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Gemstar files lawsuit against Virgin

Gemstar, the News Corp controlled TV listings company, has initiated patent litigation proceedings against Virgin Media in the English High Court. Gemstar allege that the Virgin companies infringe three of Gemstar's European patents, including techniques for providing certain interactive programme guides (IPGs), and for handling recordings from IPGs. We have worked diligently to license Virgin […]

January 28, 2008

Nielsen measures VOD data

The Nielsen Company has confirmed the commercial launch of Nielsen On Demand Reporting & Analytics, (NORA), a measurement service that aggregates and anonymously reports on video-on-demand (VOD) usage based on real time transactions collected at the set-top box level. At launch, Comcast will be providing VOD data for the NORA service, covering January 1, 2007 […]

January 28, 2008

32 candidates for 13 mobile TV frequencies

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris The French broadcasting regulator CSA received 32 candidates for the 13 mobile TV DVB-H frequencies by the closing time for applications. Many of the proposals come from existing channels broadcast on traditional platforms (DTT, cable, satellite, IPTV). In addition there were some created specifically for the mobile platform; whether mobile […]

January 18, 2008

BT strikes Disney deal

BT Vision has signed with Disney-ABC to give its customers more than 650 episodes of popular television shows, such as LOST and Ugly Betty, on a pay-per-view basis from 29p (E0.39) each . Customers can also get unlimited access to the shows as part of the firm’s £6 per month TV Pack subscription or the […]

January 18, 2008

Sardinia kick-starts Italy switchover

Italy’s communications authority said a deal has been reached between all TV operators in the Sardinia region on how to switchover to DTT. Sardinia is the first of Italy’s 20 regions to organise a switchover and the authority said it hopes Sardinia will set an example for the switch from analogue, due to be completed […]

January 18, 2008

FOX tops Sky Italia ratings

FOX Channels has released its 2007 year-end ratings results for Italy, a market that saw continued growth in pay TV last year. FOX's 12-channel strong entertainment and factual bouquet continued to be one of Sky Italia's key drivers. The group topped all other comparable networks with its growth contribution reaching 36 per cent of Sky's […]

January 18, 2008

TV on demand audiences rise

More than a third of British viewers regularly watch programmes on-demand instead of relying on traditional TV schedules, according to research. The report from Tiscali shows that 37 per cent, twice last year’s figure of 17 per cent, are now used to creating their own TV schedules. More than three-quarters (79 per cent) of British […]

January 17, 2008

FCC says wireless auction may be muted

The head of the Federal Communications Commission expressed concern that the credit crunch could hinder bidders in an upcoming government auction of wireless airwaves. Chairman Kevin Martin said that he was “concerned that the overall economic conditions could end up impacting the auction.” Martin’s comments came less than a week after a key potential bidder […]

January 17, 2008

Sky boosts Anytime

Sky is to launch its first TV ad promoting Sky Anytime on-demand service as part of a multimillion-pound campaign for Sky Movies. The TV ad for the Sky Anytime PC service, which uses the tagline “Nobody likes watching the clock”, features the Billie Holiday song Any Old Time. BSkyB has created a series of three […]

January 16, 2008

IFC VOD on cable

The Independent Film Channel is launching a new video-on-demand platform for independent films on some major cable systems. Festival Direct will be an on-demand service on Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Charter Communications. Viewers will get to choose from films that have premiered at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, […]

January 16, 2008