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Sardinia kick-starts Italy switchover

Italy’s communications authority said a deal has been reached between all TV operators in the Sardinia region on how to switchover to DTT. Sardinia is the first of Italy’s 20…

FOX tops Sky Italia ratings

FOX Channels has released its 2007 year-end ratings results for Italy, a market that saw continued growth in pay TV last year. FOX's 12-channel strong entertainment and factual bouquet continued…

BT strikes Disney deal

BT Vision has signed with Disney-ABC to give its customers more than 650 episodes of popular television shows, such as LOST and Ugly Betty, on a pay-per-view basis from 29p…

FCC says wireless auction may be muted

The head of the Federal Communications Commission expressed concern that the credit crunch could hinder bidders in an upcoming government auction of wireless airwaves. Chairman Kevin Martin said that he…

TV on demand audiences rise

More than a third of British viewers regularly watch programmes on-demand instead of relying on traditional TV schedules, according to research. The report from Tiscali shows that 37 per cent,…

Sky boosts Anytime

Sky is to launch its first TV ad promoting Sky Anytime on-demand service as part of a multimillion-pound campaign for Sky Movies. The TV ad for the Sky Anytime PC…

IFC VOD on cable

The Independent Film Channel is launching a new video-on-demand platform for independent films on some major cable systems. Festival Direct will be an on-demand service on Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications,…

Spain’s DTT reaches 10m

From David Del Valle in Madrid One out of every four households in Spain are already connected to DTT, reaching a total of 10 million viewers. However, only 4.6 million…

Portuguese reject DTT subsidies

From Branislav Pekic Rome Portugal's Minister for Parliamentary Issues, responsible for the Social Communications Portfolio, has rejected subsidising DTT decoders, pointing out that the Government does not have the obligation…

Analogue switch-off fails in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain has failed to switch off Local TV analogue transmissions breaking the law that stated that from January 1st all 1,000 existing local TV…

Sony VOD for Belgacom

Sony Pictures has signed a Video-On-Demand agreement with incumbent telecom operator, Belgacom, in Belgium. Through the deal Sony is providing an extensive range of movie content from the Sony Pictures…

No more ads on French public TV?

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris In a surprise announcement President Sarkozy said that the government is looking to drop ads from the public sector television and radio channels. These are…

Increase in US measured advertising

Total US measured advertising spending is projected to increase 4.2 per cent in 2008, according to the full-year forecast released today by TNS Media Intelligence, provider of strategic advertising and…

Sony and Disney buy FilmFlex

FilmFlex, the cable movies VOD service in UK, has been bought by Sony Pictures and Disney. The two studios already owned a third each of the business, and acquired the…

Comcast expands output to 'infinity'

US telco Comcast is set to carry out carry out a mass expansion of its on-demand content service in an attempt to capitalise on shifting television viewing habits. Comcast has…

Pay-TV content war

From David Del Valle in Madrid The main Spanish pay-TV operators Digital Plus (DTH), ONO (cable) and Imagenio (IPTV) are strengthening their programming line-up in a tough fight for capturing…