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Comcast homes in on NBC stake

Comcast may seal a deal to buy a controlling stake in NBC Universal from General Electric within the next week say US reports. The deal, which values NBC Universal at…

STV sues ITV for £35m

STV, Scotland’s ITV licensee, has launched a £35m (E39m) legal action against ITV plc that includes claims of abuses in TV ad sales and video-on-demand rights. Also, the company said…

DirecTV shows subs gains

DirecTV Group was one of the few pay-TV companies to gain subscribers in the third quarter, though earnings stayed steady because of the higher costs it incurred attracting and serving…

Majority of Netflix subs use streaming

Nearly two-thirds of Netflix subscribers have tried out the company’s 'Watch Instantly' streaming service, and more than half use it at least once a month, according to a survey released…

CBS lifts advertising rates

US broadcaster CBS has said it is managing to charge advertisers double the rates of a year ago for short-notice bookings, adding that it was cancelling promotions for its own…

CIMM audience measurement to meet with STB data firms

The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement has confirmed it will meet with five of the research firms currently providing set-top box data as a first step towards figuring out how…

Boxer goes triple play

DTT operater Boxer has announced plans to add broadband and telephony; Boxer Trippel will be launched initially in Sweden in early 2010. Per Norman, CEO says "Our customers want broadband…

Asia TV subs higher than rest of world combined

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has published new data for subscription TV penetration across the Asia Pacific, noting that the region now has 326 million pay-TV,…

File sharers also biggest content spenders

People who download music illegally also spend an average of £77 (E85)a year buying it legitimately, a survey has found, while those who claimed not to use peer-to-peer filesharing sites…

Lord Burns named C4 chairman

Ofcom has confirmed that Lord Burns will be the next chairman of Channel 4, and will join the broadcaster’s board immediately for a handover period before Luke Johnson’s departure in…

ITV sees ads strengthening

Signs of an improvement in Britain's television advertising market emerged after ITV forecast that it would end the year with the best rate of advertising growth since 2007, and reported…

Eutelsat sees growth

Eutelsat has reported that it's Q3 profits grew 11.6 per cent to E226.7 million. Video Applications registered sustained increases in revenue (+8.5 per cent) to E180.8 million. TV channels broadcast…

BBC iPlayer on Freesat this month

The BBC has confirmed that it will start beta testing its popular iPlayer service on Freesat from the end of this month. BBC's iPlayer debuted on Virgin Media's cable service…

Telecom Italia Media gives up on sale of digital multiplexes

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Board of Directors of Telecom Italia Media has decided to suspend the process of selling TIMB (Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting) which operates two national…

Thomson iDTV for Canal+ VOD

Canal+ and TV set manufacturer TCL have unveiled the first Thomson TV set allowing direct access to the CanalPlay video on demand platform. The partnership, unprecedented in France, represents a…