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Setanta seeks funds

Irish sports pay broadcaster Setanta has held a fresh round of talks with private equity firms in a bid to raise up to £100 million (E110m) following the pay-television company's…

Italy ends sales of TV sets without DTT decoders

From Branislav Pekic in Rome From April 3rd, only TV sets with integrated digital terrestrial television decoders will be on sale in Italy. The move is the result of the…

Time Warner: TV and Web ads should match

Viewers should see the same commercials during television shows on the Web as they do on traditional TV, Time Warner Cable Chief Operating Officer Landel Hobbs said. At sites like…

Sorrell: Media world changed for ever

From Colin Mann in Cannes Attaining global, multiplatform reach will prove to be essential if companies hope to see their way through the current economic difficulties intact, WWP Group chief…

C4 – C5 merger could happen

Dawn Airey chairman and chief executive of Channel Five, has claimed that the government “has begun to recognise” the potential value of a merger between her organisation and Channel 4.…

Euro TV: 5587 channels and counting

Recent data from the MAVISE TV database, developed for the DG Communication of the European Commission by the European Audiovisual Observatory, shows the continued expansion of television channels in the…

Interactive television delivers

ActiveVideo Networks has declared that measurement of audience viewing and usage habits from field deployments shows how interactive television is finally generating new revenue for cable system operators and programmers.…

Telefonica / Vivendi 'variable' bid for Digital+

The joint-venture of Telefónica and Vivendi has tabled another bid for Sogecable’s satellite pay-TV operator Digital+ in the long running sale saga. The amount eventually paid will reflect Digital's future…

Disney into Hulu?

US press reports say Disney is considering an equity stake in Hulu and distributing its content via the News Corp / NBC Universal service. It is thought Disney would want…

Al Jazeera programming goes global

From Colin Mann in Cannes Al Jazeera Network, the Middle East-headquartered international broadcaster, is significantly stepping-up the distribution of its feature programmes. It will be offering a range of its…

Blockbuster on TiVo

Blockbuster, global film rental outfit and TiVo, are joining forces to deliver Blockbuster's library of digital movie titles directly to the television set via TiVo DVRs. Blockbuster OnDemand, featuring content…

'Regular' TV watching still strong

According to a study released by the Council for Research Excellence and funded by Nielsen, TV watching has not waned in the US despite the emergence of mobile phones, iPods,…

Netflix movie ratings on Facebook

Netflix is the latest media company to integrate with social networking website Facebook. Starting this week, Netflix users can use Facebook Connect – software that links individual Facebook pages to…

Astra extends European reach

From Colin Mann in London Satellite operator SES Astra has significantly increased its reach in Europe, particularly in France, Ukraine and the UK, and is now broadcasting to 122 million…

Freeview NZ developments

Freeview in New Zealand has welcomed two major developments that have taken place in NZ Digital Television. The first is the news yesterday that TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7 are…