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Commission: updating TV rules slow and too much red tape

The European Commission says one year after the entry into force of a new EU Directive meant to liberalise TV rules and remove outdated and bureaucratic restrictions on the provision of digital TV over the Internet, video on demand and mobile TV in Europe, EU Member States have made little progress in adapting national rules. […]

December 19, 2008

blinkx offers rich metadata solution

Video search engine blinkx has unveiled an Enhanced Metadata Enrichment solution for publishers, as part of the blinkx Advanced Media Platform. Based on patent-protected technology, the blinkx Advanced Media Platform enables media publishers and aggregators to manage and monetise video content to its greatest potential. “An Enhanced Metadata Enrichment solution does more than just help […]

December 18, 2008

Four options for C4 funding

The UK government is considering four options to solve Channel 4’s funding crisis, including privatisation and a potential tie-up with BBC Worldwide. Lord Carter, minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, is likely to outline his proposals when the interim report of his Digital Britain panel is published at the end of January. Ofcom is scheduled […]

December 18, 2008

UK pay-TV “better placed than rest of Europe”

According to analyst firm Screen Digest's Head of TV, Guy Bisson, Sky TV's pay television business in the UK is well placed to weather a recession. Bisson believes the company will maintain its customer growth, control churn and maintain ARPU. Other pay-TV operators in Europe will not be so fortunate: Spain is already showing the […]

December 18, 2008

Digital TV close to 90%

Findings released by UK comms regulator Ofcom indicate that 88.2 per cent of households have digital TV on their main sets, up from 84.8 per cent on the year. Other key findings in Ofcom's Q3 digital television update reveal that the total number of households with digital terrestrial television (DTT) reached 17.2 million, up from […]

December 18, 2008

Bleak outlook for 2009 Web ad-spend

A report by research firm eMarketer has forecast that UK Internet ad spend growth will diminish by more than 50 per cent in 2009 and predicted that the digital media sector will not fully recover from the economic downturn until the London Olympics in 2012. eMarketer predicts that the Internet will continue to outperform other […]

December 18, 2008

Tata Sky reaches 3m

NDS, provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has revealed that Tata Sky, provider of Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite pay-TV services in India, has achieved a major milestone in reaching 3 million subscribers within a period of just 27 months. The latest 1 million subscribers were gained in just seven months. The Tata Sky platform is […]

December 17, 2008

NetPlay TV Freeview Channel

NetPlay TV, the interactive gaming company, has confirmed the acquisition of a DTT licence to operate a 24 hour Freeview Channel. NetPlay TV plc is the first interactive gaming company to secure a dedicated Freeview channel. With effect from 8th January 2009 the Company will broadcast its services, including Supercasino.com and Live Bingo on Freeview […]

December 17, 2008

Polish cellcos joint bid for DVB-licence

Poland's four mobile operators have united to bid for a DVB-licence. According to Wirtualne Media, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), P4 (Play), Polkomtel and PTK Centertel (Orange) will each hold a 25 per cent stake in the new joint venture. The move follows a ruling last week by Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) […]

December 17, 2008

BT Phorm trial concludes

BT has concluded its delayed trial of the controversial behavioural ad targeter Phorm and hopes to roll out the service to its ISP customers. Phorm told the market: "The trial achieved its primary objective of testing all the elements necessary for a larger deployment, including the serving of small volumes of targeted advertising. There will […]

December 16, 2008