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Sony launches movie channel

Sony Movie Channel, the first US multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has launched on Dish Network, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV on linear as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms. Offering uncut and uninterrupted theatrical releases in high definition, Sony Movie Channel showcases titles from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures […]

October 21, 2010

YouView appoints ad agency

YouView is appointing ad agency Clemmow Hornby Inge to handle its £48.4 million (£54m) advertising account. The venture, which has partners including BBC, BT, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5, aims to launch in the first half of next year. YouView will have a marketing budget of almost £50 million for its first four years, […]

October 21, 2010

iPlayer radio launching in December

A BBC-backed radio streaming application with the potential of allowing users access to audio content from more than 400 stations nationwide is to launch in December. The first working version of the UK Radioplayer project – dubbed “the iPlayer for radio” – was unveiled at the annual Radio Festival in Salford. Content from about 50 […]

October 20, 2010

Sony TV goes pay

Sony TV is pulling out of the Spain’s free-to-air DTT market to become a pay-TV channel from the end of this month, widening Sony’s pay-TV offer in the country with three pay TV channels available: AXN, Animax and now Sony TV. “We’ve had second thoughts in our strategy and we have decided that the most […]

October 20, 2010From David del Valle in Madrid

Research: Changing media consumption trends

SAY Media, a modern media company, has published the results of a research project aimed at better understanding consumer media consumption and advertising effectiveness. In addition to uncovering key behavioural changes, the study strove to better understand the implications for marketers trying to reach this desirable, growing audience. Consumers who’ve shifted the majority of their […]

October 20, 2010

Ofcom’s YouView light is amber, not green

There have been plenty of headlines in the UK suggesting that Ofcom has “approved” YouView, the BBC-backed video-on-demand service. “Not so,” implies Tony Ballard, a media lawyer at Harbottle & Lewis. Ofcom has said that any investigation now would be “premature” because it was part of an emerging sector, its impact too unclear at this […]

October 19, 2010

‘Zombie’ satellite still a threat

Intelsat’s uncontrolled Galaxy-15 craft is still posing a threat to broadcasting satellites which are in its path. Galaxy-15 was probably affected by a solar flare back in April and cannot be controlled from the ground. It is drifting steadily – and predictably – along an orbital arc and while there is little chance of collision […]

October 19, 2010

Ofcom OKs YouView

Ofcom has confirmed that it will not open an investigation into YouView (formerly known as ‘Project Canvas’) under the Competition Act following complaints made by Virgin Media and IPVision. Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said: “Ofcom’s view is that consumers’ interests will not be served by opening an investigation. It would be premature at the current […]

October 19, 2010

Portuguese invest E17 million in HDTV

The Portuguese national TV channels have started investing in High Definition as part of preparations for the analogue switch-off (ASO) due to take place on April 26th 2012. Commercial broadcaster SIC has announced it will invest up to E12 million in HD. Director general, Luis Marques, expects that the majority of the content and transmission […]

October 19, 2010From Branislav Pekic in Rome

DAB for 2015 but in-car is key

2015 is ‘achievable’ for an analogue-to-digital switchover, according to industry body Digital Radio UK.  CEO Ford Ennals told the Radio Festival that there had been “significant progress towards building momentum for digital radio,” and added that the analogue-to-digital switchover was a “matter of when not if”. Ennals stressed that a target date of 2015 was […]

October 19, 2010