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Ofcom’s local TV options

Ofcom says the Government has made clear that establishing Local TV in the UK is a policy priority and has set up the Shott enquiry to examine what conditions might be necessary to make Local TV commercially viable. Following discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Nicholas Shott and his team, it […]

September 22, 2010

Over 25% of UK homes have completed switchover

More than a quarter of UK homes are in areas that have completed the switchover from analogue to digital TV.  Figures show that around 6.92 million – or 26 per cent of homes – have now completed the switchover process. Earlier this year Wales became the UK’s first digital TV nation when the analogue signal […]

September 22, 2010

KidsCo in CEE

KidsCo, the international children’s channel has secured an exclusive distribution agreement with Russian distribution agency, Pleiades Multimedia, to represent the channel across Russia, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia. Pleiades Multimedia will market KidsCo’s content for cable TV distribution, VOD and linear TV on cable and IPTV. The deal follows the channel’s strategic expansion into Central Eastern […]

September 22, 2010

Mockeridge attacks Mediaset

Sky Italia and Mediaset are back in their war of words with Sky CEO Tom Mockridge writing to the press to accuse Mediaset of dominating the Italian TV and arguing that “more freedom in the TV sector” was needed to encourage competition. Mockridge says Mediaset controlled 65 per cent of advertising revenue. Mediaset chairman Fedele […]

September 21, 2010

Kabel Deutschland: “solid top line”

Germany‘s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is looking to issue more shares. Bankers Morgan Stanley supports the move. Indeed, in a note to investors the bank says the cable giant has “robust prospects” and advises clients to stay ‘overweight’ given its forecast of a 16 per cent upside to its E31 a share target […]

September 21, 2010By Chris Forrester

Mobistar TV on Astra

SES Astra has announced that the Belgian telecom provider Mobistar has launched a new “Mobistar TV” offer that will include digital and HD TV channels received from the Astra satellites. The satellite TV offer, including Flemish national channels and a wide range of European free-to-air channels, will be integrated into a fully-hybrid DSL/ DTH solution, […]

September 21, 2010

Rovi and Apple tie for IPG

Rovi, has announced a multiyear patent-licensing agreement with Apple. Apple is gearing up to ship Apple TV, a device that will let users rent TV shows and movies and play back content purchased through iTunes, starting later this month for a list price of $99. Rovi claims to have an intellectual-property portfolio comprising more than […]

September 21, 2010

Netflix Canadian streaming only service

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings will be in this week to launch an online video subscription service that will allow Canadians to download their favourite movies and TV shows for a monthly fee. Entering the Canadian market is Netflix’s first foreign expansion. Netflix’s new offering will be only online streaming, with no physical DVD […]

September 21, 2010

Zune ’3 screen’ goes international

Microsoft is taking its Zune service international to offer a “three-screen” music and movie service, across its games console, PCs and mobile phones. Consumers will be able to buy and rent movies, download tracks as MP3s or access an “unlimited” music streaming service, all under Microsoft’s Zune entertainment brand. Microsoft believes its Windows Phone 7 […]

September 21, 2010

Movistar Imagenio launch HD VOD

Telefonica-owned IPTV service Movistar Imagenio has launched a High Definition VOD service called Imagenio Videoclub de Movistar, available for all fixed broadband clients. A wide range of content -HD content, documentaries, cinema, TV series, concerts, children programmes- have been made available for subscribers at prices from E0.49 cents to E6. HD films will cost between […]

September 20, 2010From David Del Valle in Madrid