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Hulu breaks into Top 3 video sites

ComScore has released March 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, showing that US Internet users viewed 14.5 billion online videos during the month, representing an increase of 11…

Internet-enabled TVs in demand

Demand for Internet-enabled televisions is growing rapidly, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The study "Net-Enabled Video: Early Adopters Only?" found that about half of prospective…

Hasbro and Discovery launch TV network

Toy maker Hasbro has formed a joint venture with Discovery Communications to create a TV network with original programming based on Hasbro brands. Hasbro has licensed its brands for a…

HD iPlayer on Virgin Media

The BBC and Virgin Media have confirmed the launch of high definition content on BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media. Virgin Media’s TV customers are now able to watch a selection…

Canal Plus launches Canal Ready

French pay TV group Canal Plus has announced the launch of the new ‘Canal Ready’ label to be placed on new TV equipment. The label is intended to inform consumers…

Phorm on defensive

The UK Home Office has been accused of colluding with online ad firm Phorm on “informal guidance” to the public on whether the company’s service is legal. E-mails between the…

Spain urges single pay DTT STB

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Ministry of Industry has urged TV operators and electronic manufacturers to reach an agreement to market a single set-top-box able to receive pay…

CME takes a tumble

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has announced less than impressive financial results for the three months ended March 31st, 2009. Net revenues for the first quarter of 2009 were $141.2…

IAB updates online standards

The UK Internet Advertising Bureau has updated its best practice guidelines for online video advertising in a bid to standardise usage of ad formats in the emerging sector. The guidelines…

Online ads will grow

Interpublic Group’s Magna forecasts the U.S. market for online video will grow by 32 percent this year, rising from $531 million in 2008 to $699 million in 2009. Brian Wieser,…

NDS licenses Macrovision EPGs

NDS Group has entered into a multiyear licensing agreement for Macrovision Solutions’ electronic programme guide patents. Under the agreement, NDS will be able to offer licensed EPGs to its pay-TV…

Sky long form ‘Green Button’ advertising

To extend the range of creative opportunities available to brands through TV advertising, Sky is launching Green Button advertising, a service which allows viewers to easily watch and access extended…

Global pay STB market to peak in 2012

Screen Digest forecasts that the global pay TV set-top box (STB) market will peak within the next four years, reaching annual shipments of 127 million units in 2012, before the…

Five eye Brazilian DTT multiplex

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Five foreign companies have so far expressed interest in the DTT multiplex operator licence for the Brazilian publicly-owned TV channels. Marubeni (Japan), Next Generation Broadcasting…

Spain: Private TV tax to finance public TV

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish Government looks likely to approve a new tax on private networks to finance national public broadcaster RTVE to compensate the total abolition…

Netflix: More streaming deals coming

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said to expect more Internet streaming deals to come from the movie rental company – both for content and for gadgets that help play back…