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Arsenal signs for Setanta

Arsenal and Setanta have signed a six-year deal for a club channel to be screened on the satellite broadcaster, providing the Premier League club with a new income stream for…

Arqiva satellite distribution network to enable Freesat

Arqiva has been awarded a contract by the BBC to help bring Freesat, the free-to-air digital TV platform, to air by March 2008. Arqiva will provide the BBC with an…

ICASA new pay-TV licence holders

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed the winning bidders of the new commercial satellite and cable subscription broadcasting licences. The only surprise was the withdrawal of…

Media think-tank for UK

James Purnell, the UK's culture secretary, has announced a new convergence think-tank made up of experts from both inside and outside government. The first task of the think-tank will be…

TV Cabo to add 15 new TV channels

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portuguese pay-TV operator TV Cabo will launch 15 new channels by the end of the year, taking the total number to 103. Currently, TV Cabo…

ITV double income by 2012

Michael Grade, executive chairman of ITV outlined a five-year, self-funding strategy to increase revenue, improve programming and expand its online audience. Grade's plan – envisaging a doubling of income from…

Virgin pushes red button for BBC

From the end of September, Virgin Media will offer its subscribers the opportunity to interact with BBC radio content through red button technology. Listeners will be able to access track…

TN to produce Setanta Sports News

UK commercial TV news provider ITN is to produce Setanta Sports News when it goes on air later this year. The channel, backed by Setanta Sports and Virgin Media, will…

Spain: pay-TV on DTT?

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish TV networks are considering launching pay-TV services and content on the free-to-air digital terrestrial platform following the Italy’s example. They have been…

Sky uses Entriq to expand choice

Entriq has confirmed that BSkyB will use its services to support the delivery of pay-per-view television content. The EST (electronic sell-through) service will enable Sky to offer pay-per-view content via…

Sony VOD deal with ITI

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed a video on demand (VOD) agreement with ITI Neovision, part of the ITI Group, the Polish media and television entertainment company. The deal…

4oD expands download window

Channel 4’s video-on-demand service 4oD will now allow users to download shows up to 30 days after transmission, an increase from the seven-day cut-off point. Users will be able to…

BBC on Xbox?

Xbox Live users could soon be watching BBC programmes via their console after Microsoft revealed it is in discussions with the broadcaster. Senior director for media at Microsoft Ross Honey…

Spain approves analogue switch-off timetable

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish cabinet has approved a digital migration plan to progressively carry out the analogue switch-off from next year to April 2010. The analogue…

UPC says hello Moto, Tandberg

From Colin Mann in Amsterdam Triple play operator UPC Broadband has selected solutions from Motorola and Tandberg Television, to power its Video on Demand (VOD) services in The Netherlands. Already…