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BT Vision VOD target ads

BT Vision Download Store is trailing the launch of a new service that offers customers free film rental in return for watching targeted advertisements. BT Vision, Hiro Media, Intel Corporation and FremantleMedia Enterprises will collaborate on a three-month trial offering Download Store customers three films, Mischief Night, Played and The Punk Rock Movie, at no […]

December 6, 2007

DTT to surpass 50% by 2010

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Digital terrestrial television has become Europe's second digital TV distribution platform, according to Italian consultancy e-Media Institute. According to data from June 2007, DTT was received in 25 million households in Western Europe, compared to 37 million satellite TV households. Digital cable and IPTV had respectively 13 million and 4 […]

December 5, 2007

Bertelsmann mulls control of RTL

Bertelsmann is considering taking full control of RTL Group, Europe's largest broadcaster. Bertelsmann confirmed a WSJ report that it was possible it would make an offer for the 10.2 per cent of RTL it does not already own, but cautioned that this had yet to be approved by its supervisory and management boards. Buying the […]

December 5, 2007

T-Com launches Extra TV in Montenegro

T-Com has launched Extra TV to T-Com customers in Montenegro. Extra TV is a digital TV offering of 60 domestic and international channels, hundreds of movies and a range of interactive options. Extra TV users will be able to view premium channels with the Extra TV service, including Discovery, Eurosport, National Geographic, Cartoon Network, MTV, […]

December 5, 2007

Xbox UK VOD service

Microsoft will allow UK gamers to purchase films through its Xbox 360 console from next week, as the console moves to compete with online download stores. The Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store will initially offer 40 popular film titles in standard and high definition. Users will pay between £2 (E2.9) and £4.50 for each film […]

December 5, 2007

Setanta reaches 1m

Pay-TV broadcaster Setanta Sports has signed up its millionth subscriber a few months after it began screening live Premiership football matches. The figure, up from just 200,000 subscribers a year ago, excludes more than 2 million viewers who receive the service through their contracts with Virgin Media in the UK and ntl/Chorus in Ireland. It […]

December 4, 2007

Sogecable-Telefonica’s Trio+ launches

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Sogecable-Telefonica's pay-TV offer launched this weekend following the expiry of the Government's 34 conditions on the digital DTH merger between the former Sogecable-controlled Canal Satelite and Telefonica-led Via Digital. One of the conditions adopted by the Government in 2002 to approve the digital merger prevented both companies from […]

December 3, 2007

TDA selects Eutelsat for DTT in Algeria

Eutelsat Communications has a contract for capacity on its Atlantic Bird 3 satellite with Télédiffusion d’Algérie (TDA) to broadcast Algeria’s national Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) package of television and radio channels. The launch of the new platform underpins the Algerian government’s objective to manage the transition of the country’s broadcasting sector into a fully digital […]

December 3, 2007

US networks reaping web ad profits

The four main US television networks are in line to generate $120 million (E81.2m) of revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to a media buyer Starcom. The networks have been reluctant to acknowledge the size of their streaming businesses, partly because online video advertising has become a sticking point in […]

November 30, 2007

Virgin VoD more viewers than Five?

Virgin Media's Malcolm Wall has claimed that its VOD service has grown to the point that its audience is larger than that for Channel Five. He said Virgin’s VoD service had clocked up 30 million individual clips viewed last month, from 3.5 million subscribers. Wall added that this “put it past” Channel Five’s consolidated viewing […]

November 30, 2007