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Leighton takes Pace chair, will buy £200,000 shares

Leighton takes Pace chair, will buy £200,000 shares

Prominent UK businessman Allan Leighton is to take over as Chairman of STB maker Pace, which recently gained number one ranking among set-top box manufacturers, but which has also attracted…

Orbit pay-TV hit by fire

Several channels from the Orbit Showtime Network have been affected by fire at its Dubai transmission centre. OSN confirmed the event Sunday morning, saying a “small fire” and subsequent power…

Optus chief queries Foxtel, Austar deal

The head of Australia’s second-largest telco says the proposed merger of pay-TV services Austar and Foxtel could raise competition concerns regarding content. According to Optus chief executive Paul O’Sullivan, the…

Resale pact for Telecom, Sky NZ

Telecom New Zealand and Sky, the country’s leading pay-TV operator, have struck a new commercial agreement that will enable Telecom to sell all of Sky’s television services to its customers…

500,000 watch Swisscom TV

500,000 watch Swisscom TV

  Four and a half years after it entered the television business, Swisscom has signed up its 500,000th TV customer. At the same time, the telecoms provider is expanding its…

Foxtel drops Xbox data charges

Foxtel drops Xbox data charges

Australian pay-TV provider Foxtel has confirmed that Telstra BigPond broadband customers will not be charged for any data when using Foxtel on Xbox 360, and six BigPond TV channels are…

Telmex thwarted in TV bid

Teléfonos de México’s (Telmex) request for a licence to offer pay-TV service has been rejected by the Mexican government, which cited deficiencies in the quality of the company’s connections with…

Research: Rapid MEA digital conversion, but hands stay in pockets

Despite the recent social and political turmoil, rapid conversion to digital TV continues in the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report from Digital TV Research (DTVR). Digital…

Canal Plus, Orange change pay TV plan

French pay TV operator Canal Plus and French telco Orange have dropped their plan to form a 50/50 joint venture between Canal Plus’s TPS Star service and Orange’s film and…

MTG Fox distribution deal

Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, has announced that Viasat Broadcasting has signed an exclusive four year pan-Scandinavian distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The…