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C4 shuts red button and mobile ad depts

Channel 4 is to shut down its red button and mobile ad departments as part of its plans to save £100m (E127m) over the next two years. Channel 4 will…

Road map for France switchover

France's minister for the digital economy Eric Besson, has set out the roadmap for analogue digital switchover. The aim is to achieve switch off by the end of November 2011.…

blinkx Partners with ExitReality

Video search engine blinkx has formed a partnership with ExitReality, the company 'that converts the Web into three dimensions.' Users of ExitReality will now have access to millions of hours…

DirecTV 3Q earnings rise 14%

DirecTV Group, America’s largest DTH operator with over 17 million customers, has reported that Q3 earnings rose 14 per cent, fuelled by growth in subscribers, higher prices and lower capital…

Portugal launches 5th TV channel tender

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Portuguese Government has announced a tender that will award a license to a new free-to-air TV channel, which will be distributed exclusively by digital…

Portugal launches 5th TV channel tender

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Portuguese Government has announced a tender that will award a license to a new free-to-air TV channel, which will be distributed exclusively by digital…

Orange drops Phorm

Behavioural ad targeting network Phorm has lost another likely client – Orange has decided against it on privacy grounds. Orange's online ads SVP Paul-François Fournier said: "Privacy is in our…

Google commission for video ads

Google is to introduce agency commission for video advertising to encourage increased investment and progress within the sector. The company says it will launch an “incentivisation programme” to show Google’s…

BSkyB won't have to sell all ITV stake

Virgin Media has had a competition tribunal appeal rejected that, if upheld, could have resulted in rival pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB being forced to sell its entire 17.9 per cent stake…

ABC VOD on Verizon

Disney-ABC Television Group and Verizon are making ABC’s video-on-demand offering available to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the US. ABC’s new content joins Verizon FiOS TV’s VOD library, which offers…

TPSA DTH launch

Polish telco TPSA has finally launched its new DTH service. It comes as part of a package called neostrada tp z telewizja that includes internet access at speeds ranging from…

Sky rapped over Virgin ads

BSkyB has been criticised by media watchdog Ofcom for breaching advertising rules during its' channel carriage dispute with Virgin Media cable. Virgin complained about a series of ads referring to…

Netflix rolls out 2nd generation media player

Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service announced it has begun the deployment of Microsoft Silverlight to enhance the instant watching component of the Netflix service and to allow…

Spain’s pay-TV to grow 16.5% a year to 2012

From David Del Valle in Madrid Despite the current pay-TV deadlock in the country, the latest report by PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast that the market will experience a 16.5 per cent annual…

BSkyB faces 'a perfect storm'

BskyB is facing a "perfect storm" according to a melodramatic note from broker Collin's Stewart on the day Sky shares plumbed a three-year low. The on-coming recession, threats from changing…

China digital ad spend boom

The Chinese love affair with the Internet will see digital ad spend increase 40 per cent to $5.2 billion next year, making the booming Asian online economy roughly the same…