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Netplay buys Bingo

Netplay TV beefed up its position in the online bingo market by buying Bingos.com, a pan-European online operator with 1m registered players. The UK Aim-listed interactive gaming company paid £6.25m…

Mediaset's DTT 2.4 million subs

From Branislav Pekic from Rome Mediaset's digital terrestrial PPV service, Mediaset Premium, had 2.42m active subscribers on March 5, a net addition of 353.00 new clients compared to the 2.067m…

Neuf Cegetel VOD

Neuf Cegetel is building on its successful experience and acquiring direct broadcasting rights to become a publisher of its own video-on-demand service, Neuf VOD. Neuf Cegetel signed with the main…

Cable must get interactive act together

Interactive television won’t succeed until cable companies reach agreement on measurement standards, according to Starcom MediaVest executives. The initiative undertaken by six major cable companies, called Canoe, is a step…

BBC plugs iPlayer hole

The BBC says it has plugged a loophole that let viewers download shows from its iPlayer without any copy protection. The web-based iPhone edition of the TV catch-up service downloads…

Inuk chooses Edgeware platform

From Colin Mann at the IPTV World Forum in London Edgeware, supplier of server systems for on-demand TV, has revealed that triple-play service provider Inuk Networks has selected the Orbit…

Thomson launches push VOD

From Colin Mann at the IPTV World Forum in London Media, entertainment and communications technologist Thomson has launched new modules to its Smartvision video service platform designed to deliver video…

DirecTV VOD

The No. 1 satellite-TV provider is testing its own version of an on-demand movies and television service that it plans to launch in the second quarter. DirecTV On Demand uses…

Astra claims 9m+ German DTH

Astra says it has added 1.72 million households in Germany to bring the total number of DTH homes reached to 9.75 million. In total, Germany had 36.98 million analogue and…

Neilsen in cable STBs

Nielsen will offer a new service that uses cable set-top boxes to shed light on people’s TV-viewing habits. Under the deal with Charter Communications, Nielsen receives information from 320,000 households…

Ofcom drops PSP

The Ofcom chief executive, Ed Richards, has confirmed the UK regulator is to abandon plans for a “public service publisher”. He said the idea had “served its purpose” in shifting…

Canal+ Catch Up

French pay TV group Canal Plus has launched its On Demand service. Subscribers to the group’s basic Canal Plus le Bouquet package will now have access to every show aired…

Internet beating TV for kids’ attention

TV, loses to the internet as a kids media, according to a study on social networking by Grunwald Associates, an independent research firm that specialises in new media market intelligence.…

DTT in 30% of Spanish homes

From David Del Valle in Madrid According to the latest report from Pro DTT Association Impulsa TDT 29.2 per cent Spanish homes (there are 15 million TV households in the…

Freeview sales hit all-time high

Freeview has confirmed that sales for 2007 hit an all-time high with 9.7 million Freeview branded products sold, up 64 per cent year-on-year. The Q4 figures also reflect the success…

Tandberg powers VOD for Multimedia Polska

Tandberg Television has confirmed that its OpenStream Digital Services platform has been fully deployed by Multimedia Polska to power its entire on-demand (VOD) services. Multimedia Polska has over 600,000 customers…