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ITV sees further fall in revenues

ITV saw its revenues decline 14 per cent in the first three months of this year, and said it now intended to cut costs by a further £40 million (E46m) in 2010. The firm, which announced 600 job cuts two months ago, said revenues for the January to March period totalled £425 million, down from […]

May 15, 2009

Eutelsat sales increase

France’s Eutelsat, the world’s third-largest satellite operator, has raised its full-year revenue targets after posting a 5.6 per cent increase in third-quarter sales. The company said it now expected full-year sales of E925 million against E910 million previously forecast. The group had already raised its revenue guidance from E900 million to E910 million three months […]

May 15, 2009

Premiere drops subs

Germany's Premiere increased first quarter losses of E80 million, against E28.1m in Q1 2008. It lost 28,000 subscribers on the quarter, for a total of 2,371,000. ARPU was up E1 at E23.86m. The churn rate was steady but at a high 22.4%. The company said it expects to reverse its decline in subscriber numbers in […]

May 15, 2009

UKTV Food becomes Good Food

The agreement, negotiated between UKTV and BBC Worldwide, the owner of Good Food magazine, permits UKTV to rebrand its channel, associated website, as well as commercial and promotional activity to the new brand name. Launching with the strapline “We have fun with food”, Good Food aims to target upmarket 25 to 44 year-olds searching for […]

May 13, 2009

BBC readies iPlayer 3

The BBC has revealed plans for the next-generation of its online video service, the iPlayer, which include increased functionality and recommendation possibilities. The BBC's Director of Future Media and Technology, Eric Huggers, told members of the Broadcasting Press Guild that the new service would be as much a "you player as an iPlayer." Among the […]

May 13, 2009

DVD still favoured over downloading

According to The NPD Group, watching movies and other video content on DVD and Blu-ray Disc comprises the lion's share of home-video acquisition and viewing, even as newer digital methods are beginning to gain a foothold in the consumer market. DVD and Blu-ray sales and rentals represented 88 per cent of consumer spending on home […]

May 13, 2009

BBC C4 deal would make £200m

A commercial partnership being negotiated between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 would generate annual turnover of £800m (E895m) and a profit of £200m, John Smith, the chief executive of BBC Worldwide, told the House of Lords communications committee. That partnership would include the corporation’s commercial arm’s UK assets, including its 50% stake in the UKTV […]

May 13, 2009

Setanta's Premier League audiences rise

Setanta has revealed that subscriber growth has increased the size of the audiences it is attracting for football games broadcast this season. The average audience for Barclays Premier League games shown live on Setanta this year is up by 36.3 per cent on the previous season. The biggest games – such as January's derby between […]

May 13, 2009

Canvas responds to Sky criticism

The BBC Trust and the companies behind Project Canvas, the proposed video-on-demand joint venture between the BBC, BT and ITV, have replied to BSkyB’s criticisms of the venture (ATV 13/5/09). Project Canvas said: “The enormous consumer benefits that internet-powered TV can bring should not be restricted to paying customers. An open, standards-based platform that enables […]

May 13, 2009

BSkyB rips in to Canvas

BSkyB has heavily criticised the BBC Trust’s decision not to conduct a full market impact review of Project Canvas, the broadband TV joint venture with ITV and BT, and says the Trust needs to demonstrate it is genuinely independent of the service it is meant to regulate. Sky also believes the project, which aims to […]

May 12, 2009