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Pay-TV grows 15.2% in Venezuela

At the end of 2010, pay-TV, either via cable or satellite, grew 15.2 per cent (333,000) over the year in Venezuela and reached a total of 2.52 million homes. Some 37 per cent of all Venezuelan homes now subscribe to pay-TV. The subscriber base grew from 2,192,519 in December 2009 to 2,526,050 in 2010. In […]

March 11, 2011By Chris Forrester

Cumulus to buy Citadel for $2.5bn

Two of the largest radio station operators in the US are to combine, with Cumulus Media agreeing to buy Citadel Broadcasting for $2.5 billion. The deal will bring together almost 600 radio stations in 120 markets across the country, giving Cumulus a presence in eight of the top 10 markets. Cumulus chief executive Lew Dickey […]

March 11, 2011

BSkyB and C4 mull Hunt’s national TV plan

BSkyB and Channel 4 have confirmed they have submitted expressions of interest in the proposed national TV network that’s at the centre of UK Culture Secretary’s Jeremy Hunt’s plan to deliver local news. BSkyB said it is interested in assisting local television through broadband distribution, by viewers using the existing yellow button on the electronic […]

March 10, 2011

Omnicom deals target online ads

Global marketing service group Omnicom has struck what it claims are industry-first partnerships with AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft, to gain direct access to the Internet companies’ consumer data. The deals, which follow a similar agreement with Google last year, will give Omnicom’s agencies the ability to target advertising to particular locations, ages and demographics across […]

March 10, 2011

New ATIS standards for content on demand

ATIS has released two important new standards created by the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), a global expert in IPTV standards development. The IPTV Content on Demand Service (ATIS-0800042) specifies functions and interfaces for the delivery of an IPTV Content on Demand (CoD) Service in a managed IP network. The other standard is Managing the […]

March 10, 2011

Facebook film rentals

Warner Bros has confirmed it will begin testing an offer of selected movies for purchase or rental through Warner Bros Entertainment’s Facebook movie Pages. Consumers will be able to use Facebook Credits to buy or rent a title, all while staying connected to Facebook. Starting immediately, millions of fans who “Liked” Christopher Nolan’s film “The […]

March 9, 2011

ITV web only series

ITV is to launch a series of exclusive online episodes to supplement its second series of The Only Way Is Essex. People must register on itv.com to view the episodes, or can buy them on iTunes. ITV is also to launch two short-form episodes, one aimed at women, the other at men, exclusively on Facebook. […]

March 9, 2011

Intelsat reports “solid” 2010

Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services has reported results for the three months and year ended December 31st, 2010. Intelsat reported revenue of $644.0 million and a net loss of $115.8 million for the three months ended December 31st, 2010.  It reported revenue of $2.5 billion and a net loss of $505.5 […]

March 9, 2011

News Corp: “We don’t have to do [Sky] deal”

In the opening skirmish of the ‘spin wars’ that will characterise negotiations, Chase Carey, Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man at News Corp, told delegates at Deutsche Bank’s Media & Telecoms conference that while News Corp wanted to do the deal to buy the remaining 61 per cent in BSkyB that it did not already own, but […]

March 8, 2011By Chris Forrester

NBC rolls out PictureBox online in UK

NBC Universal has launched PictureBox online  – its subscription movies on-demand service available through Samsung Internet-connected TVs and the iPad. The PictureBox Player, developed by video provider SyncTV, will offer the same content currently available via the existing service – distributed via Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Top Up TV and BT Vision. It features around […]

March 8, 2011