under way, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith warned that while there had been success on two major issues facing broadcasters, the industry should never rest on its laurels. “Working in unity – small and large market stations – networks […]

April 17, 2012

First consumer product from Mobile500 Alliance

The Mobile500 Alliance, a broadcast consortium comprised of 50 member companies covering 94 per cent of US television households, has detailed the business model and enhanced features for Mobile DTV, including new interactive advertising and an improved user experience that features social media integration with Twitter and closed captioning for the hearing impaired. The Mobile500 […]

April 17, 2012