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Virgin 1: 'Proper telly'

Virgin Media is aiming to position its channel as a destination for 'proper telly'. The launch campaign aims to promote the Virgin 1 channel on satellite, cable and Freeview ahead…

MTG new Scandinavian Pay-TV packages

Modern Times Group (MTG) is restructuring the Viasat DTH satellite pay-TV offerings in Scandinavia. Viewers will now have more than 20 different options of how they structure their pay-TV channel…

Free FOX shows on iTunes

Fox and Apple have reached an agreement to offer free downloads of the shows Fox is trying to promote for the widely covered US sweeps season. Episodes of five new…

US VoD two hours a day by 2012

Within the next five years, Americans will be spending more than a third of their daily TV-viewing time watching on-demand programs rather than regularly scheduled shows and events, according to…

Longer ad breaks for the UK?

UK Television could soon have longer advertising breaks under proposals being considered by Ofcom. ITV1, Channel 4 and Five are currently not allowed to show more than an average of…

First HD DTT channel in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid An Interactive HD Consortium (Alta Definicion Interactiva 2006) is launching the first HD DTT channel in Spain, Campus HD, whose tests transmissions can be…

Advertisers eavesdrop

Pudding Media, a start-up based in California has introduced an Internet phone service that will be supported by advertising related to what people are talking about in their calls. But…

Thai cable and Nielsen

The Thailand Cable TV Association is hoping that the ratings agency Nielsen will agree to measure audiences for local satellite TV channels to help them better position their content with…

Sogecable 3play to boost subscribers

Spain’s Sogecable, is getting into broadband and voice telephony in an attempt to bolster its subscriber base and boost the country’s lagging pay TV sector. From November it will join…

Andorra first switch-off

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Principality of Andorra, a small country located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France, has just switched off its…

The History Channel on demand in Korea

The History Channel has made its Video on Demand debut in Korea following recently signed agreements with Gretech and Hanaro Telecom. Through the deal with Gretech, The History Channel has…

$41bn online and mobile advertising by 2011

MultiMedia Intelligence has reported that the new media opportunity of Internet advertising, Internet TV, IPTV advertising, mobile TV advertising and in-game advertising will grow to $41 billion (E29bn) worldwide by…

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…

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…

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…

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…