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Freesat iPlayer goes beta

Freesat has revealed that the beta of BBC iPlayer has now been expanded to all set top boxes manufactured by Humax. A code (5438) for the trial has been released…

Call for pre-9pm ban on alcohol TV ads

A committee of MPs has called for a ban on alcohol advertising before 9pm on UK television. The report, by the House of Commons health select committee, argues that restrictions…

Online ad tax in France

Major online search providers may face a tax on advertising revenue in France under proposals being examined by French president Nicolas Sarkozy to help save creative industries from a “free-for-all”…

CSA authorises push VOD trials

French broadcasting regulator the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has authorised digital operator TV Numéric together with broadcast transmission specialist TDF, and TDF, together with four DTT services (TF1, France…

600,000 UK satellite dishes left dormant

Over half a million households across the UK have access to a satellite TV dish which they don't use, even though they are capable of receiving subscription-free, HD, digital satellite…

Dailymotion broadband TV advertising formats

Online video portal Dailymotion has announced interactive advertising formats for its broadband TV and IPTV channels. The announcement follows the successful launch of Dailymotion's iPhone app and expands its ad-supported…

Apple buys mobile ad company

Apple has agreed to buy Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising and publishing company. The move puts Apple in head-to-head competition with Google which just unveiled its new Nexus One phone…

Misleading Sky+ ad banned

A TV ad for Sky has been banned for suggesting that the switchover to digital TV sets would be technologically complex if consumers did not sign up with the satellite…

Oz Freesat

Australia government is to build a free-to-air digital-satellite platform to extand reception of digital TV in rural areas. The federal government is committing A$40 million per year over four years…

InOutTV and Electra launch interactive TV platform

InOutTV and Electra have entered into a long term partnership to offer broadcast and connected interactive television services to consumers in Spain over DVB-T (DTT). Nationwide service availability will commence…

Portugal digital subs grow

Portugal had 2.44 million TV subscribers at the end of September after adding 71,000 subs during the third quarter of 2009 with subscriber growth across all platforms, according to regulator…

New TV gamer alliance

Accedo, Betfair, PlayJam, RallyPoint and Two Way Media are establishing a new forum for the development of games on connected TV it was announced at CES. They say online games…

Italy earmarks E53m to promote DSO

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Italian Government has allocated a fund of E53.5 million for promoting the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial in 2010. E12 million will be…

Product placement backlash

There is fierce opposition from medical groups, teaching unions and children’s charities to UK plans to allow products to be used in television programmes for marketing purposes for the first…

Disney for Apple TV online subscriptions?

ABC and CBS networks are considering joining a the proposed Apple TV online subscription venture first floated last month. ABC is a unit of the Walt Disney Company, which could…